Black Audio Film Collective
Music as Spectral Infrastructure
Black Audio Film Collective’s 1989 film ‘Twilight City’ presents the financial deregulation and spatial restructuring of London in the late 1980s as a global shift in the economies of social domination that began at the colonial plantations of the Caribbean. The film presents a woman’s letter to her mother in Dominica, accompanied by interviews with historians, theorists, and journalists that reveal London as a city undergoing a global financial transformation where people live in worlds separated by race, gender, and class. ‘Twilight City’ is a profound meditation on London, exile, queerness, abandonment, and on the racial violence unleashed by the Margaret Thatcher government.
After the film, a conversation between Lynnée Denise and Edward George reflects on Black electronic music’s extraordinary capacity to articulate an infrastructure of feeling in resistance to the racial and sexual regimes that reproduce capitalism.