Music has the power to transcend borders and boundaries. With this in mind, this project focuses on how the meaning of music changes as it travels, and how it permeates and transforms culture, viewing the traditional categorisations of music by genre and region as a red herring.
The first Inter-Asia Pops Night was held at a DJ party in 2019, in Daerim-dong—an area in Seoul that is home to many migrant communities, such as Chinese– Koreans. It brought together a wide selection of Asian music within the context of Seoul's music scene. Now, Inter-Asia Pops Night travels to Venice.
The Inter-Asia Pops Night DJs will host a Future School opening party, where they will invite the audience to join them on a musical path that explores unexpected connections across continents and concepts.
The selection and amalgamation of different musical styles prompt a variety of questions. Where exactly is Asia? What does it demand from 'pop' music? And how is it changing the definition of 'pop'? Transcending melody and language, the music creates an emotional, bodily response, that matches the complexities of Asia as a place, a concept and an idea.