Sep 15, 2020 2020-09-15
Citizen DJ invites students to make hip-hop music using the free-to-use audio and video collections from the Library of Congress. By embedding these materials in hip-hop music, listeners will discover items in the library’s vast collections that they likely would never have known existed. The concept of Citizen DJ is grounded in hip-hop culture, which is composed of five elements: DJ-ing, MC-ing, B-boy/girling, Graffiti, and Knowledge. The last element refers to knowledge of history and knowledge of self. Citizen DJ is a resource for Knowledge encouraging the use of cultural heritage materials as a medium of self-expression and historical interrogation. It is a project of Brian Foo, who has worked in libraries and museums for nearly a decade, specializing in the visualization of large collections of media for the public. He is a 2020 Innovator in Residence at the Library of Congress and a data visualization artist at the American Museum of Natural History.