Black to Techno is a new mini-documentary that offers a visual take on the origins of techno music in Detroit – and its interconnections with the sounds of German electronic music.
Featuring a combination of vintage film and original footage, director Jenn Nkiru‘s film explores the roles played by history, technology, geography and race in the emergence of techno music.
Nkiru describes her directing approach as “cosmic archaeology” – unearthing bits of information she finds and putting them back together. The question she hopes the resulting film will answer is: “How can we become more familiar with ideas that are from our past?”
Narrators include beatjazz futurist Onyx Ashanti and seminal techno producer Juan Atkins.
The film was produced by art magazine Frieze and Gucci.