The music of Java is a style that is believed to have emerged in 1925 and, with the help of American cinema, has come to be seen as "the real music of Paris." The very opposite of the strict waltz, it came from the criminal circles or the poor neighborhoods. Java developed from mazurka, blended the folk music of Auvergne with gypsy rhythms, and was played on the accordion, which is an Italian musical instrument. The complex history of the genre is a reflection of the hidden history of Paris that dates back to the nineteenth-century renovation project of Baron Haussmann, which pushed the poor and the gypsies to the outskirts of Paris and made the city attractive for workers from France and abroad. People who were displaced from the center settled in slums, settlements, and improvised blocks around the city: the periphery that gave rise to what would become the culture of the city, appropriated by the center, and bringing millions of tourists to Paris. Stany Cambot will trace the history of this cultural phenomenon from the renovation of Baron Haussmann to today's Paris agglomeration created by the worldwide process of metropolization. He will discuss how spontaneous movements of population are inseparable from contemporary urban planning and how, against all logic, the economic and urban planning project that creates the city's periphery, tries to destroy it.
About the speaker
Stany Cambot is an architect, interdisciplinary artist, scenographer, and researcher of urban minorities. In 1998 he founded Échelle Inconnue, a research and creative project that studies alternative and emerging forms of urban life and communities excluded from research or discriminated against for their alternative lifestyle (immigrants, Roma, homeless and nomadic people). He has contributed to many academic publications and is the author of Villes Nomades, histoires clandestines de la modernité [Nomadic Cities: The Hidden History of Modernity], and the maker of the documentary film Blouma. Since 2015, he has been researching informal construction in the post-Soviet space (garage co-ops, markets, kiosks, and stands) as well as the life of migrants in the city at the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences.
The lecture is organized in collaboration with French Association D'EST