Public Knowledge: Document Your Culture

Taking place in Gallery 3, Emma Warren chairs this discussion, building on her first-hand experience researching and documenting different spaces and dancefloors that have historically been neglected or perceived as informal or peripheral. Visual artist Karimah Hassan, illustrator and rollerskater Wumi ‘WumZum’ Olaosebikan and musician-scholar Mykaell Riley will be in conversation with Emma to describe their formative experiences of formative spaces.

The discussion will close with a DJ set and an informal dance session for the audience and panellists in which ‘zero skill is required’.

£5 (full price) 

£4 (concessions)


Emma Warren has built a career writing in the music industry and bringing people together to discuss culture making and collective activity. Emma hosts a monthly radio show on Worldwide FM where she invites regular special guests and talks all things music culture. Emma’s book Make Some Space was a project to document the Total Refreshment Centre (TRC) social centre in London, to bring to pages it’s moment in culture. The TRC closed in-part in 2018 but remains open as a music studio & recording space.

Karimah Hassan was born in Wales with Yemeni and Bangladeshi heritage, her expressive, bold aesthetic and is heralded for ‘taking stories of community gatekeepers full circle, from the canvas to the streets‘. Karimah creates live paintings at performance events across London and New York in order to highlight the importance of communities in the city.

Wumi ‘Wumzum’ Olaosebikan is a British born illustrator, muralist, animator.

Mykaell Riley‘s career started as a founder member of the British roots Reggae band Steel Pulse who would go onto receive a Grammy. Over the years he has performed, produced, managed and consulted on many successful artists and their projects. As a professional writer/producer, Mykaell’s work has encompassed TV, Film and Theatre, resulting in over eleven UK top twenty positions, and three UK number ones. He also formed The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Britain’s first black pop string section and composed extensively for television including the BBC, ITV, SKY and Endemol. He is the Programme Director for The Black Music Research Unit (BMRU) and Principal Investigator for Bass Culture Research at the University of Westminster. In 2016, having secured the first major AHRC award to research the impact of Jamaican music in Britain, he became a Principal Investigator. In 2017 he championed the Grime Report in partnership with Ticketmaster, which resulted in a change in government legislation. In 2018 he staged the UK’s largest photographic exhibit on the impact of Jamaican music in Britain. In 2019 he released ‘Bass Culture’ the film mapping Soundsystem culture to Grime. In 2020 he consultant Brent 2020 No Base Like Home festival, remains trustee for Tavaziva Dance, Finding. Rhythms and sits on International Advisory Board for HKW Berlin.