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In collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut, Concrete Blossom presents a series of video essays and podcasts about language, imagery and space in hip hop culture. In this second part of Articulating Sauce, Malique Mohamud (Concrete Blossom) is joined by Zouhair Hammana as they reflect on the philosophy of Gucci Mane (‘the sauce’), knowledge in our social circles, and the embodiment of this knowledge in a westernised society.

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In this programme, guests respond to the themes from the first video essay in this series. Together they reflect on the philosophy of rapper Gucci Mane, who speaks indirectly about producing knowledge in the margins of society. He talks about ‘the sauce’, a metaphor he uses to describe his life and way of thinking. Together, Malique Mohamud of Concrete Blossom and Zouhair Hammana elaborate on his ideas further.

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19:00 – 20:00


Zouhair Hammana

Zouhair Hammana is a social theorist and sociologist who works across different disciplines on themes relating to anti-capitalism, decolonisation and anti-colonialism. Hammana is currently working on his PhD and teaches at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Aside from academic work, Hammana is an activist who focuses on dismantling systems of oppression. 

Concrete Blossom x Het Nieuwe Instituut

This three-part series of video essays and podcasts is a collaboration between Concrete Blossom and Het Nieuwe Instituut and is part of Concrete Blossom’s podcast series Life at The Niteshop. The podcast episodes are recorded in The Niteshop: the first knowledge centre for urban culture in the Netherlands.

Life at The Niteshop

If you are familiar with hip hop culture, you are familiar with the fact that it is a world where everything gets remixed. From imagery to language to space, everything changes into building blocks that are used to create new worlds. Since its rise in the 1970s and 80s, hip hop has passed through the hands of many generations of young people who transformed it into a tool for social-cultural alchemy. It represents the power to challenge a world that is not made by you, and is not for you to change. Think of fashion, media, and other domains that could follow. Through Life at The Niteshop, listeners will learn how exponents of urban culture, aka The Culture, are developing new languages and knowledge from the position of underdog that have the potential to change society.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.