Thu 25 May 2023

POSTPONED! Bass Culture, Cities and Underground Histories

Röhsska Museum and Pustervik


Henric BeneschOnkar Kular

POSTPONED! Caspar Melville has sustained injuries in a bicycle accident, rendering him unable to attend the event in Gothenburg. Consequently, we will be postponing this particular event. Our utmost wish is for Caspar’s swift recovery, and we eagerly anticipate the possibility of his participation at a future date.

Bass Culture, Cities and Underground Histories

A day of events examining how the musical cultures of Rare Groove, Acid House, Jungle and Grime have redesigned and remapped Swedish and UK cities from the underground up. The events bring together two recent books, Tillbaka till underjorden (Back to the underground) by Anna Gavanas, Anna Östöm and It’s a London Thing by Caspar Melville to centre spatial histories, autonomous designing and social production that often goes overlooked in mainstream accounts of these musical cultures.

Making Bass Culture

Author Caspar Melville joins Professor Onkar Kular in conversation around the collective and creative histories of Sound Systems, Jungle and Grime in the UK. 12-13hrs, Röhsska Museum

Walking Through Sonic History

Oral history tour with special guests connecting some of the key locations of Gothenburg’s underground culture. The tour departs at 13.30hrs from outside the main entrance of the Röhsska Museum, through the Haga district and ending at Järntorget.

Talking Back to the Underground

DJ’s and authors Anna Gavanas & Anna Öström join Caspar Melville in conversation focusing on the importance of club venues, sonics and underground culture as counter practices to urban gentrification. Doors open at 18.00hrs. Conversation start at 19:00hrs. Pustervik, Upper Floor

Playing the Underground Ting!

An evening revisiting some of the essential Rare Groove, Acid House, Jungle and Grime tracks with special guests Paula Max & Struck. 20.00hrs till late. Pustervik


The programme is organised by The Right to design platform in collaboration with Göteborgs Litteraturhus, Röhsska Museum, IASPIS & PARSE. The event has been kindly supported by Göteborgs Slöjdförening.

All events are in English and free to join.



Henric Benesch

Henric Benesch is an associate professor (docent) in Design at HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design, acting Dean at The Artistic Faculty and an associate of Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) at the University of Gothenburg. He is an architect interested in transdisciplinary and intersectional aspects of knowledge creation within and in relation to education and built environment with a particular interest in site-based and speculative methodologies. Recent publications include “The Right to Design” (2020), “What if a 1%-rule for Public Design” (2021) and “Co-curating the city: universities and urban heritage past and future” (2022).


Onkar Kular

Onkar Kular is Professor of Design at HDK Valand, Academy of Art & Design and Programme coordinator for PLACE (Public Life, Arts, Critical Engagement) at the Artistic Faculty, University of Gothenburg. His research is disseminated internationally through commissions, exhibitions, education, and publications. His work is in the collection of the CNAP, France, and Crafts Council, UK. He has guest-curated exhibitions for The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Karachi, and the Crafts Council, UK. He was Stanley Picker Fellow 2016 and Artistic Director of Gothenburg Design Festival, Open Week 2017 and Co-Artistic Director of Luleå Art Biennial 2022.


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