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Updates from the CIPHER

Breaking and the Olympics Speaker Series

Hosted by Mary Fogarty (York University) & Jason Ng (University College Cork) This 2021-22 online speaker series brings together Hip Hop researchers and dance practitioners to exchange ideas, share research in its developmental stages, and broaden our collective...

RTÉ to film Hip Hop premiere on UCC Campus

As part of their ‘Change Makers’ television series, RTÉ will be at UCC’s Honan Plaza to film the World Premiere of ‘UBUNTU: Local is Global’. The live show is a celebration of hip hop arts and culture. The program features music, dance, and art exploring how hip hop is a global youth culture encouraging dialogue between diverse cultures.

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Gems from the CIPHER

Alienness (MZK) – The Bronxstyle

Alienness (MZK) – The Bronxstyle

Bboy Alienness refocused a generation through this seminal dance text of the 2000s. Inspiring a new old school, Alienness pushed the emphasis from power moves back to movement with feeling and groove: "I can teach a chihuahua to stand on one hand but I can't teach...

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Little Simz – ‘Boss’

Little Simz – ‘Boss’

In 'Boss', Simz describes her rise to the top and asserts herself as a formidable artist in a predominantly male sphere. Inverting the masculinist language of the song title, she issues a warning shot: "I'm a boss in a fucking dress"...

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Spekulativ Fiktion – ‘Google’

Spekulativ Fiktion – ‘Google’

Spek details the Local Geological Record that tracks the first animal to walk on land (and it's in Ireland, where CIPHER is based!). Dropping some intensely local knowledge, he highlights the importance of heritage: "its feckin’ timeless, like the Tetrapod Footprints...

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