Splicing together footage from the musical comedy Pardon My Sarong (1942) and the TV series Graffiti Rock (1986), Tap Hop stages a dance battle between the pioneering 1980's hip-hop crew the New York City Breakers and the seminal 1940's tap group Tip Tap & Toe. The complex cultural matrix between tap and hip-hop emerges through this collision, including an inverted audio track that has the breakers moving to the beats of tap, and the tappers dancing to the scratch rhythms of turntablism.
Tap Hop is part of The Lessons, a series of short form video works that produce rogue pedagogies on diverse cultural vectors. Archival history is folded into new constellations, producing virtual proximities between disparate temporal moments.
Materials: Pardon my Sarong (1942), Graffiti Rock (1984). Music: DJ Faust 'Return of the DJ', DJ Krush 'Krushed Wall', DJ QBert 'Six Fingered Fury', DJ QBert 'Quadraphonic Element Download', LL Cool J 'Can't Live Without My Radio'.
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