CHICAGO BLAcK SOCIAL CULTURE MAP
Based on their 2014 work Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of Chicago House & Black Social Culture, Honey Pot Performance is creating an interactive digital map documenting Black social culture from the Great Migration through the end of the 20th century. The map features profiles for over 300 different venues, each of which includes basic information, first-person stories, and supplemental media, all collected through collaborative community research. Though work will be ongoing, HPP will launch the first public version of the site in July 2017.
Drawing from music forms such as blues, gospel, disco, and funk as well as dances such as the slow drag, bopping, stepping, the hustle, and line dances, the map explores “house” as an evolving embodied lineage of African American forms of making community and of cultural resistance influenced by the Great Migration from the rural South to the urban North (1910s through the 1970s). While the core of this project focuses on Black social culture as an overarching operating category, it also acknowledges the cultural contributions of other primary social identifications, especially Latino and queer communities who were critical to the emergence of house culture in the 1970s and 1980s.
Ultimately, we hope to contribute a previously unheard narrative into the historical record, gathering together new facets of Chicago house music & dance as examples of Americana firmly embedded in our local, regional, and national culture as well as building new strategies for sharing this rich cultural knowledge.