Youth culture, dominated by musical tastes, fashion, objectionable hairstyles and its own language, is nothing but an artefact of growing up. It’s the outcome of the process that young people, navigating the tortured period of adolescence, go through as they seek a community that’s distinct from that which has come before. Essentially, it’s a period rich in self-expression, catalysed by the negotiation of social boundaries.
Manchester based artist and cultural programmer, Michael Barnes-Wynters was invited by Tate Collectives to produce a new audio visual installation exploring UK subcultures and its relationships with Jamaican culture as part of the Tate Tanks opening season during the Cultural Olympiad 2012 programme.
An amazingly diverse mix of cultures and ages from 16- 68 shared their stories from Queer to Dancehall, Goths to Grime as all were asked the same three key questions which explores the myriad of subcultures and ultimately the meaning of Dutty Lingo and the influence of Jamaican culture apon UK subcultures.
Britain is as much about jerk chicken, rice’n’peas as it is about fish ‘n’ chips and is as much about the Caribbean Carnival as it is about the Hallé Orchestra.
Beware! Dutty Lingo 2014