Hip Hop Hoops

the human beatbox: gutturally reversing automation

graffiti, hydraulics, turntablism: turning the artifacts of modern industrialism into works of art

breakdancing: humans coming to terms with their roboticization

sampling: retrieval from the data banks of the posthuman memory

hip hop: the aesthetic response to the machinations of cyborg culture

so … what does that mean for basketball, the sport most closely linked to hip hop culture? It means that basketball is at a break boundary in its evolution (what biologists call a cladogenesis), with the aesthetic and process-oriented form of "ghettoball" or "streetball" emerging from the highly-disciplined lineage of ball that Naismith introduced a century ago, and subverting cyborgification while doing so.


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