Tourist | Ben Compton

Tourist (2019) is a lecture exploring race, music, and public space. Sitting at a table equipped with a microphone, projector, and computer, Compton shares his memory of attending a community dance party in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A live feed of his desktop is projected on the wall in front of him and his voice is amplified through speakers. Using video clips, websites, maps, and playlists, Compton revisits elements of the dance party in virtual fragments. Over time, his personal narrative becomes a vehicle to interrogate the commodification of hip hop and the complex ways in which whiteness allows for cultural mobility in both physical and digital space.