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Gallery: Rave and its influence on art and culture

September 2016

Real Arcadia (Never Been To Belgium) by Matt Stokes, 2003. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, Gateshead and London and the Markus Lüttgen Gallery, Köln. Photos by Steely D.

This ongoing project by Matt Stokes documents a series of illegal raves that took place in caves in the Lake District in North West England during the late 1980s and early 90s.

Real Arcadia (Never Been To Belgium) by Matt Stokes, 2003. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, Gateshead and London and the Markus Lüttgen Gallery, Köln. Photos by Steely D.

Still from Irene de Andrés's Festival Club. Where Nothing Happens (2016), courtesy of the artist.

Where Nothing Happens is a series of films about abandoned nightclubs and party venues in Ibiza. Festival Club, depicted here, was a restaurant and rodeo venue that has been left derelict for more than 30 years, becoming a space for secret raves in the 1980s and early 90s. For this film, Andrés invited DJ Alfredo Fiorito to play a set on the empty site.

From left: Sabine Maes, Renaat Vandepapeliere, CJ Bolland and Cisco Ferreira. Rave features an interview R&S founder Renaat Vandepapeliere by Nav Haq

Renaat Vandepapeliere’s first time in a studio, 1983. Courtesy of R&S

At work in the R&S studio apartment. Courtesy of R&S

At work in the R&S studio apartment. Courtesy of R&S

CJ Bolland (left) and Juan Atkins, at work in the R&S studio apartment. Courtesy of R&S

Stills from Jef Cornelis’s De Kleuren Van De Geest (The Colours Of The Mind) (1997). Courtesy of Argos, Brussels. Copyright VRT

De Kleuren Van De Geest is the last film that Cornelis made. It looks at mental and physical states induced by trance music and its historical link to esoteric folk traditions.

Still from Dan Halter‘s Untitled (Zimbabwean Queen of Rave) (2005), courtesy of the artist. Halter combines individual and group experiences in relation to Zimbabwe's 'Queen Of Rave', Rozalla, known for her 1991 dance hit “Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)”

Black Dog have given us a look at some of the photos inside their new publication Rave: Rave And Its Influence On Art And Culture edited by Nav Haq

Rave takes a look at the social, political and economic conditions that led to the counterculture movement in the 1980s and 90s, and its lasting influence as seen through the eyes of contemporary art. Featuring works and text by Jeremy Deller, Rineke Dijkstra, Daniel Pflumm, Mark Fisher, Kodwo Eshun and others, the book accompanies the exhibition Energy Flash: The Rave Movement which is happening now at M HKA in Antwerp until 25 September 2016.

Rave is co-published by M HKA and Black Dog. Al Cameron reviewed the exhibition in The Wire 391, which subscribers can read over at Exact Editions.

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