The Photobastei brings techno culture into the museum with two major exhibitions and delves into the history and phenomenon with a rich accompanying program and numerous protagonists.
Zurich's techno culture is part of UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage! This "last youth movement", as techno culture is called, has long since entered the mainstream and society at large.
As a global phenomenon, techno has not only shaped the history of music, but has also set impulses that have had an impact on contemporary culture, art, pop culture, media consumption and technology. In the fields of tension between underground and mainstream, politics and commerce, space and time, the Goethe-Institut's exhibition "Techno Worlds" takes up local and global perspectives of techno and dares to experiment with having some important phenomena of techno and club culture told and presented in their infinite facets by works of visual artists. Over 20 international artists have been selected for Techno Worlds, blurring the boundaries between art, music, film, fashion and technology in their works.
With its own production "The Pulse of Techno", Photobastei is also creating a group exhibition that is based around the core exhibition "Techno Worlds" and complements it with a focus on Zurich and the spaces created by techno.
Techno really took off in the Zwingli city in the 1990s. Initially, this had to do with the same factors that helped techno break through all over the world: more affordable synthesizers and other electronic devices, a passionate, curious youth, new drugs and the fascinating, booming bass from Detroit. In Zurich, the provocative Street Parade, which was held for the first time in 1992, the liberalization of the Hospitality Industry Act in 1996 and the abolition of the ban on dancing on public holidays four years later were additional amplifiers. The exhibition explores all these themes and aspects.
The accompanying program picks up on the themes set out in the exhibitions and brings them to the stage. The history of techno cannot be told without Detroit techno. So Underground Resistance will be playing with Depth Charge on January 20 at the Photobastei.
Marco Repetto and Thomas Fehlmann represent the beginnings in Europe and their connection to punk. The latter is represented in the exhibition with a poetic generator that he and his music partner at the time, Max Loderbauer, built and tinkered with themselves at the beginning of the 90s.
Together with Swiss pioneer Manon, Eli Verveine and Manuel Fischer, Fehlmann will be performing at the first party night on January 14.
Gabriel Le Mar and Youth, two other techno veterans, will be behind the desks on January 27, as will the Katermukke label from Berlin (February 24) around Dirty Doering.
The legendary Club Aera (17.2.) is experiencing a revival, as is Rohstofflager (9.3.), which is presenting Kittin, a star who was discovered on its own premises back in the day.
Les Belles de Nuit, the Zurich women's collective, celebrates its 10th anniversary with an entire festival within the festival (14 - 17.3.) and the young labels Amphitheater (2.3.) and Haggarrave (23.3.) point to the future.
However, this only superficially describes the Saturday parties! On Sunday evening from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Photobastei brings the legendary "Studio B" back to life! In 2001, the party series attracted people to the Supermarket Club every first and third Sunday of the month. Musically, Studio B was at home between tech house, minimal techno and techno pop. The DJs and live acts were selected according to mood and the program was a colorful mix. For Studio B reloaded, Photobastei was able to win over the Beatpirates. They are curating the program and will certainly be behind the decks themselves.
In addition to the parties, the accompanying program also offers many concerts, for example with ex-Kraftwerk and music soldier Wolfgang Flür (2.2.), Max Loderbauer and Nicolas Stocker (12.1.), Alphageneric, Annie Aries and Perpetual Bridge (9.2.), Saalschutz (1.3.), Rizzoknor (8.3.), Angelo Repetto (28.3.) and others.
Talks and panel discussions, some in collaboration with the Bar & Clubkommission Zürich, complement the performance art. The oral history series "Zürich Calling" attempts to trace local techno history in discussions with important protagonists.
The aim is to give visitors a feel for the zeitgeist of an era. They will learn how ideas came about, what went well and what failed - and why. Which sound, which DJs and which locations were relevant - and why. What was hip and in and what was yawning and out in the respective decade.
The talks, which take place every two weeks on Wednesday evenings, are hosted by Arnold Meyer (Technopapst) and Thomas Wyss (author of the "Tages-Anzeiger" series "Legendäre Zürcher Discos"). Three to four influential figures and protagonists from the Zurich techno scene take part in each round.
Finally, the accompanying program also offers many workshops: After all, the history of a youth movement is always also a history of self-empowerment and appropriation! If inexpensive electronic devices had not come onto the market, such as the Roland TR8, the development of new music and a new identity in the Black community in Detroit, Chicago and New York would not have been possible. The Photobastei is showing some of these devices in the exhibition "The Pulse Of Techno".
At the same time, it invites visitors to generate their own beat at the end of the exhibition. A whole table of devices is available for this purpose. And for those who want to continue practicing or improve their skills, workshops at all levels are offered in collaboration with the ZHDK and the smem, Swiss Museum of Electronic Musical Instruments. May this youth movement never rest!
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