Launch of the TECHNO exhibition at the MUSEION modern art museum in Italy

An exhibition dedicated to techno has been launched at the MUSEION museum of modern art in Italy.

The first chapter of MUSEION’s long-term TECHNO HUMANITIES program, the TECHNO exhibition, which launched last week and will run until March 2022, is an international group exhibition that occupies the entire Museion building.

Focusing on the techno experience explored through three key themes: freedom, compression and exhaustion, the exhibition examines the “contemporary human condition and social order” through the prism of techno, with the help of a group of artists, musicians, producers and theorists. Artists who contributed to the exhibition curated by Bart van der Heide include Isabel Lewis, Matthew Herbert, Nkisi and Tishan Hsu.

“When it comes to subcultures, total immersion is fundamental,” says van der Heide. “There has never been a part-time punk movement. Yet in the case of the techno subculture, you can get in and out of it at any time. Mediated by new technologies, techno music has become the soundtrack of liberation and escape. The compressed sound architecture of the local techno club has built meaningful bonds with its community, through collective and interconnected experiences of joy, exhaustion and calculated liberation.

“In a way, the techno experience has managed to adapt perfectly to the demands of self-employed workers in a post-industrial era.

Techno has been explored through many different mediums this year. In May, two compilations exploring the development and history of Berlin techno were announced, and in July a new documentary on the rise of techno premiered as part of the Manchester International Festival (MIF ).

You can find out more about the exhibition via the MUSEION’s website.

Read DJ Mag’s 2019 article with Nkisi here, where we spoke to the London-based Congolo-Belgian DJ, producer and activist about her Lee Gamble album on UIQ, her collective NON Worldwide and the influence. of African cosmology on his work.

Earlier this year, a free exhibit exploring South London’s black music scene opened at the Horniman Museum. The exhibition will run until October 24, 2021.

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Reggie S. Williams