Techno&Philosophy and Fiumano Projects present
TECHNO AND THE CITY
SO… IS THERE SUCH A THING AS TECHNO ART?
As often happens, questions can be more important than answers. When we began this process, we were more interested in the journey; we wanted to explore a theme rather than finding an easy solution to sell. To be honest, we looked for small treasures, as opposed to the Eldorado. It was with this spirit that we opened a call for proposals to attract emerging artists. At the same time, we took a proactive approach and went on a virtual journey to find other gems.
The map we had gave us some indications. With the rise of the digital, innovative media has transformed the art world. There are no fixed objects and we had to look for hybrids. Sonic art mixed with visual art, objects that made sounds, machines turned into sculptures, techno-performers, robotic languages, soundscapes, electric canvases. As if this was not enough, we realised that not only the concept of what art actually is was stretching, but space too.
All of the artefacts we encountered had a special relationship to the urban space from where they originated. Like in an assemblage, we saw different cities merging together and beyond boundaries we could see other cities running through the local urban fabric. We also realised that the journey is full of threats. Corporate sheriffs like to destroy autonomous spaces, so we found that our mission is also to fight back, resist, and by doing so, create and push the boundaries of our imagination. Thus, this exhibition will also be a moment of celebrating this battle, a break between journeys.
FEATURING WORK BY
ABDUL QADIM HAQQ
Abdul Qadim Haqq is an American visual artist and a pioneer of Techno Visual Art. Founder of Third Earth Visuals, Haqq has provided the electronic music community with visual conceptual imagery since 1989. His artwork is seen all over the world on classic Detroit Techno records by likes of Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Underground Resistance, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes, Rick Wade and many more.
Anakhemia is the artist persona of Afra Khan, who plays electronic mind-body music, and whose vision is to inspire a dialogue in the human psyche through the method of musical storytelling.
Daniel Kalinski aka CHAZME is a Polish painter, illustrator and street artist. His work consists of dystopian structures that reflect the pattern of modern skyscraper architecture and acts as a critique on contemporary urban planning.
Jiyoung Yoo is a London-based artist whose work portrays today’s landscape where images she encountered from her ‘real’ life and her ‘digital’ life merge.
Influenced by renovation and decay, Heiner launched his own design-label in 2014. Heiner’s work is marked by the link between textiles and graffiti.
Julien Pacaud is a French artist and illustrator, living and working in Paris. In 2013, Julien collaborated with Axis, the home of Jeff Mills and Yoko Uozumi.
Michael Lange is a German photographer known for his atmospheric compositions. His work “WALD | Landscapes of Memory” appeared on Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald’s collaborative project “Borderland”.
Narin Kim is a visual designer and digital artist who was born in Seoul, South Korea. Narim will present “SecretTranslator 1.0”, a project that explores digital textuality, oral speech, and print media using digital coding.
Stefan Fähler is a freelance art director and illustrator working primarily in the music and film industries. He designs the ongoing flyer series for Gegen Berlin at Kit Kat Club.
Djurovic uses many different media and combines different methods from woodcut to animation clips. Techno lovers may remember Distant Echoes' "Fury Road EP" cover, published by Dystopian records, a label famous for its melancholic and dark sounds.
SPECIAL LONDON GUEST: SIREN
SIREN is the London-based collective focused on forward thinking movements in dance music promoting women and non-binary artists.