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Dark Hope: Rave, liberation, techno, ecology, politics, sub-cultures

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Research into Rave culture & ecology

I've returned back to a point where I often begin. Rave & ecology/ecology of rave. In 2018 I ran the weekend retreat Wild Philosophy: Raving, Running, Reading which incorporated raving naked in an ex-church turned residency space as a means for making.

I also had the idea of creating a Peatbog rave as an artwork. I am going to investigate what I am trying to get at and how can I link this with what I have been doing with sound?

The darkness of these elements relates back to Murky Horizons:

embracing the eerie

dark undercurrents

death cycles

Energy transfers

Hope can be found close to the griminess of a techno rave floor

The dancing body is political

Links (rave & bogs):

Grimy landscapes

Uncertain landscapes

Always moving & adjusting

Networks of support

Darkness - night

No matter how these spaces are suppressed they manage to carry on or be revived

Othered spaces

Feared spaces

Music sub-genres: acid, techno, breakcore, darkcore, glitch, IDM

Derrick May - Acid music is so-called not because of drugs but because the sound in sulphuric and that's what the kids wanted to call it


Everybody in the Place - Jeremy Deller

Ecstacy: The Battle of Rave - BBC Doc series


Illegal raves: How the underground scene has never really gone away

'Rave Trilogy' -Rebecca Salvadori

Quotes from Rebecca Salvadori's film series 'Rave Trilogy'

"The clubs that I want to be in are anonymous in the sense that no dominant culture exists within, no specific way of being there. I feel undefined and can focus on the sound"

"Once you enter the audible field there is no doubt as to why you are there, as the sound takes over and plays with you. To be ok in this unknown, and be guided by this communal folding and unfolding. I think it is the greatest social importance in the long term. Maybe you feel internally shuffled, expanded, moved or squeezed."

"Anything that recognises the unfolding of the living can be a spiritual practice, I think. It assigns a presence to the living. This practice is our cue to take the agency. Eliminating expectation of who you are, or how things ought to be."

The End of the World Has Already Happened - Timothy Morten

He references club scene, acid house and how this relates to ecology, how you're allowing yourself to be pulled by an experience, adjusting to and taking care of other people in a space. Open up the future and being in the moment, not stepping on anyone else's toes so that everyone can co-exist. What is called being present, is a pulsating and moving thing or group of things, dripping, flowing to their own rhythm. We need to appreciate other rhythms in nature.

"In both post-colonial and post-industrial contexts, hurting bass frequencies articulate feelings of subjective and shared embattlement"

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