May 05 2012- May 18 2012
Opening Hours: 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Curated by Francesca Gavin

“I would only believe in a God that knows how to dance.” – Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche, 1885

“E-Vapor-8″, titled after a 1992 track by the rave band Altern 8, explores the influence and relationship between contemporary art and rave and electronic music culture. Here everything can be taken from ‘the archive’ and reworked – the surface glare of squeaky voice, the speed of imagery and sound, infantalist fashion, smiley faces, pirate radio, fractal imagery, hyper color fluorescents, sample-style editing processes, found footage of dancing and parties, Spiral Tribe’s politicization, and kiddie-rave pop songs. There are more serious ideas behind the visual and aural melting pot. Ideas around community, technology, intellectual and physical freedom, rebellion and myth-making all play into this wave of contemporary work.

Rave is now positioned, aesthetically and aurally, as a proto universe for contemporary, technology-infused art. House and rave provided some of the first examples of defunct technologies being co-opted and reused by a younger generation for creative purposes. Computer-made graphics once used as rave visuals are now considered precursors to online experimentation. The processes of cut and paste, sampling and looping that were the basis of DIY electronic music are echoed in video editing techniques and online footage amalgams. Early house and rave culture provided a model of democratization of culture, just as contemporary visual artists consider their use of the internet now. The hedonistic drug references of the period are gone. The moment of mass cultural upheaval has passed. We are left with a sense of DIY utopia and the desire to create work that is immediate, sensorial, and at times simply fun.

Participating artists include: Fatima Al Qadiri, Cory Arcangel and Frankie Martin, Rhys Coren, Petra Cortright, Jeremy Deller, Aleksandra Domanovic, Cecile B Evans, Jeffrey Gibson, Alexandra Gorczynski, Leslie Kulesh, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, Marisa Olson, Hannah Perry, Christian J. Petersen (Dumb Eyes), Travess Smalley, Lucy Stokton, and Daniel Swan.

Francesca Gavin is a writer, editor and curator based in London. She is the Visual Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused, the art editor of Twin and a Contributing Editor at AnOther and Sleek Magazine. Her books ‘100 New Artists’, ‘Creative Space’, ‘Hell Bound: New Gothic Art’ and ‘Street Renegades’ are all published by Laurence King. She has curated international exhibitions including ‘Responsive Eyes’ (Jacob’s Island, London 2012) ‘The New Psychdelica’ (MU, Eindhoven 2011) and ‘Syncopation’ (Grimmuseum, Berlin 2010). She has written for publications including Vogue, Wallpaper*, It’s Nice That, Nylon, Bon, icon, Oyster, Blueprint, Art Review and Sunday Times Style and is the curator of the Soho House group.

Featured Press


E-Vapor-8 Pairs Art With Juicy 90s Club Hits: “Rave is waving its glow sticks again, but in an unexpected form. A generation of artists are exploring the relationship between electronic music culture and rave references to create artworks about freedom and the archive.” – The Creators Project

Frieze Week: “Curator Francesca Gavin’s group show, which includes work by Cory Arcangel and Frankie Martin, among others, highlights the relationship between contemporary art and electronic music, and shows us that rave culture isn’t dead—yet.” - New York Magazine

Art and Music Collide in Brooklyn: “The influence of the original rave scene on contemporary art and music is fueled by a kind of nostalgia for something that wasn’t directly experienced by many new artists. There was a sense of pure musical, visual and physical freedom that they find very attractive and inspiring . I think rave culture and music was the last gasp of 80′s creative ideals, the sense that anything was possible.” - Phaidon

The ARTINFO Guide to Frieze Week in NYC, From Satellite Fair Highlights to Can’t-Miss Gallery Shows:  ”big name gallery shows” - ARTINFO

Rave On: “Rave is relevant today more than ever in our increasingly restricted society, with social gatherings more heavily monitored and discouraged than in living memory.” - Dazed & Confused


E-Vapor-8 by Altern 8, music video
Works (In Order of Appearance)
OO, 2011
  • Artist: Rhys Coren
  • Description: Video and audio installation
  • URL: rhyscoren.co.uk
  • Keywords: sound, video
19:30, 2010
  • Artist: Aleksandra Domanovic
  • Description: Double record on vinyl, audio, 25 min
  • URL: nineteenthirty.net/
  • Keywords: sound
PLUR Piece, 2012
  • Artist: Alexandra Gorczynski
  • Description: Mixed media installation
  • URL: www.alexandragorczynski.com
  • Keywords: multimedia, installation
  • Artist: Leslie Kulesh
  • Description: Interactive mixed media installation
  • URL: www.lesliekulesh.com
  • Keywords: interactive, multimedia, installation
  • Artist: Jeffrey Gibson
  • Description: Deer and goat hide covered wood panels, graphite and colored pencil, acrylic and spray paint. 42 x 22 inches (4 panels overall)
  • URL: www.jeffreygibson.net
  • Keywords: painting
4 AM, 2012
  • Artist: Jeffrey Gibson
  • Description: Goat hide covered wood panel, graphite and colored pencil, acrylic and spray paint. 9.25 x 7.5 inches.
  • URL: www.jeffreygibson.net
  • Keywords: painting
  • Artist: Jeffrey Gibson
  • Description: Goat hide covered wood panel, graphite and colored pencil, acrylic and spray paint. 6.75 x 8.25 inches
  • URL: www.jeffreygibson.net
  • Keywords: painting
Turn it up, 2012
  • Artist: Jeffrey Gibson
  • Description: Goat hide covered wood panels, graphite and colored pencil, acrylic and spray paint. 23 x 25 inches.
  • URL: www.jeffreygibson.net
  • Keywords: painting
  • Artist: Jeremy Deller
  • Description: Poster based on the work Bless This Acid House, 2005 to commemorate the exhibition ‘Joy in People’ at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre.
  • URL: www.jeremydeller.org
  • Keywords: print
  • Artist: Marisa Olson
  • Description: Plastic, magnetic tape, gold acrylic, hair, dust, dimensions variable
  • URL: www.marisaolson.com
  • Keywords: sculpture, installation
  • Artist: Daniel Swan
  • Description: A 3D video of long-lost garments carried through the morning void by vicennial winds
  • URL: www.danielswan.co.uk
  • Keywords: 3d, video
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Chic, 2012
  • Artist: Fatima Al Qadiri and Kamau Patton
  • Description: Hip Hop Spa posits an uncanny parallel between the luxurious solitary confinement of a spa experience and the introspective image of prison solitary confinement often presented in contemporary, genre specific, hip hop cultural product.
  • URL: fatimaalqadiri.com/
  • Keywords: sound, video
Corpcore, 2010
  • Artist: Fatima Al Qadiri, Ryan Trecartin and Rhett LaRue
  • Description: Description: Video 3:20 min. Corpcore combines corporate and gym aesthetics, layering bodies working out with bodies working in executive workspaces.
  • URL: fatimaalqadiri.com/
  • Keywords: sound, video
Cat Rave, 2004
  • Artist: Lucy Stokton
  • Description: video installation
  • URL: stokton.info
  • Keywords: video, installation, software
  • Artist: Cécile B. Evans
  • Description: HD, 7 min. The artist performs an interpretive sign language version of Paula Abdul's 1988 number one single of the same name. Music by Mati Gavriel www.matigavriel.net; After Effects: Edmund Brown edmundbrown.co.uk
  • URL: www.mogollon-ny.com/cecile
  • Keywords: video
  • Artist: Hannah Perry
  • Description: Video 5:12 minutes
  • URL: www.hannahperry.com
  • Keywords: video
  • Artist: Fatima Al Qadiri and Sophia Al-Maria
  • Description: Video 3:45 mins. How Can I Resist U is a love letter to London in general and dubstep (before it wobbled) in particular. "Lenden" as it's known has become a historic site of pilgrimage for wealthy Arabs seeking the forbidden fruits of sex, drugs and alcohol.
  • URL: fatimaalqadiri.com/
  • Keywords: sound, video
  • Artist: Travess Smalley
  • Description: HD looped video
  • URL: vimeo.com/32319320
  • Keywords: video
  • Artist: Hannah Perry
  • Description: Single channel video, 7:29 minutes
  • URL: www.hannahperry.com
  • Keywords: video
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  • Artist: Christian J Petersen
  • Description: Video 3:18 min. Music - Red Shoes by Hungry Soul.
  • URL: vimeo.com/channels/259362
  • Keywords: video