Carousel examines rave, euphoria and togetherness at Multiple States Gallery

Andrew Finch, Mark Leckey, Vinca Petersen, Joe Wilson and emerging filmmakers are presenting an exhibition and film screenings, all themed around dance culture and electronic music, on Thurs 17 Aug.

After premiering to rave reviews at London’s Photo Book Café, CAROUSEL now presents this exploration of Britain’s most iconic cultural movements to Brighton’s Multiple States Gallery. It features a range of emerging and established contemporary artists, including Mark Leckey, Joe Wilson, Nick Hadfield & HforSpirit, ParadiseTv.xyz, bill daggs, Psychic TV, Gastão Ramos, Anderson Matthew, Galen Bullivant, Megan Walker and Andrew Finch.  

The screenings will also feature a book signing by celebrated  British photographer and artist Vinca Petersen, who will be introducing her film.

The film programme also features work about Brighton’s own free party and subculture history. carousel

Curated by Andrew Finch, and supported by BFI and Cinema for All, the screenings include Fabric, Plastic, People (Shine On You Craz y Diamonds) by bill daggs – a visual poem which celebrates joyous movement as an act of resistance, a leap of faith, and a reminder to love. An artist, archivist, and musician working across disciplines from his London studio, daggs’s practice is bass heavy and firmly rooted in the sounds of his environment. An ongoing series of rhythmic investigations present themselves in a range of different media, though his works are always born from sonic moments, and ultimately reliant on the artists musicking. 

Joe Wilson offers a collection of short videos, which use passages of text over lo-fi imagery mostly shot on trips around the UK. They touch on nuances of British life and try to work out and try to work out how thirty-plus years spent consuming day-to-day banality, pop culture, language and landscape on this island manifests into time-based art. The fragments are an attempt to recognise and cherish our cosmic insignificance and a reminder that nothing is safe from being beautiful if looked at in the right way. The four chosen to screen at Carousel are selects from the collection which display themes of rave culture and/or electronic music. 

ParadiseTv presents We Got Jungle,.

An experimental film harnessing  the power of Artificial Intelligence to explore Jungle music’s sociological impact in post-Thatcher Britain. Combined with A.I.-assisted copy, hundreds of computer-generated images create a re-enactment of early Jungle raves and place the audience at the epicentre of the scene’s lost embryonic moments (before IRL photographers even had a chance to point their lens) to witness the emotional reaction and cultural expression felt by the participants.

Founded in 2018, ParadiseTv is a creative platform dedicated to championing overlooked and undervalued films from the past and present. An online TV Channel and curatorial space at its centre, it is orbited by other aesthetic components such as a video, print and clothing to collectively create a larger, total artwork that offers a new perspective on film analysis and cinema’s role across broader culture. 

Eight ‘Til Late from Galen Bullivant explores how, for many people, night clubs exist as open spaces to experience altered consciousness and resist the hierarchical system we find ourselves in. carousel

An act so simple as dancing on the dancefloor allows people to live in the present, escaping our anxieties for the future. Something we’re told on a daily basis, is looking bleak. Made during the COVID lockdown, the film acts as a snapshot of memories and experiences that we were unable to relive. From being partnered with a stranger in a cubicle, to feeling the pressure of a moving crowd, it’s the spontaneity of acting without purpose which transports us to a different place.

Landscapes of the Heart by Andrew Finch is a short documentary exploring the spaces inhabited by subcultures over the past thirty years in Brighton, UK. Using archive footage from those once part of Brighton’s rave, free party, squatting and graffiti movements, the film pays a hauntological tribute to the sites revived and dismantled through time, in a love letter to the city’s radical history. Finch is a filmmaker, curator and writer based in South London, his practice explores subcultures and urban space before, within, and after the advent of digital technology.

23 Teknivals by Zena Merton, Vinca Petersen & Rory Newman looks at when free ravers and New Age travellers joined forces at the start of the 1990s.

It was a time when the govt clamped down with the Criminal Justice Act, forcing the travelling sound systems abroad.

In Europe, the free festivals in fields and cities were called Teknivals and the scene grew during the Nineties and Noughties, with the parties often lasting 2-3 weeks at a time. The lack of lyrics made the music universal so despite the absence of a pre-existing travelling or free party culture in Europe, local DJs, sound systems and ravers joined in. 

With individual sound systems increasingly composed of myriad nationalities and parties from Portugal to Poland drawing sound systems and ravers from across the continent, the first truly pan-European counter-culture was born. Filmed in the first few years of the new century in Italy, Spain, France and Holland – along with the wake for one of the original traveller kids, Sunny, in the UK – the film offers an insight into the festivals and the lifestyle of those living on the road, crossing the continent from party to party.

CAROUSEL comes to Brighton’s Multiple States Gallery (6 Gloucester Street BN1 4EW) on Thurs 17 Aug, For more details, head to: www.multiplestates.co.uk/space

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