TECHNO exhibition at the Museion in Italy until March 2022
Bart van der Heide, director of the Museion, inaugurated the TECHNO exhibition, the first part of a series of exhibitions under the name TECHNO HUMANITIES. TECHNO takes place from September 11, 2021 to March 3, 2022 at the Museion in Bolzano, Italy. As a multimedia exhibition, it includes an international group show, a one-day rave, a public program, a player, an audio piece and a podcast in its program.
Considering the historic advance of electronic dance music in the direction of globalization, van der Heide emphasizes the potential of techno to drive social change. Therefore, the main themes of TECHNO are freedom, compression and exhaustion. In a Press release, says van der Heide,
“Mediated by new technologies, techno music has become the soundtrack of liberation and escape. The compressed sound architecture of the techno club has forged meaningful bonds with its community, through collective and interconnected experiences of joy, exhaustion and calculated liberation.
In keeping with the ethos of interconnection, a variety of artists have contributed to the TECHNO exhibit at the Museion. These include Riccardo benassi, Paul Chan, Nicolò Degiorgis, Karine Ferrari, Massimo Grimaldi, CC Hennix, Tishan Hsu, Mire Lee, Ghislaine Leung, Isabelle lewis, and Piero martinello, among others.
The TECHNO exhibition at the Museion is just a first example of the longer TECHNO HUMANITIES project. In this line of exhibitions, international contributors explore themes ranging from ecology, technology and economics to the very heart of what it means to be human.
Electronic music art exhibitions are growing around the world and their societal function of normalizing electronic music as a cultural expression remains paramount. It does not only allow the formation of powerful individual and collective identities through cultural belonging. It also allows the social organization to advance social justice projects within the world of electronic dance music. In doing so, they align with TECHNO’s call to action to dismantle “the aspects of systemic injustice, exploitation and neglect” in the multi-billion dollar tech industry.
Image Credit: Alberto Troia (Kyselina)