For their new exhibition, the Design Museum have decided to ‘evoke the experience of being in a club.’
Wisely, they’ve done away with the sticky floors, sweaty walls, and bathroom lollipops, and have refined it all down to the most important aspect of club culture: the music.
It will be – for want of a better word – completely immersive. Because unlike other galleries that showcase objects or artwork, this exhibition’s hoping to capture a whole cultural movement – so you’ll step through a series of rooms filled with light and sound that pay homage to some of electronic music’s biggest artists.
Smith & Lyall for The Chemical Brothers/Credit: Tony Pletts
For starters, they’ve brought on Smith & Lyall, show directors for The Chemical Brothers, to recreate one of their live shows with stunning lights and visual projections set to the Grammy award-winning track Got To Keep On. There’ll also be a three-dimensional installation celebrating a half-century of German electro-pioneers Kraftwerk; hypnotic ‘sound-reactive’ neon art from 1024 Architecture; and a VR music studio to walk through.
There’ll be plenty for the electronica buffs too, though, with over 400 objects on display. They’ll be showcasing huge images of rave culture by photographer Andreas Gursky, the stories of the labels and club nights that made history, and iconic EDM DJ masks (presumably belonging to the likes of Deadmau5, SBTRKT, Daft Punk, and, er, Funtcase). And of course, the whole exhibition will be soundtracked by a genre-spanning set by the legendary Laurent Garnier.
Still… shame about the lollipops.
NOTE: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers is now open at the Design Museum, and runs until 14th February 2021. Tickets cost £14.50-16.30, and can be booked HERE. Please note, you will need to wear a mask and bring your own wired headphones for the experience.
Electronic | Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG
Main image: Kraftwerk/Peter Boettcher