GRIME, ART AND SCIENCE COLLIDE TO RE-IMAGINE CULTURE FOR BRIGHTON FESTIVAL
20 April 2018
Last Dance: The Wave Epoch, a unique collaboration between grime DJ and producer Elijah, musician GAIKA and visual artists Haroon Mirza and Jack Jelfs for Brighton Festival (24 May) imagines what culture will be like in 2000 years' time.
Devised and created at the world’s largest scientific experiment – the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (LHC) – the immersive club experience imagines a scenario where the collider has been rediscovered by a future civilisation and turned into a ceremonial site, similar to Stonehenge.
Elijah, whose Butterz label has made him a leading name in grime, has been Artistic Director at Lighthouse developing the Last Dance programme for the past year. Last Dance is a series of events that look at the changing nature of club culture, of which The Wave Epoch is the great crescendo.
Elijah describes Last Dance: The Wave Epoch as “a club experience with a deeper layer, full of sound, music, and colour”.
He adds: “The ecosystem of club culture is breaking down. Clubs are shutting down; music ownership is going over to streaming services. Because of that, the spaces where young musicians and artists collaborate are changing.
“I’ve been playing in clubs all over the world for ten years, and I’ve seen culture changing right in front of me. Technology plays a big part of that change – camera phones have now become a big part of a club experience – images and video are part of the dance floor. So, social platforms like Instagram, Instagram stories and Snapchat become an immediate contact to a different audience.
“Whatever new technology comes in, people won’t stop gathering together for a shared experience. Last Dance: The Wave Epoch is a physical manifestation of all these ideas.”
Collaborating on Last Dance: The Wave Epoch are internationally acclaimed visual artists Haroon Mirza and Jack Jelfs who are renowned for creating immersive environments by connecting light, sound, music, video, text and performance and building on a mutual fascination with media, time and transmission. GAIKA is an artist and musician whose expansive, experimental sound blends the sonic textures of the streets, influenced by Brixton, Jamaica and Grenada.
Also performing at Last Dance: The Wave Epoch are two Brighton based DJ collectives: all-female DJ collective Shook, who specialise in Jersey club, footwork, hip-hop and trap, and Off-Peak, an underground club night run by a collective of artists and producers specialising in grime, dubstep and UK garage.
Last Dance: The Wave Epoch
Date: Thursday, 24 May 2018
Venue: Brighthelm Community Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD
Time: 2pm & 7pm
Tickets: £10 (with concession & pay it forward).
To book visit brightonfestival.org or call 01273 709709
The Wave Epoch was developed as part of the Collide International Award, a partnership programme between Arts at CERN and FACT Liverpool. It was co-produced by the ScANNER network (consisting of FACTand Arts at CERN, as well as Le Lieu Unique, Nantes; CCCB, Barcelona; iMAL, Brussels) in collaboration with Lighthouse.
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