Matt Stokes, MASS , exhibition view, De Hallen, Haarlem, 2011, Photo Gert van Rooij

Energy Flash: the Rave Movement

Exhibition, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium, 17 June – 25 September 2016.

June 2016
Rave culture from the 1980s and 1990s was Europe’s last big youth movement. During this period of radical social and political change, rave, in its various guises, migrated around the continent from its epicentre of Great Britain, Belgium and Germany. As a movement, it enacted a desire to be autonomous, with a belief in tolerance and experimental living, all built around the latent energy of electronic music. As a music-based culture, it embraced self-practice, invention and unbridled creativity, arguably leading to the densest period in history for the diversification of music.
'Energy Flash: the Rave Movement' is the first museum exhibition for considering the rave phenomenon, as well as the social, political, economic and technological conditions that led to the advent of rave as an alternative movement across Europe. As an interdisciplinary project, Energy Flash presents the work of visual artists in dialogue with many artefacts from the fields of design, literature and music, along with items from various personal archives, television documentaries and legislation. The show is curated by Nav Haq, Senior Curator at M HKA.
With Jacques André, Irene de Andrés, Cory Arcangel, George Barber, Jef Cornelis, Jeremy Deller, Denicolai & Provoost, Rineke Dijkstra, Aleksandra Domanović, Andreas Gursky, Dan Halter, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Ann Veronica Janssens, Martin Kersels, Mark Leckey, Daniel Pflumm, Matt Stokes, Sergey Shutov, The Otolith Group, Walter Van Beirendonck.
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Everything is Wrong, 1996, Installation view Manifesta 1, Witte de With, Rotterdam
Jef Cornelis, De Kleuren van de Geest, 1997, Courtesy of Argos, Copyright VRT