Discoteca Analitica, cur. Nicolas Brulhart

Discoteca Analitica, cur. Nicolas Brulhart

Discoteca Analitica proposes an analysis of the relation between art and
technologies through the prism of the Discotheque. This multimedia environment that
was invested by various artist groups of the sixties oscillates ambiguously between
the radical ambitions of the counterculture and the rapidly expanding leisure
industry of the time.
The exhibition focuses on the multimedia environment as a model for artists and
thinkers of the time to explore the emergence of electronic medias, psychedelic
imagination, the impact of the technological shock on subjectivities. The
exhibition presents works and documents that explode the usual canon of
contemporary art to foster a more general conversation on the culture of the time:
from expanded cinema, sound, design, radical architecture, dance and performance.
In the exhibition, the thirst for extatic experience of the sixties discotheque is
put in conversation with works by contemporary artists that discuss the ambiguous
legacy of multimedia for our present attention capture environment.
Discoteca Analitica has the ambition to address critical notions of reconstitution
and immersion by questionning the visitor’s experience. Our curatorial concerns
will address immersion and participation both in a sensual and intellectual way.
For this, the selection of works will enter in discussion with the exhibition’s
various room atmospheres. In the exhibition successive « ambiances » are created
through contrasted display modes that address the artificialisation of the built
environment.

The exhibition is based on a vaste ongoing consistent research and conversations
with key players of the 60s intermedia and counterculture. It will assemble for
the first time rare archival material as well as numerous original works around
and about the affectively charged and fantacised total environment of the sixties
discotheque.

Our generation is constantly involved with ethic and social debates on the
becomings of Artificial Intelligence and technologies that shape the social and
redefine relations of the private to the public as well as gender constructions.
Discoteca Analitica projects an archeology of electronic media in the form of an
exhibition. This to measure the distance but also the hallucinated proximities our
present still has with that peculiar moment in time that looks at us from afar.