Summer 2021

Circuit visions

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers3D

Design: Original concept and exhibition design by 1024 Architecture, London edition designed in collaboration with All Things Studio, 2D Design: Agnès Dahan Studio. Curated by Jean-Yves Leloup with Gemma Curtin and Maria McLintock. 31 July – 15 December 2020

First shown in Paris in 2019, this multi-sensory exhibition attempts to make connections between electronic music and contemporary design, fashion and art. Despite the industrial framework, strobe lighting and the beat of themed mixes by French DJ Laurent Garnier, seeing this exhibition during the Covid-19 pandemic reminded me of a half-empty nightclub.

The dialogue between music and design has been a compelling story, unfolding with new forms of expression emerging in the digital space …

A much-used Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer (1983-85) designed by Tadao Kikumoto. After the drum machine was discontinued, second-hand TR-909s found favour with late 1980s DJs including Derrick May, Frankie Knuckles and Jeff Mills. Top. ‘Got To Keep On’ (2019), installation by The Chemical Brothers and Smith & Lyall (show directors Adam Smith & Marcus Lyall).

Hugh Miller, designer, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 101 vol. 26, 2021

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