A Dance Culture Diorama by the
Nebula â€“ Techno psy-ish live p.a.
Paranoize vs Fuzzi Robot â€“ Techno
Sense â€“ Psytrance
Divell â€“ Trance/ Psytrance
Atp vs. Jane Shorthand â€“ Hard House
Bennyp â€“ Everything/Nothing
Reptilian â€“ Psytrance
Keya â€“ Psytrance
Sensehertz â€“ Ambient
After ten years of exhibitions and public performances at 129A Hunter Street West, the ultimate exhibition at this Artspace location is also a party. Anarchy in the Dot CA examines the strange appearance of anarchistic tribes that have bubbled up out of the margins of dance culture, an otherwise voraciously corporate landscape. â€œIn 1993, the dance music industry in England was worth 1.3 billion pounds, which was five times more than the film industry.â€ <Tim Laughlin quoted by Jimi Fritz, Rave Culture, An Insiderâ€™s Overview, Page 112> While raves and â€œall-night dance partiesâ€ have become a billion-dollar industry there remains a small bastion of activity that resists such capitalistic urges in favour of the communal principles that forged the underground dance scene.
This presentation, dubbed a â€œdance culture diorama,â€ leaves intact the nature and underpinning philosophy of Torontoâ€™s â€œFreespace Collective,â€ a group that pursues the underground tradition of free parties in reclaimed public spaces. This event is curated by Artspace Director David LaRiviere as a multifaceted challenge: first as a showcase for what is normally a clandestine activity; and second to position the curatorial act itself as a viable strategy to enable vibrant realms of cultural production, normally thought to be discrete from the â€œart worldâ€, to cross over into the critical framework of an artist-run centre.