In the age of closed music venues, cancelled festivals and social distancing, London’s Design Museum is filling the void by providing an atmosphere of hedonistic celebration with its latest exhibition.
Electronic, which opens to the public on Friday (July 31), offers a feast for the eyes and ears through its immersive exploration of the history of electronic music.
The exhibition highlights the connections linking the genre with art, design and fashion trends, and features a focus on British duo the Chemical Brothers, whose vibrant audio-visual shows have wowed festival crowds for over three decades.
Designer Adam Smith and studio partner Marcus Lyall have put together a vivid final room of the exhibition to honour the pioneers of the Big Beat sub-genre.
Other acts featured include German trailblazers Kraftwerk, eclectic Icelandic artist Bjork and Britain’s Aphex Twin.
Reopening after months of closure due to the coronavirus lockdown, the Design Museum will be presenting the exhibition with reduced capacity, mandatory face coverings, social distancing measures and an enhanced cleaning regime.
Britain’s arts and entertainment industries have been hammered by the pandemic, with warnings of job cuts from some of the country’s preeminent venues, including the Southbank Centre, which encompasses the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
It is hoped that after months of living under coronavirus restrictions and advice to “stay at home,” members of the public will now feel ready to venture out and provide a much needed economic lifeline to the nation’s cultural institutions.
(Production: Ben Makori, Ben Dangerfield, Jonathan Shenfield)