Who's in town?
Nav Haq

Energy Flash – The Rave Movement

Salt Galata

November 9, 2017 19.00

2016 Energy Flash M Hka Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, <i>Everything is Wrong</i>, 1995
<i>Energy Flash – The Rave Movement</i>, M HKA, Antwerp (Belçika), 2016
Sanatçının ve M HKA’nın izniyle
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Everything is Wrong, 1995
Energy Flash – The Rave Movement, M HKA, Antwerp (Belgium), 2016
SALT Galata, Workshop IV

Energy Flash – The Rave Movement (2016) that took place at Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA) was the first museum exhibition which considers the social, political, economic and technological conditions that led to the advent of this culture across Europe. Introducing this exhibition, curator Nav Haq’s “Who’s in town?” talk will discuss ideologies and aesthetics of this alternative movement, along with its effects on wider culture.

Europe’s last considerable youth movement in the 1980s and 1990s, the rave awareness reverberated around the continent from its epicenter of Great Britain, Belgium, and Germany. 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.

The talk will be held in English.

Nav Haq is senior curator at M HKA. He was involved in numerous monographic exhibitions with artists such as Hassan Khan, Cosima von Bonin, Shilpa Gupta, Kerry Tribe, Imogen Stidworthy, Otobong Nkanga, and Joseph Beuys. Other group exhibitions include Energy Flash – The Rave Movement (2016), Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics (2014), and Superpower: Africa in Science Fiction (2012). Haq recently curated the 2017 Gothenburg Biennial for Contemporary Art.