27/08/2012 – BERGHAIN


Emma Haugh

Berghain was made in response to time spent living in Berlin. The work hinges on modern mythologies surrounding club culture and begins with the obsessive nature of online forums and the desire for an experience that facilitates complete abandon. Moving between fact and fiction the imagination is held somewhere in-between. Berghain is an infamous superclub in Berlin that feeds the craving for excess that is prevalent in the cultural make up of big cities.

Inside, Berghain is designed to facilitate a specific kind of spatial relationship through the use of lighting, hidden corners, darkrooms, techno music, an omission of any kind of reflective surface and a strict no camera policy. The architecture of the club is gendered, it comprises a gay male aesthetic that is particular to Berlin. The exhibition, like the club, promises a fabricated experience that confounds expectations.

Gallery space; 9 framed silver gelatin prints on Ilford warmtone archival paper 420mm x 310mm, 1 framed inkjet print on archival paper 390mm x 290mm, printed ephemera available to take away

Darkroom; Text etched onto mirror 7 panels 10″ x 8″ each, Strobe light, Original techno track 8.12 minutes duration

The exhibition is adaptable to spaces of various dimensions, originally it was installed across two rooms, one a white gallery space and the other a darkened room with audio and strobe lighting.

There is no catalogue but an artists book relating to the work has recently been published.

the artist has given several public presentations relating to this work and has a background in arts facilitation, an education/outreach programme is very feasible.

Artists Fees required: In keeping with VAI policy, an artist’s fee is required


Available from mid September onwards


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