Famous clubs have offered artists the perfect pulpit to design fantasy milieu, says Chris Hall
Caligula hurling a party ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the famous Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snorting” Man and the Spoon” feature that would sink from the ceiling when required, there were piles of cash in the back chamber, unisex bathrooms and stunts like Bianca Jagger travelling a mare on the dancefloor led by a naked person contained within golden glitter.
The key situation about Studio 54, which features in a brand-new exhibit about world-wide team culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fiction surrounding to act as backdrop for the outrageous attires and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four million tonnes glisten were plunged from the club’s ceiling on New Year’s Eve or when the clothes designer Valentino had a circus-themed birthday party with sand and mermaids on trapezes.
” The 60 s and 70 s construed the rise of the notion that you don’t design a nightclub, you return the minimal intend parts to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a motif historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical room- really the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are obligated through igniting and sound, psychotropic drugs and beings .”
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