Famous clubs have offered artists the perfect platform to design fantasy environments, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing “states parties ” ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the famed Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snort” Man and the Spoon” peculiarity that they are able to descend from the ceiling when required, there were mounds of cash in the back chamber, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a mare on the dancefloor led by a naked mortal covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which is available in a brand-new exhibition about global sorority culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fiction environment to act as backdrop for the outrageous costumes and theatre of the party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were declined from the club’s ceiling on New Year’s Eve or when the fashion designer Valentino had a circus-themed birthday party with sand and mermaids on trapezes.
” The 60 s and 70 s checked the increase of the idea that you don’t blueprint a nightclub, you bringing the minimal intend components to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a blueprint historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical room- genuinely the nightclub is just a receptacle. Clubs are made through lighting and sound, psychotropic narcotics and beings .”
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