Famous squads have offered artists the perfect pulpit to design fantasy media, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing a party ,” 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” facet that would tumble from the ceiling when required, there are still piles of cash in the back chamber, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a horse on the dancefloor is presided over by a naked male covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which features in a new show about global squad culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasize environ to act as backdrop for the outrageous dress and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were plunged 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 experienced the increase of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you introducing the minimal design constituents to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a intend historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical cavity- genuinely the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through igniting and sound, psychotropic medications and people .”
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