HARDCORE SOUL feat. SPRINT
28.05. – 02.06.19
HARDCORE SOUL book is the confluence of UK photographer Ewen Spencer, the dynamic project conceived by the artist/dj Alberto Guerrini (aka Gabber Eleganza) and the contribution of the Turner Prize artist Mark Leckey.
The book is assembled and composed by two volumes, including a special edition of cardboards and Gabber Eleganza’s Hardcore Soul Mixtape, to create a seamless flow with what was the Happy Hardcore Rave scene and the British Northern Soul weekenders. A tool to read existing aesthetics and socio-cultural realities, subtracted by their rhetorics and nostalgia and elevated through their fusion instead. This book makes you want to turn up the volume and dance, no matter how old you are or where you are from.
Artifact, the new permanent display for ideas, located onto the sidewalk of Spazio Maiocchi, a cross-disciplinary aggregator co-funded by Carhartt WIP and Slam Jam, will be activate through a selection of Spencer’s photographs, Gabber Eleganza’s videos/ephemeral and a mixtape’s sonic limbo for a “never-ending euphoria”, in order to dialogue with Artifact’s modular steel grids designed by Berlin-based architecture firm Gonzalez—Haase, and the peculiar space zinc coated.
During the opening RA Exchange – a series of conversations with artists, labels and promoters shaping the electronic music landscape – will be the chance to amplify stories and legacy in a conversation between Ewen Spencer and Alberto Guerrini, moderated by Aaron Coultate and introduced by Dafne Boggeri.
A special A5 flyer edition, curated by SPRINT and printed in Risograph technique, will be realized in 400 exemplaries as a trace of this series of convergence. One side of the flyer will contain a work by Gabber Eleganza, the other Artifact’s modular visual identity designed by art direction studio Bureau Mirko Borsche.
The event is signed, as a warm-up series, by SPRINT—Independent Publishers and Artists’ Books Salon, an artist-led platform devoted – in a sustainable environment – to investigate the multiple forms in which contents, supports and languages are articulated in publishing. The three-day salon, since 2013, features a non-profit book fair and extensive side program. SPRINT 7th edition, will take place on 22-23-24 November, in partnership with Spazio Maiocchi.
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