Exhibition: Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965-1975
8 December 2015 - 10 January 2016, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
A presentation exploring the relationship between architecture and nightlife in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s. These years saw a number of discotheques open across Italy, including several designed by architects of Radical Design, a movement active in the 60s and 70s populated by architects such as Gruppo 9999, Superstudio and UFO. Dissatisfied by the limitations and ineffectiveness of post-war modern design, these architects sought to use their profession as a tool for societal change and to challenge the idea of architects’ role in society. In a period of change and contestation in Italy more generally, these socially orientated, politicised architects saw discos as a new type of space for multidisciplinary experimentation and creative liberation. The display explores this little-known phenomenon through archival photographs, architectural drawings, film, music and articles from the international design press.
Tuesday 8 December, 7pm until late
More details: website.