And here we are again, this exhibition was actually the last exhibition in Sheffield I managed to see before moving back home and one that I really enjoyed.
Site Gallery; 'E-Vapor-8 is a group exhibition, curated by writer, editor and curator Francesca Gavin, looking at the influence and relationship between contemporary art and rave music from the early 1990s. It traces a fascination with rave culture and happy hardcore by young British and American artists, many of whom are absorbing and re-appropriating a cultural moment they were too young to participate in. The exhibition, named after a 1992 single by the band Altern 8, touches on how the hedonism and cultural upheaval of rave has passed. Ideas around intellectual and physical freedom, rebellion and myth-making are all at play.
Participating artists are: Fatima Al Qadiri and Sophia Al-Maria, Harry Burden, Rhys Coren, Petra Cortright, Jeremy Deller, Adham Faramawy, Alexandra Gorczynski, Marisa Olson, Hannah Perry, Christian J. Petersen, Travess Smalley, Lucy Stokton, and Daniel Swan.'
From what I can remember, walking into the exhibition room was like walking into my own personal rave room. At the time it was only myself and Nikita in the room, the 90s rave was playing and we were almost blinded by the bright, flashing lights that filled the room. I'm pretty sure at one point I stopped to have a little dance whilst no one was around, because I really got sucked into the experience. Thats something which was really great about this exhibit and actually most of the exhibits at the site gallery, not only do they showcase interesting pieces, but they consider the atmosphere for the viewer, making it almost feel like you are apart of the piece itself.