Warhol After Dark

Should music in galleries be viewed in the same way as art?

On the 7th of February 2015 Tate Collective Liverpool presented Warhol After Dark, to celebrate the closing of Transmitting Andy Warhol. The event took place across the gallery, with live performances in the café and the Andy Warhol exhibition. The night featured Modern Polymath’s ‘Total Art’ event, Beatrice Dillon’s electro mixtapes in the café and was brought to a close by Kassem Mosse experimental sound, one of the most talked about artists in underground house music and techno.

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There was a very exciting buzz to the building – it felt new, provoking and informal. Downstairs the café was the perfect place to relax and listen to great music; visitors frequently commented on how the gallery seemed a lot more informal, the event was exactly what the “city had been missing”. As you moved upstairs there was an uncertainty as to how to engage with the music. It didn’t seem natural to dance, the experience was much more intense. Should music in galleries be viewed in the same way as art? Kassem described how the gallery setting didn’t have the same restrictions as a club, allowing him to feel free to explore and experiment with his practice. Visitors commented on how the gallery poses an authority that makes you feel as though there are restrictions on how you should behave ‘when in an art gallery you are expected to be quite and reflective. As the music was set in the gallery space you began to apply these natural reactions to the way you experienced the music.”

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