Simon Boase's house party installation explores role of dance music at South Square Gallery

By Ruth Hazard | 07 June 2012
a video still of a living room with people dancing
© South Square Gallery
Exhibition: Simon Boase: The Distinction Between Being up and Being Down, South Square Gallery, Bradford, June 2 - July 1 2012

Audiovisual artist Simon Boase explores the importance of dance music as a backdrop for various social experiences in this new exhibition, set inside a specially created living room interior which creates the appearance of an ongoing house party at the gallery space.

The furniture and curtains in Boase's sound and image installation were inspired by interiors found in YouTube clips of illegal house parties in Tehran.

Footage of noughties techno festivals, 90s trance raves and 80s warehouse parties is also being screened to demonstrate the way in which dance music is enjoyed in both public and private spaces.

Commissioned specifically for the exhibition, Boase has created a new series of sound works entitled Mixes Made in Cars Moving Over 95kph where the artist has produced music while travelling at speed.

Other music contributions come from international DJs who play live sets via Skype. Using free communications software, these tracks are then uploaded to the internet to be shared with a global audience.

All the mixes will be available to download or take home as a hard copy on CD. In addition, there will be a virtual document circulated with links to a selection of blogs, YouTube clips and Soundcloud accounts for the audience to continue their engagement outside of the exhibition. 
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