Disco and Disco spirit are at the core of the exhibition at Flatland Gallery in Amsterdam. Selected are works (mainly, but not exclusively photographs) that can epitomise the eccentricity of Disco. This may apply to just magic moments from a decade of disco eclecticism, the movement in music that integrated the legacy of minimalism that put lyrics first with the blurring of art and kick drums.
Often magic in the outlook, the selection ranges from show birds to old ladies, to the world of chemistry and psychedelic hedonistic moods. But not so obvious, the exhibition hits a serious note.
Lovers of Disco talk about a D.H.M., a "deep hidden meaning", but perhaps Disco is better characterised by a studied superficiality. Or rather a deliberately superficial aesthetic, highlighting style, a way to ignore "substance" which is often code for domestic comfort zones.
Interesting, this 'cheesy' side of Disco - it included also a thriving drug subculture, and it was the queen of hedonism: rampant promiscuity, fun, overwhelming sound, colourful pants, kitschy robot costumes and sexiness. - had a tremendous impact on gay liberation, on the connection between black, dorky white people and the Hispanic.
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