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'Energy Flash' Exhibit Revives Rave Culture in Belgium



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This fascinating exhibit in Antwerp, Belgium proves just how comprehensive the cultural impact of rave culture. Step inside this exhibit for a quick and compelling rave history.

This article originally appeared on The Creators Project

Mark Leckey, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, 1999, Courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London

Considered to be Europe’s last major youth movement, rave culture originated in Detroit during the 80s and migrated to Europe, where it quickly took off. Although these days, its biggest impression shows in the global fervor for EDM, Energy Flash — The Rave Movement, a summer exhibition that was on display at the Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp (M HKA) showed just how influential the post-industrial music movement was on contemporary art and culture.

Energy Flash billed itself as an interdisciplinary project featuring both art from that period and political artifacts. The collection of high-energy visuals and psychedelic murals, mixed with archival materials, like newspaper articles about the new subculture, government documents banning the notorious late-night warehouse parties, and old school drum machines and synthesizers, evoked the frantic, chaotic energy of rave culture...


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