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MOMEM pays tribute to special club tracks in new exhibition from February

15.01.2023 | 11:02 Clock | Culture
MOMEM pays tribute to special club tracks in new exhibition from February

What a celebration it was when MOMEM, the Museum of Modern Electronic Music opened last year. With the opening exhibition around Frankfurt's Sven Väth and with the accompanying program, this very special museum was able to celebrate its first great successes. The second exhibition, which will be on display in the premises at the Hauptwache from February 3, is now set to follow in the footsteps of the first. For "MILESTONES - Favorite Club Tracks 1985-2020" more than 100 DJs from over 20 nations from 6 continents were invited to submit their top 20 tracks of electronic music that are most important to them. Among the participating DJs are Italian shooting star Anfisa Letyago, Detroit legend Carl Craig, from France Miss Kittin, Brazilian BlancaH, Dane Kölsch and Japanese techno pioneer Ken Ishii.

From these personal TOP 20 of the participating DJs and the multitude of rankings published in recent years in various magazines such as the German Groove or the international Mixmag, the curators of the exhibition Dr. Torben Giese, Alex Azary and Talla 2XLC have selected the 50 most important tracks in electronic music. Thus, this presentation also focuses on the central theme of the museum itself - electronic music.

The goal of "MILESTONES - Favorite Club Tracks 1985-2020" is to bring the energy, power and creativity of these tracks to life in the museum, which has been transformed into a club. The visit to the exhibition becomes a musical journey between house, trance and techno, on which it is difficult to stand still. Dancing is then also the theme that dominates the visual level of the exhibition. For contemporary electronic music is perceived primarily through its dance context. This is visualized in the exhibition by over 50 photographs of dancing people from all over the world, presented on oversized screens (in collaboration with SAMSUNG). On display are works by over a dozen photo artists, each capturing in their own way the ecstasy, passion, energy and joie de vivre of dancing. On display are works by Sascha Lüönd (Frankfurt), Karl Magee (Ireland) or Sophie Garcia (Burkina Faso), among others.

In this way, the exhibition will not only be an experience for long-time fans of electronic music, but will also reach people who previously only knew clubs and clubbing from the media. The exhibition aims to make the uniqueness of electronic music tangible for truly everyone who pays a visit to the presentation. In addition, it is planned to exhibit a selection of formative drum machines, synthesizers and samplers. Fittingly, there will be a first synthesizer workshop with Prof. Andreas Kolinski from the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf on February 25. The already known DJ workshops and discussion panels as well as special theme evenings are also planned again for this second exhibition: For as with the Sven Väth exhibition, those interested can look forward to an appropriate supporting program this time as well. Currently it is planned to show the film "Off The Record" by and with Laurent Garnier as well as to offer again the popular Public Listening Sessions.

Tickets for the exhibition and the first events will be available online starting Jan. 25, 2023.

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