NOCTURNAL CITY

A series of events exploring new forms of club culture.

Curated by Estela Oliva. Commissioned by Somerset House Studios

NOCTURNAL CITY

Nocturnal City is a series of events exploring the state of nightlife and its influence in pushing the boundaries of underground and wider culture. Thorough 2017, the events present a programme of panels, installations, performances and parties, bringing together artists and professionals from across different fields. By connecting London with other world cities, Nocturnal City explores how urban hubs and communities can learn from each other to create new cultural standards.

 

From algorithmic dance parties to all-female techno collectives, the first virtual nightclubs to the queer club kids and their audacious fashion; London’s underground, progressive scenes have pushed forward irrespective of spiralling rents, stringent noise restrictions and the prioritisation of property over underground culture. A celebration of the scenes, the sounds and the first tube home.

 

Commissioned by Somerset House. 

Curated by Estela Oliva.

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NOCTURNAL CITY: LONDON-MANCHESTER

Somerset House Studios

URL: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/nocturnal-city

Sat 27th January 2018.

Like London, Manchester has an influential past in the club scene and a fast-evolving new scene. But how can the two cities learn from each other to ensure alternative scenes continue to flourish outside the mainstream? This event opens a cultural exchange between both cities to explore common grounds and discuss opportunities. It invites participants to share ideas for making night spaces safer, and to question the future of nightlife.

Commissioned by Somerset House. 

Curated by Estela Oliva.

(Photos below by Sanne Glasbergen)

NOCTURNAL CITY: LONDON-BERLIN

Somerset House Studios

URL: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/nocturnal-city

Sat 11th March 2017.

The first edition interrogated the interplay between London and Berlin nightlife with an evening of installations, panel talks and performances. The line-up featured DJs, artists and professionals from both cities, including London Night Czar Amy Lamé, musicians Laurel Halo and Beatrice Dillon and artists Lawrence Lek and LaTurbo Avedon, and a special collaboration with Berlin’s online radio station Berlin Community Radio.

Commissioned by Somerset House. 

Curated by Estela Oliva.

Supported by Goethe Institut London. 

NOCTURNAL CITY: LONDON-BARCELONA 

Somerset House Studios

URL: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/nocturnal-city-london-barcelona-feat-ikonika-siren-and-more

14th October 2017.

The second event in the Nocturnal City series at Somerset House Studios explored the London – Barcelona interplay with an evening of panels, installations and music performances.

This event looked at new spaces and platforms, connecting the two cities through innovation in their scenes, questioning how club culture could be made more inclusive, and how technological advances might help or hinder its evolution.

The line-up featured DJs, artists and producers from both cities including DIY Space for London, academic madison moore, Georgia Taglietti (Sonar & Sonar+D and She Said So) and Marija Bozinovska Jones, Aleix Fernandez of Onionlab.
Ikonika presented a special AV set in collaboration with visual artist Mungo plus performances on the night by SIREN, and the UK premieres of Barcelona based Sunny Graves (live) and AWWZ. See full programme below.

Commissioned by Somerset House. 

Curated by Estela Oliva.

Supported by Ramon Llul Institut.