"Can you download the parameters of emotion and affect that make a club? It is the sound of music travelling through bodies, the entire affective convergence which makes a club."
- Kodwo Eshun
"Yes, this is important to me for a couple of reasons. I’m not very interested in making portraits because the personal way in which we relate to the human face complicates the structural approach I am taking towards visualizing broader societal issues. The story of an individual person can be very moving but often fails to communicate underlying systemic complexities. Architecture, to me, exists somewhere between the human scale and the wider geographical and temporal scale. Buildings out-live us and have a mnemonic presence. They reflect human psychology. When people appear in the images, they are often archetypical; construction workers, building buildings that they can not afford to live in, or white-collar workers moving in and out of a building’s plaza, like the ones you would see in advertisements for condo buildings. They take on a kind of anonymous personhood."
"Many writers thinking along similar lines have argued that radical politics can take strength and inspiration from cultural forms that promote feelings of collective joy (festivals, disco, etc), overcoming the alienating individualism of capitalist culture. An interest in this, and all of these other ideas about consciousness-raising and radical social organisation, motivated some of the organisers of The World Transformed, and Labour activist Matthew Phull, to approach me about the possibility of creating a space to discuss them at this year’s event."
You must be aware that, consciously or otherwise, you've each created a particular mythology that has arisen, in part, from your songs.
SM: Nobody created my mythology, I certainly didn't.
NC: No, you (the press) created it.
SM: The media has a lot to answer for, you're all a bunch of bastards however friendly you are.
NC: Let's not talk about the media. Why the hell are you talking about mythologies? That tends to suggest it's somehow unreal.
SM: It seems to me that in your songs, Nick, you're doing a Jung style trip of examining your shadow, all the dark things you don't want to be. A lot of your songs are like trips into the subconscious and are therefore nightmarish.
SM: You're exploring the world through the subconscious. I've done that on occasions for various reasons, whether it be illness or self abuse, or whatever. Once things start to look grotesque I don't write them or sing them. I couldn't write them the way you do, I couldn't – making nightmares into living daylight...
NC: I think you do a pretty good job of it in some of your songs.
SM: The minute it gets dark I shoot back, retreat. I haven't always but I do now 'cos...
MES: Don't give too much away Shane, don't tell them. Hold a bit back.
SM: I haven't told them anything yet. (laughs)
"The other thing is that Ballard is doing a science fiction of the next minutes. He drops away the Star Wars space opera, with its galactic and robotic elements. What you are left with is a science fiction of nine minutes from now, the technology of plastics, the pill. He is drawing a zodiac of the present."
- Kodwo Eshun
” Underground Resistance is a label for a movement. A movement that wants change by sonic revolution. We urge you to join the resistance and help us combat the mediocre audio and visual programming that is being fed to the inhabitants of Earth, this programming is stagnating the minds of the people; building a wall between races and preventing world peace. It is this wall we are going to smash. By using the untapped energy potential of sound we are going to destroy this wall much the same as certain frequencies shatter glass. Techno is a music based in experimentation; it is music for the future of the human race. Without this music there will be no peace, no love, no vision. By simply communicating through sound, techno has brought people of all different nationalities together under one roof to enjoy themselves. Isn‘t it obvious that music and dance are the keys to the universe? So called primitive animals and tribal humans have known this for thousands of years! We urge all brothers and sisters of the underground to create and transmit their tones and frequencies no matter how so called primitive their equipment may be. Transmit these tones and wreak havoc on the programmers!”
Underground Resistance Manifesto
"The complex consists of the thirteen-story ‘Parool tower’, former office of Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool, and the lower-story longitudinal ‘Trouw building’, former office of national newspaper Trouw and a popular nightclub before making way for The Student Hotel. Governmental regulations stated that the original architecture and materials of these late 1960s and early 1970s office buildings should be kept intact, so the company could not get rid of the sober exterior of the buildings."
Bogomir Doringer: Yes. As a student of art I would always be looking at extreme artificiality as a way of producing experiences and works - yet every time I went into a club I'd see something that is so much more intense and unique. Even though you think everything is under control and directed, it actually has spontaneous and long term effects, and it embraces multiple social layers and alters or amplifies them, so really everything art in institutions is supposed to do, I have always found clubs do much better. Especially in the last ten years, where art institutions have got more exclusive and money focused, clubs are regaining an urgency again.