The Sound of Family - Berlin, Techno and the Reunification
Also added to the bill on this coming thurs evening Tresor Berlin opening will be a reading by:
The city is throbbing to the beat of freedom.
Post-reunification Berlin was one big playground filled with infinite possibilities. In the former no-man’s-land places suddenly sprung up out of nowhere, often lasting only for a few weeks, where history was going to be written. Techno, the new youth culture that would unite East and West spread out from here at 180 beats per minute.
After the fall of the wall, Berlin is full of disused spaces and abandoned buildings, just waiting to be filled with new life. It is unclear who owns any of this, which allows the techno scene to take over these new empty spaces in both halves of the city. Clubs, galleries, ateliers and studios spring up – only to disappear again a few weeks later. Soon Berlin has become the epicentre of a new culture, attracting enthusiastic followers from all over the world to clubs like the Tresor and the E-Werk. Wearing gasmasks and welding goggles they dance the night away to the jackhammer sound of previously obscure Detroit DJs. Among them are writers, artists, photographers, and designers. Techno quickly develops into a mass movement, finding its most coruscating expression in the Loveparade.
DJs, club-owners, music producers, bouncers and scenesters, people from the centre of the movement and from its peripheries – in The Sound of Family they all get to have their say and paint a vibrant picture of a time when it felt like everything was possible.