Second Summer of Love: Black to Techno
Jenn Nkiru | United Kingdom, 2019 | 24 min
Second Summer of Love: Everybody in the Place | English
Jeremy Deller | United Kingdom, 2019 | 61 min | English
Co-presented par Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM)
A collaborative project between luxury brand Gucci, Frieze, and a handful of the art world’s foremost contemporary voices, the Second Summer of Love is a series paying homage to a movement every bit as consequential as its 1967 predecessor. With the emergence of radical new electronic music, a renewed youth culture, and the popularization of MDMA as a party drug, the UK found itself in the midst of an all-out revolution by the tail-end of the 1980s. The works making up the Second Summer of Love each focus on a subculture within this broader cultural moment. Film POP presents the second and fourth installments in this series.
With Black to Techno, filmmaker Jenn Nkiru explores the origins and impact of Detroit Techno, from its birthplace in the black, working and middle class experience, to its subsequent cultural dominance in West Berlin. In Everybody in the Place, Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller presents the history of rave and acid house as an A-Level class lecture, placing the music at the very center of the social changes upending ‘80s Britain. Both filmmakers present their subjects with a much-appreciated historiographic once-over, digging into the archives, offering critical insights, and paying credit where it’s due, all the while going hard with gorgeous images and sounds.