Juan Rincón Gaviria [Prinipal Taller Paralelo Arquitectos / SCI-Arc EDGE MS Design Theory & Pedagogy Alumnus] explains his co-curatorial approach for the Exhibition SWEET HARMONY: RAVE | TODAY on view at the Saatchi Gallery in London from July 12 - September 14, 2019. The exhibition, an immersive retrospective, presented a historical survey of rave culture through the voices and lenses of those who experienced it. Documented through photographs, typographic accounts, multimedia room installations, live music events, talks, and panel discussions by some of the rave movement’s most active and authentic creative contributors, Sweet Harmony portrayed the new world that emerged from the acid house revolution of the 80s and 90s. Featuring an exciting array of artists including SCI-Arc Fiction and Entertainment Program Coordinator Liam Young, the exhibition showcased the artists and observers who “captured and archived the atmosphere surrounding one of the biggest countercultural movements of the twentieth century.” Of the exhibition, Rincon explained, "This show celebrates not only rave culture, but architecture itself from the role that the post-industrial landscape has played as the main cultural incubator of the past 50 years—something that architectural academia has unfortunately ignored, but thankfully subcultures haven’t.”
Saatchi Gallery Director Philly Adams, along with curators Rincon and Kobi Prempeh, assembled a comprehensive roster of visual and musical artists who made work during or about the pinnacle of this influential global cultural moment.