Platform: Martin Beck & Tim Lawrence   Upstairs  Artist Talk

On the occasion of Martin Beck's exhibition "Last Night" in NO.5, we have invited the cultural theorist Tim Lawrence to a conversation with the artist. Their talk will center on disco in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, a phenomenon that occupies them both, but which they approach in different ways.

Tim Lawrence & Martin Beck from Bergen Kunsthall on Vimeo.

While Beck's exhibition mainly consists of an over 13-hour film, presenting all the songs that David Mancuso (1944 - 2016) played one of the last nights at The Loft in New York 1984, Lawrence's books can be considered a descriptive backdrop for the environment in which the exhibition atmosphere is based. The book Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music, 1970-79 (2004) is considered to be the definite story of American dance music culture in the 1970s, while his more recent book Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83 (2016) picks up the thread and describes the creative revolution that followed the disco's wake in New York at the start of the 1980s. Lawrence has also written the most thorough biography of the musician Arthur Russell, a book that also explores New York's art and music scenes in the 1970s and 80s; Hold On Two Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92 (2009).

Tim Lawrence was born in London in 1967. He works at the University of East London, where he is a founding member of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research. He is also co-founder of the Lucky Cloud Sound System, which since 2003 has organized "Loft-style parties" in London.

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