In recent times, we’ve been reflecting on the many nights we spent dancing with our mates in front of a big fuck-off soundsystem. We can’t wait to get back when it is safe to do so, but in the meantime, now is the perfect time to join the fight to save our dancefloors and cultural spaces.
The well known creative agency Thinkhouse collaborated with audio-visual specialist agency Algorithm and club night No More Hotels, to shine a light on the issue of the depletion of venues in favour of hotels and other often un-required projects, which we all know doesn’t stop there, such as the recent White Water Rafting concept which was met by a lot of public disdain.
Since their Culture Night activity which involved projecting previous gigs and quotes on old-venues, the latest endeavour to draw attention to the crisis in culture is the ‘Clubbing is Culture’ mini documentary, a collaborative project once again between No More Hotels, Thinkhouse and Algorithm.
The mini doc features the voices of some of Irish nightlife’s supporters and creators against a backdrop of light projections on some of the most iconic former clubbing venues in Dublin.
If clubbing continues to be excluded from the traditional definition of culture in people’s minds, we’ll see the eradication of a culture that has persevered through some of humanity’s hardest times, has helped people survive and thrive and has been the catalyst for some of fashion, art, theatre and music’s most iconic moments. Culture.
“For this mini doc, we brought together some of our favourite thinkers and makers who are immersed in club culture to talk about what clubbing means to them, including Lord Mayor Hazel Chu, who is part of the Night Time Economy Task Force that was set up this year.”
With this project, we celebrate the fact that clubbing brings people together, it provides growth, art and identity – as well as a rich economy. We celebrate how clubbing enables us to communicate, create and connect in unique and magical ways.
Hazel Chu – Dublin Lord Mayor
Philly McMahon – ThisIsPopBaby
Mona Lxsa – Founder of Gxrl Code
Una Mullally – Writer & co-presenter of United Ireland
John Mangru – Designer & Clubber
You can watch the full documentary below.