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XVIII Wroclaw Industrial Festival

8 ноября @ 19:00 9 ноября @ 05:00

Covenant (OFFICIAL) (exclusive VINTAGE SHOW / SE)
Lustmord (USA)
Test Dept (UK)
Sex Gang Children (playing “Song and Legend” / UK)
Negativland (USA)
Vomito Negro (B)
Ah Cama-Sotz (B)
Andrew Lagowski / SETI (UK)
Croatian Amor (DK)
Damien Dubrovnik (DK)
Imperial Black Unit (F)
Lussuria (USA)
Sylvgheist maëlström (F)
Am Not (UK)
Kontinent (PL/UK)
Contemplatron (PL)
Anti-Terror (PL)

In most countries, 18 years of age is officially recognised as the age of adulthood and involves obtaining an “identity card”. Most of you present here know that the history of the festival is much longer. WIF has never had to worry about its identity. Diversity, openness to novelty, and respect to the roots are some of the main values underpinning the annual November meetings in Wrocław. It must be emphasised that WIF is still capable of surprising its audiences by showing uncommon and unpredictable things. The offer of this year’s Wrocław Industrial Festival shouldn’t leave you unsatisfied. All shades of music described with the “I” word are represented here. We will meet newcomers to the scene and also see legendary groups. We will see Negativland for the first time in Poland. Even though the project has never been “industrial”, its attitude and the creative methods it applies make it one the movement’s forerunners. What about goth music at WIF? In fact, industrial and goth are not far apart. The line-up of many festivals and the cross-section of their audiences prove their affinities and (sometimes) aesthetic analogies. Gothicism as a term used in the field of cultural research, predominantly in the history of literature and visual arts, seems to be perfectly justified in the context of the industrial culture. The vision of the goth scene presented by Alexander Nym in his excellent compendium entitled Schillern Des Dunkel seems particularly valuable. It’s a good thing that the essential Sex Gang Children have become the festival’s guests, instead of some Sisters of Mercy epigones. WIF is a place for meetings and exchange of views or goods, and for some, the Gothic Hall is a space for self-presentation or ideological statements. It turns out that even in genres so hermetic and seemingly impervious to changes as power electronics, progress and quality are possible today, which I believe is attested to by some of the groups we’re going to see this year, namely Kommando, Am Not, and Kontinent. The festival in Wrocław is a broad spectrum of different ways to relate to the audience, build atmosphere, and express things. It seems controversial to the genre’s purists, but movement and dance have never been seen as taboo by the industrial culture. Given that, the presence of Lustmord next to Covenant doesn’t appear to be a dissonance here. The presence of electro EBM groups, both legendary, such as Vomito Negro, and completely fresh, like Imperial Black Unit, will provide an adequate dose of rhythm for the body and mind alike. Most industrial groups avoid any political involvement. In art, however, you can’t escape politics. Either you have ideas or others fabricate them for you, thus making your work an instrument of their agenda. Provocation and affirmation are all too often indistinguishable. Art is becoming the object of revision, artefacts are being censored, and their creators are being ostracised or exposed to outright aggression. At the root of the campaign is the false premise that certain representations’ existence in the real world will be removed by means of prohibition. The object of destruction is those who ask questions. Journalistic denunciations, media smear campaigns against artists, and ideological hunts for free thought and art result from cowardice and mental laziness. They are manifested in actions reminiscent of the methods of the Chinese Cultural Revolution or the absurdity of the Stalinist era. The world around us, or rather the part of the world which some people believe to be its centre, is a constantly changing melting pot, whose future, stability, and security are now uncertain. As one of the consequences of the punk rebellion of the 1970s combined with a radical post-avant-garde aesthetic experiment, the industrial genre has often distanced itself from the ideology of 1968. The demands of the old moral revolution, which had grown to become a binding norm, were alien to the industrial culture. Far from the mainstream, it doesn’t join the colourful “rebellion” licensed by pop culture. The sentence “the industrial culture is not a type of music or sound but an attitude” may seem to be a cliché repeated ad nauseam. Industrial is, to a great extent, the music of cultural survival. Anti-music, restraintless anti-art, and a vivisection of the madness surrounding us don’t await applause. It must be pointed out that the maturity of industrial culture also means a special kind of reflection. An attitude close to that adopted centuries ago by the gargoyles from the towers of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, observing with pity the increasingly intense mass hysteria of the West. We live in times marked by absurd overproduction of music, visual art, etc. A flair for selecting things is a very important and valuable gift today. If you wanted to listen to only dark ambient music, I guarantee that you could now program a stream to continuously play until the death of each of us, and then even at our funerals. Given that, the line-up of this year’s WIF seems to be even more valuable.
/W. Skok/

80 Euro (till 21.10 or early exhaustion of the pool)


Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
30 Euro (pre sale) / 35 Euro (at door)

6 Euro (at door only)

available at: https://shop.industrialart.eu
tickets info: sklep@industrialart.eu

organizator/promoter : Industrial Art
contact: Maciek Frett

Projekt dofinansowany przez Gminę Wrocław




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