House music, rave culture and disco stars have been just a few of the topics covered in the buzzy second instalment of Gucci’s Summer of Love film series.
So far, Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller shone a light on the 80s roots of acid and rave house, filmmaker Wu Tsang explored the legacy of New York house music in a magic realist documentary, and visual artist Josh Blaaberg took on Italo disco in a fiction-meets-archive-meets-interview film.
Now, Gucci and Frieze have announced their fourth artist and it’s British-Nigerian filmmaker Jenn Nkiru, who will be tackling Detroit and Berlin techno culture.
“I assert techno is not just a musical gesture but a philosophical, sonic and anthropological one,” explains Nkiru. “Detroit is the birth place of techno — the centre of its production and innovation with Berlin as it’s centre for reception and fandom. Bound up in this sound are the particularity of a people, energy, industrialism, geography, politics and future imaginings of a certain time: it is an othered sound created by groups of othered people — it is protest music made by alienated people.”