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Workshop Nicholas Ballet



von 17:00 bis 18:30




Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Photothek, I. OG, Raum 137, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

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Industrial Music and Fanzines. The rise of an underground press

England in the 1970s witnessed the emergence of industrial music bands involved in a counterculture that operated as a platform of exchange between the arts. The visual productions of industrial musicians, who were initially performers, revealed a global artistic phenomenon operating at the intersection of a multitude of media. The sound works of these artists were supplemented by a rich array of visual productions: a regular practice of mail art and collage allowed industrial artists to design fanzines as a means of spreading their music to a wider audience.

Created by the band Throbbing Gristle, the independent label Industrial Records was an example of this do-it-yourself strategy: in the late 1970s, for example, they published the fanzine Industrial News, which offered articles on military scientific research conducted during the Cold War. Composed by many photocopied collages, these articles introduced a new generation of artists who remained on the margins of the dominant cultural institutions (museums, galleries, etc.). Using Industrial News as a case study, this presentation examines the visual production of this industrial counterculture, revealing how these artists explored the thematic of mind controlling across media.

Nicolas Ballet
is a researcher in History of Contemporary Art at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA), Paris. He is a PhD student in history of contemporary art under the direction of Professor Pascal Rousseau at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and he is currently writing a thesis on the visual issues of industrial music in the 1970s and 1980s in Europe and the United States. His work is devoted to the study of countercultures (cyberculture, industrial counterculture, occulture), media studies and the history of posthumanism.