Techno Bunker explores the duality between rave and war. A techno soundtrack comprised of unsettling audio samples accompanies vivid flashing lights and projection to transform the subterranean site into a post-apocalyptic nightclub. You are invited to enter and engage in the ambience, and take shelter amidst the hypnotic beats. Once inside, the contrast between the Techno Bunker’s context of safety and exploration, compared with extreme instability and danger of a real war situation become stark, eliciting questions such as: How do we engage emotionally and physically with wars taking place on the other side of the world? Should we intervene? Do we appreciate our peace and freedom to the fullest?
Viewer discretion, this installation will contain flashing lights.
About the artists:
VERSA is an audiovisual collaboration between visual artist Monika Hauck and musician Alex Ricci. The duo create interactive installations and immersive performances, transforming space with vivid colour and enveloping audio. Since 2015, VERSA has performed at important music and arts events such as Up Here IV, Hillside Festival (Guelph), Flourish (Fredericton), Electric Eclectics (Meaford), and Nuit Blanche (Toronto and Ottawa). They have created interactive media installations for festivals including LUMEN (Waterloo),Night/Shift (Kitchener), Kazoo Fest (Guelph) and at the Art Gallery of Ontario(Toronto). VERSA has also collaborated with notable musical artists on visuals for their live show, including The Sorority, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Deerhoof, Absolutely Free and US Girls. The artist duo also creates instrumental post-rock and electronic music under the name Static Channel.