It's time for the knock – a thump, a clash, a blow. Let us ditch "normal", let us embrace the unknown, let us – at least for a moment – break away from the spectacle*. The knock shall be a monthly night of no compromises, no safe routes featuring somewhat like-minded yet utterly different disc jockeys that specialize in the outer areas of the box, so to speak.
Andris Kuprišs (AKA DJ Norequests)
Elvi Soulsystems (House Purgatorio)
minciisha ieraksti (Dirty Deal Audio)
Quoting Elvi Soulsystems: "minciisha ieraksti is one of the best selectors and one of the most interesting electronic musicians you don't know". But you do know actually – at least if you're Aphex Twin or Björk you know because you've played his music in your DJ sets. And you do know if you remember those pretty revolutionary parties for their time in Riga called Bassed that brought people like Neana to this city back when nobody here knew of the existence of Night Slugs. He tells us he's going through a musical revolution himself right now so we thought it's the perfect moment to listen to his new vision within the setting of this politically charged night. And we also invited Andris Kuprišs who simply blew us away last time at House Purgatorio and who is probably one of those rare examples of "selector culture" here in Riga. Add Elvi Soulsystems and you have the most diverse line-up you'll see on that particular date in the vicinity of... the whole of the Baltics? No, seriously – there's probably no other event on a Friday that dares to combine such contrasts!
*"The spectator's alienation from and submission to the contemplated object (which is the outcome of his unthinking activity) works like this: the more he contemplates, the less he lives; the more readily he recognizes his own needs in the images of need proposed by the dominant system, the less he understands his own existence and his own desires. The spectacle's externality with respect to the acting subject is demonstrated by the fact that the individual's own gestures are no longer his own, but rather those of someone else who represents them to him. The spectator feels at home nowhere, for the spectacle is everywhere." /Guy Debord, "The Society of the Spectacle", Donald Nicholson-Smith translation/
Debord's 1973 film is to be screened in the Secret Room of the club throughout the night. Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art- LCCA has just released the first ever translation of the book as well – it is going to be available for reading and for purchase during the event.