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.
Elvi Soulsystems (House Purgatorio)
"If you're Riga you must be aware of this name – STURM. The meaning has evolved and changed over the years but the core has always been about the finest and the most exquisite kind of "aggressive" music there is. I've always found that there is something that we Latvians understand about industrial music that is above average, there's a sort of natural connection to it that penetrates styles and genres and ways of life. I've met people of absolutely different walks that have been at some point or are into this music here. And it could be the fault of a man that I myself and other respect dearly who goes by the same name that is the abbreviation of this country's Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau. I am most honoured to welcome the legendary KNAB to our little selector's night and very excited to hear him cruise through his massive collection of diverse styles and eras and everything. This is going to be a special one. Ok, they're all special, but still... This is KNAB, people!," in the words of Elvi Soulsystems.
*"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.