Detroit: Techno City traces the evolution of the genre from its origins to its success in Europe in the 1990s.
Running from July 27th through September 25th, Detroit: Techno City will chart a timeline of the genre’s development from its 1970s origins to the early 1990s. It will explore how a generation was inspired to create a new kind of electronic music, focusing on the Belleville Three—Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson—and other techno pioneers like Blake Baxter and Eddie Fowlkes.
The exhibition will also explore the cultural cross-pollination between American and European techno, ushering in the second wave of Detroit techno DJs such as Carl Craig and Richie Hawtin. The final part will focus on Underground Resistance and their challenge to the commercial mainstream music industry. The ICA has previously hosted exhibitions on UK pirate radio and Italian nightclub architecture.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a season of online shows on NTS Radio featuring Detroit artists. Details are yet to be announced.