Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965-75

24.12.2015

Exploring the relationship between architecture and nightlife in Italy during the 1960s and 70s, this new exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art shows how these clubs united art, music, theatre, and technology.

Exploring the relationship between architecture and nightlife in Italy during the 1960s and 70s, this new exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art shows how these clubs united art, music, theatre, and technology. They acted as a conduit for the radical ideas developed by young architects in university, and their unrestrained, free-spirited thinking acted in concert with 60s positivity to produce experimental venues with features like a flooded ground floors or vegetable gardens.

Despite lasting only a decade, they produced some of the only examples of the hugely influential ‘Radical Design’ movement before collapsing and disappearing from Italy’s cultural landscape. Nonetheless, the show remains a life-affirming example of the importance of design, where a group of graduates banded together to try and contribute towards social justice through creativity.

‘Radical Disco’ is open until the 24th of January, more information visit the ICA website here