ICA to hold Detroit techno exhibition

The show will centre on the evolution of the seminal genre and how social influences informed its rise in popularity

London’s ICA has revealed plans to show Detroit: Techno City, an exhibition tracking the distinct genre of Detroit techno from its origins in the 1970s, to its phenomenal rise in popularity via European audiences, and into its continued influence, still felt today.

The ICA’s website describes how the show will show how “inexpensive analogue technology such as the Roland TR-808 and 909” used by “DJs and producers including Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson” helped form the distinct genre that “introduced a second wave of DJs and producers to the sound including Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin and Kenny Larkin”.

It will conclude with “a focus on Underground Resistance, a collection of DJs and artists including Mike Banks, John Collins, Robert Hood and Jeff Mills (until his departure in 1992)”.

The exhibition will be complemented by a series of shows on NTS Radio.

Check out the full details over on the ICA website.