The Third Part of the Night. Rave

We imagine the carnival nature of a rave as the corporeal expression of social energy.*

*We are sorry to inform you that the Rave on January 22 has been postponed due to the serious epidemiological situation.
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DJ sets and concerts in the Parking will be performed by artists who represent diverse musical groups and localities and rarely perform on the same stage. The rapidly paced genres of electronic music that do not rely on any straight techno form were chosen as benchmarks — acid, jungle, pop electronics. A short but intense musical journey/kaleidoscope, The Third Part of the Night raises the issue of what defines rave as a phenomenon today and what it may become in the future.

The idea of a rave, which has its roots in popular musical festivities, is akin to that of a carnival: it dismisses social hierarchy, is associated with the overt representation of the body and combines release of emotions, collective movement and collective presence. Having appeared in the crisis-ridden Britain of the 1980s during a period of political and economic instability, rave has become a kind of physically oriented therapy for living through a difficult historical period. In Russia, though, rave became a symbol of the country’s entry into the era of consumer choice. Club life catalyzed the emergence of a new fabric of social and artistic ties which significantly influenced the emergence of pop culture in the new Russia.

Image by Sophie Korotaeva
At a rave, the body is the minimal unit (public, political, emotional, ideological, etc.) that becomes a conductor of sound and rhythm, which have transformative power. The rave is no longer a marginal practice. It is now integrated into various urban and recreational activities that exist within the current logic of capitalist realism. We are not creating an illusion of independence and are not talking about a kind of return to the DIY format that defined rave as a phenomenon. However, today the very possibility of holding a mass nightlife event in the centre of a major Russian city inside a cultural institution is an exception to the general rule, an opportunity to imagine and rethink the rave.

– Nikita Rasskazov, project curator

The prequel to the rave will be the performance by Alexei Taruts 44 + 1 Column, Hyperbass Is Lava. The artist explores psycho-physiological aspects of co-presence at a mass musical event, offering a recoding of a viewer’s sensory perception and attention. A massive happening, saturated with various technological means of sensory stimulation (kilowatts of light and sound, hyperbass and strobe) becomes an attempt to overcome the stresses inherent to a technologies-riddled reality through an even greater technological shock.

The Third Part of the Night addresses the main question of rave culture: “How does music work?”. The energy of electronic sound and anonymity on the dance floor stimulate non-verbal forms of awareness and communication, which form a collective body, where everyone has their own interpretation of freedom. For one night, GES-2 will become a space where you can sense how the borders between common and personal experience are shaped and how fragile they are.


Alexey Taruts with the performance “44+1 Column, Hyperbass is Lava”

New Composers (live)

Kirill Shapovalov b2b Santa Valentina

Shadowax (live)

DJ 1985 presents DJ 1992


Sofia Rodina

Signal iz Militsii

Talnik (live)