DISCO APOCALYPSE

Immersive Art Installation by PluginHUMAN and Lorraine Brigdale

Karachi Biennale, PAKISTAN. October-November 2022

Disco Apocalypse
Screenshot from one of the DICSO APOCALYPSE video artworks

MORE IMAGES AND VIDEOS TO COME

A nihilistic frenzy.
An almost unbearable reality.
We invite audiences to rave on the precipice of the abyss.

Welcome to DISCO APOCALYPSE.

A perspective-warping onslaught of over-saturated colour, lighting and sound. Layered visuals coat the disco’s walls and floor. Shafts of moving light and bass-heavy electronic grooves are felt viscerally. Multiple video artworks beam out from screens. People are invited to stay and absorb this hedonistic celebration of end times.

DISCO APOCALYPSE places the artists’ work in the context of a wider society who is in stasis. A society who is unable to take action on climate realities, and who draws on rich environmental and cultural resources for hedonistic pleasure. The DISCO APOCALYPSE is a warning, one that inspires change that’s led by environmental and culturally embedded action.

The disco’s visuals demonstrate processes involving traditional art, science, computational mathematics and graphic-design. The visuals feature First Nations war shields. Shields elicit protective qualities. They’re re-imagined here, by Yorta Yorta Australian artist Lorraine Brigdale, as a tool for the protection of natural ecosystems. Accompanying the shields are enlarged microscope imagery and generative-computational imagery.

DISCO APOCALYPSE was created from audio and visual elements collected and created during the artists’ time in numerous international locations. This immersive art installation features visuals that show Batticoloa (Sri Linaka), Karachi (Pakistan), Amazonia (Brazil), and Narm (Australia). We acknowledge the First Peoples and communities of these lands. We came to these landscapes with presence and intention and pay respect to the culture, lives and struggles of these peoples and lands. We gratefully acknowledge First People’s custodianship and connection to landscape.

PluginHUMAN live and work on the unceded land of the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan who are Boon Wurrung people. We pay respect to ancestors, elders and communities. Lorraine Brigdale is a Yorta Yorta artist who lives and works on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung peoples of the Kulin Nation. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.

Disco Apocalypse
Screenshot from one of the DICSO APOCALYPSE video artworks

CREDITS:

Betty Sargeant (she/they): Artist (micrographs, graphic design, video artworks), creative director, producer

Lorraine Brigdale (she/her): Artist (shields), cultural leader

Justin Dwyer (he/him): Audio composer, artist, technical director