​Car installation celebrating UK rave culture shut down after one night

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An art installation celebrating UK rave culture and the birthplace of acid house, Stoke-on-Trent, has been silenced after its opening night, StokeonTrentLive reports.

‘Mad in Stoke’ is an installation from artist Carrie Reichardt who transformed a 1969 Ford Zephyr into a mosaic art piece featuring strobe lighting, music, and video interviews from the likes of Fatboy Slim, Pete Bromley, Lee Fredericks, and Mark Archer.

The piece was created for the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), a free ceramics festival in Stoke-on-Trent running from September 23 – November 5.

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After the exhibition’s opening night on September 23, ‘Mad in Stoke’ received noise complaints from locals in the Hanley area, Staffordshire. The piece will now only be available to listen to via headphones, BCB later confirmed.

“After feedback from someone who lives nearby, we are taking measures to ensure people get the full rave experience of Carrie’s work – Mad in Stoke – via headphones but without disturbing the neighbours,” BCB’s chief executive and artistic director, Clare Wood, said.

“We welcome everyone to come and enjoy the Shelley’s nightclub-inspired installation and the rest of the Biennial over the next five and a half weeks.”

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The silencing of Carrie Reichardt’s art installation has been likened to the early days of acid house where raves were consistently shut down by police across the UK.

The artist behind the music, video, and lighting elements of the installation, Darren Washington, said via StokeonTrentLive: “It’s a shame, but I’m glad it’s been resolved now.”

‘Mad in Stoke’ will remain on display at the British Ceramics Biennial until November 5 alongside installations and ceramic pieces from more than 50 artists. Find out more here.

[Via StokeonTrentLive]

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Written by: Tim Hopkins

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