investigates the bonds between the historic band, which was formed in 1981, and artists, writers, filmmakers, designers, and other musicians. Sonic Youth’s multimedia works and those of the artists in the show reveal a possible alternative history of contemporary culture, with a critical discussion of the division between “high” and “popular” art, with topics such as youth rebellion, hunger, fashion and sex.
The various sections revolve around a central area, which illustrates the band’s long history, with records, posters, T-shirts, instruments and photographs. SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX describes the band’s 30 years of transversal projects, retracing the stages of their formidable artistic career which has been inspired by the ideal of a world outside the mainstream of mass industrial culture.
The artists William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, D.A. Levy, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, John Cage, Glenn Branca, Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon, Cameron Jamie and Kim Kordon, Tacita Dean, Isa Genzken and Michael Morley.
Curated by Roland Groenenboom
Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, 2008