The Global Party - {ourhistory}

{ourthistory} or 'The Global Party' is an exhibtition displaying the achivments of the 20 years of exellence in the graphic design for UK clubbing eventsand examining its relations with a comparative chronology of Cjuinise electronic dance music culture. {ourhistory} is a global touring exhibtition which hosted in China by Shine Communcations Group, owners of the ground braeking - China's only multi channel web radion station for electronic dance music, rock and hip-hop.

{ourhistory} in Shanghai contains elements like posters, music, expert talks and related merchandisesales . This one-of-a-kind exhibtion is not just the firts China showcase of some of the world's most brilliant DJ party graphics. {ourhistory} also serves to summurize the amazing growth of China's own dance pary community in the last twenty years. it provides a unique perspective on the youth trend process in modern China and it highlights the commonatiality and contrasts in youth expresion between China and the rest of the world.

Exhibtion orginisers, Shanghai's Shine Communications Group and their team have taken it their mission to introduce the roots of the culture trend culture to the Chinese public. In welcoming the {ourhistory} touring exhibitionto Shaghai after its sucessful mounting in London and Tokyo, they have been helped by promoters and DJs accross China to beging to gather a precious graphic and video documentary archive. The result of this cooperation is now contained here in the {ourhistory} exhibition. and it clearly illustrates and celebrates the process of DJ culture developement in China. It is intended that the visitor to this exhibition may gain a sense of evolution within the diverse and constantly growing party cultures of both UK and China.

'Acid House' Music and the Roots of Modern Creativity

after ten years under the grom trend on monochrome posters & graphics dominated by the punk movement and years of the Margaret Thatcher goverment, the explosion of the 'Acid House' music in 1988 infused new colur and energy into British people's loves; it stirred hope and kindled a spirit of freedom amongs a rising new generation of Uk youth.

It is undinaiable that without Acid House culture and its slew of quireky, iconinc themedposters and 'rave' - related designs, the last 20 years would not have been as outstanding creatively as they turned out to be.

The poster artwork collection on which {ourhistroy} is based raised the question, 'Was Acid House representaive not only of a trend in socio-cultural developement?'

The answer is, resoundingly, yes. As the {ourhistrory} exhibition reminds us, Acid House is representative not only of a music phenomenom but also of the other important cultural elements which compose society.

The music styles derived from the Acid house are numeros and abundant. Almost every music style that emerges generates a matching graphic language for itself. Acid Hosye was no exeption. Images visualized around the scene were a heady mix of many elemnts like hallucinatiions from 'magic' mushsrooms, punk, cartoons, disco sciense fiction, TV, blaxplotation culture etc. Manchester, London and Ibiza were the geographic cradles of the Acid House 'rave' spirit, The music cultures in these places palyed a huge role in forming the musical aesthetics of the emerging Acid House scene.

For the people who experience the 'golden age' of Acid House firts hand, the graphic images {ourhistory} represent a concentrated reminder of a life-changing cultural movement.


Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 10:00 to Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 22:00