Flume Deconstructs EDM With Haunting Art Exhibit, Every Dull Moment

Flume Deconstructs EDM With Haunting Art Exhibit, Every Dull Moment

Flume and visual artist Jonathan Zawada are deconstructing the idea of "EDM" for their new art exhibit.

This month, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is honoring Australia's live music scene by virtue of Volume, a special series that showcases the visual art and music in the region and beyond. Australian artists Genesis Owusu and Tkay Maidza will represent their country while André 3000 and Kim Gordon will bring the sounds of the U.S. to Sydney. 

The venture will also feature a special art exhibit from the local future bass pioneer Flume, as well as his longtime collaborator Zawada. Fans may know the latter as the creator of the album art for Flume's Grammy-winning 2016 album Skin and 2019's mixtape Hi This is Flume.

A play on the "EDM" acronym, the exhibit is titled "Every Dull Moment" and will see the duo tear down what you'd see and hear at a electronic dance music festival. Attendees will witness lasers, projected visuals and spotlights as if they were in the crowd at one of Flume's shows.

Viewers can expect the experience to mutate as concert-grade production and randomized music from Flume will be displayed with no artist onstage and no screaming fans in attendance, giving them the ability to explore the technical layers of the festival experience and appreciate just how much of the magic comes from the people in the crowd.

"Staged away from the typical stadium or outdoor field environment, and with no human interaction or live performance, Every dull moment (EDM) is devoid of its original context," reads the exhibit's description. "Instead, Zawada and Flume share a series of fragmented moments that delve into the presence and purpose of the festival form. Vanishing points are dispersed, beats are lost, moving image is momentary and the deconstruction of the EDM experience is all that remains."

"Every Dull Moment" will be on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until July 21st, 2024. You can learn more about the art exhibit here and watch a preview below.

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