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A collection of ephemera documenting dance music culture.

The Wildlife Archive comprises over 5,000 items of dance culture ephemera dating back to the early 1970’s.

For this exhibition, the archive presented Altered States, which forms part of an ongoing body of research focused on the era’s surrounding the first and second summer(s) of love exploring the aesthetics that interlink both summers with a specific focus on the communal experience of music.

History records the first summer of love as 1967 centered primarily on the city of San Francisco, USA and the second summer of love as 1988 across various cities in England, UK, although both summer’s reverberated geographically and into the future creating a psychedelic continuum.

This installation offers a visual sample of printed materials that highlight the shared graphic language of flyers, handbills & postcards that advertised the be-ins, dance concerts, acid tests, club nights and raves of each era alongside supplementary printed matter that serves to further provide visual context.

About the archive.

The Wildlife Archive includes books, magazines, clothing, and related artifacts documenting dance music culture from its early origins through to today’s global scene.

Comprising over 5,000 items dating back to the early 1970’s including New York disco, Chicago house, Detroit techno, Belgium new beat, Ibiza balearic and UK acid house to name a few.

This unique archive has been exhibited at museums and galleries including the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, Design Museum in London, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Barbican in London, Tate in Liverpool, V&A in Dundee, Bozar in Brussels, Philharmonie in Paris and Vitra Design Museum in Germany.