A Lecture by Catharine Rossi.
3.11.2021, HEAD–Genève


Nocturnal Perspectives lecture series, curated by Vera Sacchetti

In this lecture Catharine Rossi reflects on her experiences of curating exhibitions on the design of club culture, including Space Electronic: Then and Now for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, the co-curated Radical Disco at the ICA in London and the co-curated touring exhibition Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960 to Today, which opened at Vitra Design Museum in 2018 and which is currently at V&A Dundee (Scotland). The talk includes an emphasis on the curatorial challenges presented by researching this subcultural, nocturnal theme, billed as a “non-existent” form of architecture, and attempts to exhibit issues of atmosphere, experience and the senses in exhibitions on this subject.

Catharine Rossi biography

Dr Catharine Rossi is a design historian based at Kingston School of Art. Her research interests range from post-war Italian design to the relationship between design and craft, and the design history of nightclubs. In 2015 she published Designing Craft in Italy: from Postwar to Postmodernism (MUP) and is the co-editor with Alex Coles of the forthcoming book Post-Craft (Sternberg Press, 2022). Curatorial projects include Space Electronic: Then and Now for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale and the co-curation of Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960 to Today, a touring exhibition which opened at Vitra Design Museum in 2018 and which is currently at V&A Dundee (Scotland).