Carl Craig: Party/After-Party (180g black vinyl 2LP boxset w/booklet)
A. Dub Board
B. Dub Room
C. Techno Board
D. Techno Room
In 2020 Dia premiered Party/After-Party (2020) by acclaimed Detroit-based techno DJ and producer Carl Craig. This work is Craig’s first commission for an art institution and culminates a five-year engagement with Dia. The institution announced the acquisition of this large-scale installation and sound work in December 2021.
Party/After-Party (2020) lives on beyond the exhibition at Dia Beacon
in this set of two vinyl LPs. The album includes four tracks of studio versions of the artist’s commission and live recordings from Dia Beacon that highlight the acoustics of the exhibition space. The LPs are supplemented by a sixteen-page booklet of liner notes, which include an introduction to the project by exhibition curator Kelly Kivland; a note on the work’s technical components by Dia’s manager of exhibition technology Randy Gibson; a consideration of the work in light of Black musical traditions and Detroit by music writer, media theorist, and curator DeForrest Brown, Jr.; and a reflection on the commission by Peter L’Official, associate professor of literature and director of American Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
“Carl Craig’s Party/After-Party at Dia Beacon was revelatory for all who experienced it. Deftly marrying the tenets of minimal art and techno, Craig transformed the lower level of the museum into a soundscape that inspired both melancholy and euphoria. I am so pleased that this work can now also be experienced by the public at home,” said Jessica Morgan, Dia’s Nathalie de Gunzburg Director.
This release is made possible, in part, by generous support from Bottega Veneta. The LP is distributed by Craig’s Planet E Communications.
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