Artist Talk: Jimmy Robert

Our exhibiting artist, Jimmy Robert, discusses club culture, music and resilience with sound artist and DJ Ain Bailey and artist Emma Hedditch.

Since the 1800s, clubs and bars have figured in the margins of art history as important places for intellectual gathering and artistic discovery. In the 1980s and 1990s, clubs across London, Berlin and New York would function as spaces of musical creation, performance and political gathering. Yet, Covid-19 represents a major challenge for club culture and its communities, highlighting the precarious and inequitable labour as well as low recognition of club culture’s creative and artistic values.

Assembling different club scenes, Robert, Bailey and Hedditch discuss friendship and how clubs as spaces of political action and togetherness have been dramatically impacted by the current crisis.