There was a time, in the besieged Sarajevo, when a group of British “travelers” managed to break the city’s isolation. They challenged the snipers’ shooting, in order to organize an unforgettable New Year’s Eve rave party. There was a time, when tens of thousands of young people took to the streets of Berlin, dancing and screaming out loud their disdain for every form of racism. Two moments that seems far from one another: the early 90’s civil war in Ex Jugoslavia, and today’s humanitarian crisis. If a link between the words ‘club’ and ‘culture’ has to be made, it’s in this kind of situations that such bond appears to be extremely strong, almost inextricable.
Of course, this has to do with an expression that, at this point, looks almost belonging to a process of dance-floor historicizing: ‘club culture’ is a term that nowadays, in times of ‘liquid’ consumption of every form of social reality, seems to be doomed to the closed circles of sociology studies.
However… However, as it often happens with subcultures, there’s an energy coming ‘from below’ (another term apparently obsolete, with whom we’ll have to deal with again, instead) that it’s taking over little communities. A desire for the underground, far miles away from the identification between dj and pop star, that brings the focus back where it all started: the music, that clashes of universes that characterized Djing since its inception. A comeback to the roots, without feeling neither nostalgic nor outdated, as it belongs to a generation that is looking back with love, not with rage. That’s the generation ROBOT 2018 wants to celebrate.

Pierfrancesco Pacoda