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Techno Land

Techno Land

Germany in the 1990s: At breakneck speed, Techno had established itself as a youth culture and brought about a lasting change in the cultural landscape of the newly reunited republic, and not just musically. Maybe for the last time, Germany's youth agreed: This belongs to us! The dossier on "Techno Land" attempts an insight into this unique era of German cultural history.

Setting the stage

Something new is happening

Danielle de Picciotto

It started as a cultural import from the USA, but then took on a momentum of its own that made it part of German culture. On these pages we have collected contributions, photos, playlists and interviews with people who were there when a new sound became a nationwide movement that entered all areas of life of the generation at that time.

History(ies) of Techno


Many documentaries have been made about techno. This is the one to know.

We Call It Techno! © Telekom Electronic Beats

We Call it Techno!

WE CALL IT TECHNO! tells the story of a tempestuous phase in music history, the first time that pop culture was created significantly in Germany.  With exclusive interviews and comprehensive, mostly unreleased film and photo archive material from the years 1988-1994! 

Incl. Statements from Ata, Cosmic Baby, Mijk van Dijk, Elsa for Toys, Hell, Mike Ink., Jürgen Laarmann, Mark Reeder, Tanith, Triple R, Upstart, Sven Väth, Wolle XDP and many more 


In the beginning, it was a small, sworn community. At the first Love Parade in 1989, just 150 people came together. It was the enthusiasm, creativity and inventiveness of the organizers of the first clubs and parties, the designers of flyers, posters and decorations, the DJs, the writers and music creators, and last but not least the early fans, who created a complete techno infrastructure. Here we present a series of interviews with precisely these people, those who were there when a new culture emerged in Germany and played a major role in shaping it. Many of them with a personal list of their favorite techno tracks.

Bonus Tracks

The Goethe-Institut Washington's podcast series The Big Pond features a number of exciting transatlantic stories. Among them these episodes which fit perfectly to Techno Land.

Techno Worlds


Project page
Techno Worlds

As a global phenomenon, techno has not only shaped music history, but has also set impulses that have impacted contemporary culture, art, pop culture, media consumption and technologies.

The Goethe-Institut's exhbition TECHNO WORLDS approaches this multi-layered phenomenon through the works of international artists. 


Exhibition, various events | From May 13, to June 19, 2022 | Various locations
Techno Worlds in Montreal

TECHNO WORLDS is an exhibition at the intersection of music, art, pop, media, and technology in relation to the multifaceted techno scene, genres, and political projects that have emerged from the subcultures of the 1980s to the present, tracing the processes of cultural and economic appropriation.

The exhibition was shown from May 13 to June 19, 2022 in three locations - the Centre PHI, the SAT and the Goethe-Institut Montreal.

Goethe-Institut and dublab

Goethe-Institut and dublab
Conversations in the radical library

In cooperation with the German Consulate General Los Angeles and dublab, Bernard Farley, electronic music artist and founder of Black Techno Matters, and local music artists 92Jelani, Trovarsi, and Corry Banks gathered at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles on Friday, December 9th to mark the opening of the TECHNO WORLDS exhibition.