exhibition “Techno Worlds”
Morning Has BrokenMorning Has Broken (2001) resets the utopian idealism of Cat Stevens’ 1971 titular folk song into the mourning of the end of a rave—a subcultural movement that had been quickly usurped by the mainstream. The Super 8 film documents exhausted ravers pouring out of a legally-sanctioned event in Vancouver at the break of dawn after a night of music, dancing and drugs. By resetting the grainy images of candy ravers within the sentiment of the dated pop hit, the meaning of dawn is shifted from the bohemian political ideals of the 1970s to the hedonistic, techno-utopianism of the late 1990s rave scene.
text by Maxwell Stephans, 2020