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TechnoWorlds @ Knockdown Center Goethe-Institut New York © Katherine Lorimer

TECHNO WORLDS is a Goethe-Institut exhibition shown in museums and exhibition venues around the world. In New York, TECHNO WORLDS is co-presented by the Goethe-Institut New York and our venue partner, the Knockdown Center, an art and performance space in Maspeth dedicated to cross-disciplinary projects and collaborations.

Techno as a global phenomenon has shaped the history of music since its beginnings in the early 1980s, remaining culturally influential in the spheres of contemporary art, pop culture, media consumption, and technology. Techno is a music form, but it’s about far more than music. The ethos of techno reverberates in design and fashion, philosophy and subculture; it informs our relationships to machines and virtual space; it enables us to imagine political-emancipatory projects and create ruins and fissures in hegemonic norms. Techno scenes reflect the social and economic structures in which they originate, and they offer us alternative visions of life and time that transcend borders. Techno has been and remains a force for political and cultural change.  

TECHNO WORLDS includes photographs, videos and installations by DeForrest Brown, Jr, Tony Cokes, Chicks on Speed, Zuzanna Czebatul, Kerstin Greiner, AbuQuadim Haqq, Rangoato Hlasane, Ryõji Ikeda, Maryam Jafri, Robert Lippok, Henrike Naumann and Bastian Hagedorn, Carsten Nicolai, Vinca Petersen, Daniel Pflumm, Sarah Schönfeld, Jeremy Shaw, and Tobias Zielony.


The works presented at Knockdown Center are inspired by themes such as the history and sound of techno music, communities and network, techno and design, underground rave culture, and Afrofuturism.

52-19 Flushing Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378

Opening hours:
Saturday - Sunday: 2pm - 8pm 

RSVP for Free Tickets:
August 6 & 7
August 13 & 14
August 20 & 21
August 27 & 28
September 3 & 4


The objects and installations on display at the Goethe-Institut approach the techno phenomenon from a feminist perspective and through the lens of cultural and musical history. Original fashion from the 90's and video installations will be on display.

30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

Opening hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 6pm

  TECHNO WORLDS Online Booklet (PDF, 936 KB)