Chelsea Berlin, Rave Art flyer collection
Some people keep photographs as a reminder of events they have attended, I keep and collect the ephemera and memorabilia. Not only do they evoke a solid memory of the event, the sights, sounds and visuals, but the graphic content and vibe is most often captured in the flyer, poster or memorabilia associated with it. I find those items inspiring, individually and collectively, an art form itself.
Whilst a photo captures a moment - being with the people I shared it with - it could have been taken anywhere, slotted into any other event, especially as my crew were always around me and me them. Having an item from a particular event, especially those one-off events, also provides historical reference, social context and a visual trigger which transports me back as if it were yesterday or I was there once more.
It’s akin to smelling something when you walk down a street, being instantly transported to a different time. The collected items in my archive create that same sense of ‘Proust Effect’ you get from such an occurrence. A flyer, patch, badge, poster, or other item of collected material and memorabilia reminds me I was there, who I was with, what times we had…