January 9, 2009 - Fondazione Prada - The Double Club
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January 9, 2009

The Double Club

CONGOLESE STARS
AT CARSTEN HÖLLER’S DOUBLE CLUB

January 2009

The Double Club
7 Torrens Street
London EC1V 1NQ

www.thedoubleclub.co.uk

Congolese stars are part of the January line-up at Carsten Höller’s Double Club, the unique art installation realised in collaboration with the Fondazione Prada which showcases the best of Congolese and Western cultures until May 2009.

The restaurant/bar/night-club will see Congolese star-DJs and live acts exchanging sets with their Western counterparts each week, with dedicated Western nights on Fridays and Congolese evenings on Saturdays. The restaurant will serve food from both cultures against the backdrop of artworks by Andy Warhol, Alighiero e Boetti and Carla Accardi. In the month since it opened, The Double Club has seen Congolese Sapeurs drinking alongside East London party kids and leading members of the art world.

All profits are going to The City of Joy charity, which provides shelter and services to women who have been targets of violence during Congo’s long running civil war.

Situated in an old Victorian warehouse located just behind Angel Tube Station, the concept is inspired by Carsten Höller’s passion for the music and people of the Congo. The artist uses his training as a scientist in his work as an artist, concentrating particularly on the nature of human relationships. Born in Brussels in 1961, he now lives and works in Stockholm. He has undertaken many projects that invite visitor interaction, such as Flying Machine (1996) that hoists the user through the air and Upside-Down Goggles (1994/2001) that modify vision. In 2006 he made Test Site in “The Unilever Series” for the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, a work that followed several earlier slide pieces. In 2008, he created Revolving Hotel Room, an art installation which allowed museum-goers the chance to spend the night at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, as part of theanyspacewhatever exhibition.

The Double Club is produced by the Fondazione Prada who have presented several internationally renowned contemporary artists’ projects in a programme often features collaborations and multiple approaches to the creative process, with a unique capacity to embrace utopias such as The Double Club. For further information, please visit www.fondazioneprada.org

The project is made possible through the support of Guaranty Trust Bank, plc, Nigeria, which is also a partner of a cultural programme to be presented during the opening months of The Double Club

January 2009
09/01 Western Night: Macho City
10/01 Congolese Night: Sound Africa
16/01 Western Night: Busy P
17/01 Congolese Night: Gordon Masiala
23/01 Western Night: Tasty Tim w/ Princess Julia
24/01 Congolese Night: Alfredo Belcanto
30/01 Western Night: Hannah Holland
31/01 Congolese Night: Stevos Mbanza

The Double Club
7 Torrens Street
London EC1V 1NQ
Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Thursday (6pm-3am)
Friday & Saturday (6pm-4am)
Closed Sunday & Monday.

Press Enquiries:
Bolton & Quinn
0207 221 5000

For updated line-up information please visit the website: www.thedoubleclub.co.uk

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