Livestream: Asking the gothic questions- from Design Museum Den Bosch, The Netherlands
A virtual expedition in the exhibition GOTH –Designing Darkness.
With some astonishing highlights from the exhibition and interesting talks with goth-lovers and scientists. Where exhibition galleries are customarily beacons of light and brightness, here you will find dark walls, placed at unexpected angles, which combined with sparse lighting evoke a mysterious, dark atmosphere in perfect keeping with the content of GOTH – Designing Darkness. Goth is the world’s biggest subculture. A lifestyle steeped in an undefined yearning for the dark side of life. The exhibition GOTH – Designing Darkness looks for the wellspring of the Goth scene to present two centuries of a cultural history packed with dramatic imaginings, ominous design and melancholic art. Such darkness as never seen before in a museum…
Let us introduce the special guests of tonight:
- Catherine Spooner one of the most important gothic-experts in the world. She is a Professor of Literature and Culture at Lancaster University, United Kingdom, where she specialises in Gothic in literature, film, fashion and popular culture. Her seven books include Fashioning Gothic Bodies, Contemporary Gothic and Post-millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, which was awarded the 2019 Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize by the International Gothic Association. She is currently writing a book on the Gothic cultural history of the white dress.
- Nick Groom is a Professor at the University of Macau. He is known in the media as the ‘Prof of Goth’ and has edited several major texts of Gothic literature such as The Monk and Frankenstein, as well as writing the bestselling book The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (all Oxford University Press). Recently, he has also published on the Gothic from the history of ruins to the singer-songwriter Nick Cave. His last book is The Vampire: A New History (Yale University Press, 2018), and he is currently completing a new anthology of C19th vampire tales, again for Oxford University Press. Nick Groom joined the University of Macau in 2020 as Professor of Literature in English, where with Prof. William Hughes he founded UMGothic and with whom he co-edited the first response from the Humanities to Covid-19, titled CoronaGothic: Cultures of the Pandemic (Critical Quarterly, 2021).
- Dani Ashes aka The Count host of the biggest goth-podcast Cemetery Confessions and founder of The Belfry Network. Aside from having a passion for the goth community, they spend much of their time keeping up with sociology, cognitive science, neurobiology and philosophy. They call themself a nerd, a gamer (video and tabletop), a horror movie fan, a beer connoisseur, an atheistic pagan, and lover of learning.
- Lisa der Weduwe who will represent the Museum of Youth Culture London, an archive with a huge collection of photographs on the British goth culture. Lisa is an expert on youth cultures.
- Mel Butler, photographer, musician, DJ and professional goth. Mel got into the goth subculture in 1985, aged 13. She grew up – and still lives – in the post-industrial North East of the UK.
- Tomas van den Heuvel, historian and co-curator of the exhibition GOTH – Designing Darkness.
The host of tonight will be Ama van Dantzig, a creative mastermind, building bridges between seemingly opposite worlds.
We welcome you and are very happy you’re joining us on:
Friday 11 february
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