can a party happen anywhere?
the story of techno in berlin begins with the fall of the wall. abandoned buildings were taken over by young people who organized illegal raves in power plants, bunkers, hangers and underground stations. for a brief period of time every day, individuals divided by gender, race, sexuality, and politics were united by a shared dedication to the music. it was an act of liberation dancing in places where previously you might've been shot for trespassing. the techno rave was a movement that used berlin's abandoned spaces to promote freedom and hedonism, giving dancers the agency to shut out the everyday and suspend reality.
as the city changed following reunification, so did the character of the rave. previously abandoned buildings were bought and transformed into purpose made club spaces, complete with yelp reviews and trip advisor comments. rules on where you can dance, how to dance, and even who can dance were enforced. it was the commercialization of liberation.
in this way, the techno-tel pays homage to the roots of techno in berlin by creating an alternative space focused on suspension, freedom, and inclusivity. just as the rave is about dualisms (day vs night, mind vs body, etc) this space transforms itself according to the needs of its occupants. whether a hotel or a club, or both, it gives back individual agency to have a party anywhere.
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