Video

Digital Dance Nation

Marc Morrison

1994, 34:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 2023.00

Raves emerged from the pure enjoyment of a new type of music called techno. For hours, in a darkened warehouse space, youths would come together in tribal union for a nocturnal gathering - more than a thousand kids dancing endlessly to the hard driving beat of electronic music, pushing themselves to near exhaustion.
The rave scene originated approximately six years ago in London, England and found its way to Toronto in 1991. These non-violent parties immediately grabbed the attention of the police, the media, and the law-makers. Headline stories in the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail made accusations about rampant drug abuse among ravers, sparking Toronto police to investigate. The rave scene flourished and the far-reaching effects on this city are probably comparable to the 'punk movement'.

The Underground Collective is:
Journalist Marc Morrison, Designer Tanya Subic and Film Student Stan Trac. They combined talents and chronicled the rave scene to a depth never attempted before. Digital Dance Nation captures the energy and intellect of this youth phenomenon and reveals a hidden facet of popular youth culture.
With a positive and energized determination the underground collective spent eight months addicted to the rave scene.

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