Egg Outlaw Camera Phones for Berlin Berlin (Saturday April 2)
London underground house and techno club Egg are introducing a ‘no camera’ policy for this weekend’s Berlin Berlin party, promising the tri-monthly party will be ‘our most risqué show to date’
“Some things are just too lascivious for social media,” Egg explained in a video announcing the new rule, “For the full Berlin Berlin experience we’re asking you to respect that what happens in Berlin stays in Berlin.”
Today’s ubiquity of cameras and their power to control people’s behavior was eerily identified in an incredibly prescient book written by Susan Sontag in 1973, ‘The Image-World’ in which she explicitly identified the role of capitalism in driving technological development.
“A capitalist society requires a culture based on images. It needs to furnish vast amounts of entertainment in order to stimulate buying and anesthetize the injuries of class, race, and sex,” she noted.
“And it needs to gather unlimited amounts of information, the better to exploit natural resources, increase productivity, keep order, make war, give jobs to bureaucrats. The camera’s twin capacities, to subjectivize reality and to objectify it, ideally serve these needs and strengthen them.”
“Cameras define reality in the two ways essential to the workings of an advanced industrial society,” she continued, “As a spectacle (for masses) and as an object of surveillance (for rulers).”
Sisyphos DJs Fidelity Kastrow, Juli N.More and Jonty Skrufff spin at Berlin Berlin again on Saturday night, taking over the entire Garden (first) floor for the whole night. Tickets are available here.