Swing music was established in the US and dominated the 1930s and 40s. Prior to the development of swing was the era of prohibition where ‘moonshine’ was produced, a homemade illegal alcohol, which was said to have been so strong that it had hallucinogenic qualities.
The concept for this project centres around the idea of drawing parallels between then and now with this modernisation of the genre into ‘electro’-swing. Dali’s surrealism of the 40s pared with the historical context behind the development of swing, encompasses this idea of distorting a civilised elegant 1930s dinner party into a psychotropic experience. Accordingly, a Mad Hatter’s Banquet was staged drawing influences from 1930s versions of Alice in Wonderland to inspire an appropriate pastiche interpretation.
The banquet takes place in the era of swing but through the eyes of the subjects themselves. The event stages a weird and playful production that captures both the roots of swing and the contemporary touch that has brought it into the forefront of the electronic music scene of current.