Ironic, obsessive and ingenious all at once, The Netherland's Beyond Festival housed an on-site installation called 'Berghenk' created by Bauhaus. The piece was a miniature mock-up of Berlin's famed Berghain with the sole purpose of denying people at the door.
Berghenk (pictured above) was designed with a front exterior identical to the coveted techno club, a queue gate and fair-sized interior.
The entire structure was a meta-cultural statement on the dance music community's obsessive fascination with Berghain's notorious exclusive policy. Fans at the festival waited in line repeatedly and were denied every single time, holding onto sparse hope that one could eventually gain entry.
Berghenk's model was to purposely let zero attendees inside, playing dark techno blasting from its interior throughout the entire festival.
The festival went as far as to offer step-by-step instructions on how to handle the Berghenk experience:
1. Stand in line
2. Get rejected
3. Go back to stand in line
4. Get refused
5. Go back to stand in line
6. Get refused
7. Go back to stand in line
8. Get refused
9. Go back to stand in line
Well played Beyond Festival. Positively savage.
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