In recent years more artists and collectives have pushed the limits of what can be done with site-specific events. Nina Kraviz has thrown her wildly successful cave raves for the past two years, but a group of artists in Greece recently organized a party in an active volcano that furthers the possibilities of DIY.
As the New York Times reports, the event, titled 634 Minutes Inside a Volcano, was a collaborative effort between the Onassis Cultural Center and six d.o.g.s, a creative arts space in Athens that has also launched a record label.
For the event, 15 experimental artists focusing on classical, jazz, and electronic music gathered inside the Stefanos Crater in Volcano Valley, Nisyros, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Soundscapes comparable to the likes of Sun Ra, Aphex Twin or Autechre could be heard as the noise bounced off the crater walls.
Six d.o.g.s owner and artistic director Konstantinos Dagritziko was bewitched by the island and knew it would be special if they could pull off this unprecedented event.
"It's completely unique, basically the closest you can get to the center of the earth," Dagritzikos expressed to the Times. "And if you realize where you are, that around those walls lava erupted 20,000 years ago and this whole island was created, it's just mind-blowing."
View select photos above and be sure to follow six d.o.g.s as they are planning to release an audio recording of the 10-hour event.
[Photos: Penelope Gerasimou]
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