The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust‘s Distinctively Dutch Festival has been hosting events since February. We’ve covered a few of them on here, such as tonight’s premiere of JacobTV, and now we’re here to tell you about the closing party, aptly titled GO! DUTCH. The lovely folks at the Cultural Trust have teamed up with ourselves and a host of other well-established electronic music promoters to bring dutch deejay Dexter to Pittsburgh for a night guaranteed to knock your socks off. This unique, pop-up style event takes place in the former Bally’s Gym on 6th street downtown and is a must for any techno-loving, dance-crazed party animal. According to the event page, “There’s something about Dexter’s elastic basslines and sense of funk that dovetails with the timeless nature of electro itself. Plenty of UK names make it on to his mixes, along with fellow electro adopters from his homeland and original innovators from Detroit.” You know Pittsburgh loves them some Detroit techno, so trust the tastes of the VIA/Humanaut/Nak team and GIT IT.
Dexter has heavily influenced contemporary bass music producers such as Bok Bok, Boddika, and more. Have a listen to a podcast he did last year for Resident Advisor:
The evening will be complimented by a VJ set from Rosa Menkman, whose “videos and live performances are created by accidents in digital media. Her work emphasizes the positive consequences of glitches, compressions, and feedback. She has performed and lectured internationally in festivals concerning the role of digital technologies in contemporary society.” Peep some of her work here.
For an added element of entertainment, the event also features video game reels by emerging artists and animators, some of which you can catch at tonight’s gallery crawl. Games include:
Gentrification Battlefield by Jeroen Beekmans + Joop de Boer (Golfstromen) and Coen Rens:
In Gentrification Battlefield, which has the retro aesthetic of a first-generation PlayStation game, you can either be Timo, a hipster driving a Volkswagen van, or Sjaan, an elderly resident threatened with eviction; the neighborhood battlefield is rendered complete with key landmarks. This video game trailer features longtime inhabitants of Amsterdam-Noord, a real-life neighborhood that has become a symbolic stage for class and social conflict in the Netherlands, fighting for possession against advancing hipsters and yuppies. Golfstromen is planning to turn the concept into a real game.
Check out Gentrification Battlefield at tonight’s crawl. The exhibit runs until May 18 in the 803 Liberty Ave window. It was also recently featured in MOMA’s 2011 “Talk to Me” exhibition.
SUPER MARIO BOS (by Coen Rens):
Coen made this video during his internship with the Dutch political party Partij van de Arbeid (labour party). A parody of a similar-named classic video game, now starring the party’s political leader Wouter Bos as the protagonist, executing stylized political goals in a video game world. It has been shown and discussed in the Dutch television show RTL Boulevard, and got a lot of publicity because of the commotion it provoked with Nintendo.
Tickets can be purchased here. The event is 18+. $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $5 + BYOB after 2AM. Use our exclusive promo code GODUTCH to get $2 off your ticket when you order online.
Complimentary beverages from sponsors vitaminwater and Iron City Beer will be provided, so come thirsty!