‘House is a Feeling’ – An immersive exhibition exploring Coventry and the motor city’s very own ‘Motown Story’ in electronic music

Coventry City of Culture Trust has announced, ‘House is a Feeling’, an immersive multi-media exhibition exploring Coventry and the motor city’s very own ‘Motown Story’ in electronic music. The exhibition will take place in a secret location from November 11th – 28th 2021.

‘House is a Feeling’ is a chronological exploration of music and cultural revolution in Coventry from 1985 to 1993. This multi-sensory exhibition gives insight into a city before, during and after the arrival of house music and ecstasy and of those involved.

The exhibition explores the impact and legacy of electronic dance music and emerging youth cultures at a time of heightened social injustice, racism and violence, culminating in a musical and social revolution that put Coventry on the map.

The city was one of the epicentres of a new youth cultural expression in the UK and witnessed the birth of its first legal events orchestrated by Amnesia House and The Eclipse Nightclub, the first sanctioned all-night 24-hour club in the UK.

Presented through a series of corridors and curated themed rooms, the exhibition includes transformational theatre; audio documentaries; artist moving images and laser projections. With uncensored accounts tracking the journey of Coventry’s place as the pioneer of this global movement and multi billion-pound industry, creating a blueprint that was copied worldwide.

The work includes contemporary visual interpretations of the underground drug culture and captures significant historical moments covering themes of racism and city centre violence featuring local people telling untold stories of their experience.

“This exhibition documents one of the last youth and cultural movements of the 20th Century in the UK. The city was at the epicentre of electronic dance music and rave culture at this time. It was a time in hedonistic time in history when the younger generation were fully immersed in the moment, no mobile phones or selfies. It was just pure love for the beat. There was a sense of freedom and spirit amongst that generation that won’t be seen again. The exhibition will give the public a chance to see Coventry’s musical and social-revolution of the late 1980s and 90s.” – Chenine Bhathena

“This is a historical documentation of one of the most important cultural movements of the 20th century and maps the journey of a youth revolution that took over the world. The amazing thing was this was brought together by black, brown and white street kids who had nothing but each other.” – Adi Dowling

‘House is a Feeling was commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust

The exhibition is funded by Arts Council England and Coventry City of Culture Trust.

About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. A man that lives in a world of beats and bass, and total confusion about life!