The Buzzclub, Liverpool, UK / Mysteryworld, Zaandam, NL
Rineke Dijkstra


In her Video The Buzzclub the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra (*1959) shows visitors to two discotheques The Buzzclub in Liverpool and Mysteryworld in Zaandam, Netherlands. She requested young visitors to pose for her camera in the middle of the night in the empty vestibule in front of a white wall. The music from the discotheque is audible in the background, but the girls and boys are alone. The artist sets a formal rigour against the dynamics of the music and the movement: the cool neutrality of the room, the isolation of the figures and the calculated editing. In this way Rineke Dijkstra achieves an existential quality and shows portraits of individuals that oscillate between vulnerability and self-confidence.