Group 12 investigates phenomena that employ a gothic spirit. We consider goth and gothic style through a lens of architecture, visual art, philosophy and music.
Features: Antoni Gaudí / Joan Miró, The Sisters of Mercy, Hauntology, Xmal Deutschland / 23 Envelope, Peter Murphy / Maxell.
The importance of spectacular subcultures here is not that they represent the whole of 'youth' in some homogenous 'youth culture' but, in their practices of 'winning space' within and against the hegemonic order, they constitute fragile, transient and minority forms, issuing symbolic challenges to the dominant culture and its definitions.
Nik Fiend, of the band Alien Sex Fiend, recalls
"The Batcave really was an alternative to whatever else time, an alternative independent. It was the perfect outlet for doing something that made no sense. I was always into Alice Cooper but I was also into Salvador Dali, so for me it was an opportunity to do something that was visually exciting, to an audience which was equally visually exciting."
To most present day Goths [the term Gothic] means a lifestyle, not just one night of dancing at a club. These people ... find beauty in the darker side of life, they believe that there is nothing wrong in a little misery and drama. 'Depressed' has often been used to describe the Gothic people, but this is not quite right. Because reveling in dismay is not the norm in society, does not mean that they are ultimately sad, just that they are fascinated by the feelings and action that it can bring.