Rave for Ecological Grief
In collaboration with MIT School of Architecture & Planning and Thresholds Journal, Nocturnal Medicine produced a funerary rave. The party was designed to provide a collective space for experiencing ecological grief, and for the co-occurrence of these feelings with the joy-in-togetherness of the dance party. Multiple strategies were employed to create a space for these emotional states— projections, a written meditation, interactive material displays, annointments. With no waste bins provided in the party space, guests were instructed to place their cups and empties upon a marble slab in the heart of the room; over the course of the night, an altar emerged as the centerpiece of the dance floor. A quiet space provided room for talking and reflecting, populated by fossils and traces of crude oil as prompts for thinking and feeling. The party was a manifestation of our essay written for Thresholds Journal on the party as a social mechanism for ecological intimacy.