The acid house culture of 1980s Britain reinterpreted as a political and cultural prism, in a performative film lecture by the artist Jeremy Deller.
In our collective consciousness, acid house is about ecstasy, smiley T-shirts in size XXL and piano riffs accompanying the pumping rhythms of a drum machine. However, the wild, hedonistic party culture had a much greater political and cultural significance in 1980s Britain. In a number of films, Jeremy Deller has analysed his country's modern history through its subcultures and iconic moments, and 'Everybody in the Place' is a performative and participatory lecture for an English high school class, illustrated by music hits, film clips and other documentation. With acid house as a prism, Deller and the youths discuss how pop culture is linked to identity, class, race and the city/country schism. In the meantime, the great optimism of the 1990s has been replaced by the crises of our times, from Brussels to the Brexit that the young pupils soon have to find out how to live with. The lesson ends with a rave party.