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This slogan by Genesis P-Orridge’s encloses many lines of force. It addresses how industry, an economic activity based on technological developments, modifies society by means of a continual transformation of the environment. An upwards movement that leads humanity to an anxiously awaited progress. Having said that, what happens when this road to happiness is cut short? What happens when one has to take decisions on which industrial sectors must be abandoned and which new ones must be undertaken? Consequently, similarly to the end of the 1970s in the UK, a feeling of discontent started to rise, with music acting as a kind of a catalyst for a quasi-primitive violence.


In the early 1980s, Mieres was looking for a way out of what was famously called industrial reconversion. As unemployment grew and the town began to lose population, a group of teenagers formed Equipo Estético Ética Makinal, an experimental group creating music with synthesisers while at once exploring the visual tenets of the avant-gardes, with references back to Futurism and Dadaism in their approach. Though located on the periphery, the group soon connected with the wider scene in Spain and also with similar collectives in France, Italy and the USA by means of exchanging letters, fanzines and cassettes.


Equipo Estético Étika Makinal: Ángel San José, Rafael Hernández, Pablo San José, Ernesto Avelino
Exhibits on loan from: Ernesto Avelino, Ángel San José

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