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Seana Gavin : Spiralled


The new IDEA book is SPIRALLED by visual artist Seana Gavin. The book is an unravel back in time to the nineties, when Seana was an underage devotee of the underground rave scene. In 1994, the UK government introduced the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act that clamped down on illegal raves and other forms of ‘anti-social’ behaviour. Sound systems such as Spiral Tribe quit Britain for Europe. Seana went with them. She lived this travelling life, kept a diary, took the pictures and then, for near on two decades, kept it under wraps. Until now. Now, in this age of sharing everything… something rarely seen.

SPIRALLED is a personal visual history of the fuck-the-system sound system movement of truck and caravan convoys that criss-crossed Europe staging free festivals, raves and largely peaceful parties in open fields and disused industrial buildings. An alternative lifestyle book, an exteriors book, a photobook that documents a great and largely lost freedom. In 2020, it looks like a freedom from phones, social media and zoom calls. And, of course, a freedom of movement. An expansion of time to experience and learn from travel, meeting people, dancing.


Published by IDEA on June 29th 2020 in an edition of 750 copies.

Available on the DSM E-Shop

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