It’s been over a period of fifteen years that Carlo Valentine magically is building up love and confidence with Decadence. A unique cultural movement for the Italian alternative scene, radical and edgy yet so open-minded. It all started in Bologna in 2005, passing through some of the most exquisite villas and castles in Italy, arriving to the most transgressive capitals of Europe such as Berlin.
Elegantly mixing alternative subcultures -fetish, electro, post-punk, 80s- with art exhibitions and a highly transversal audience, Decadence provides something outside of your normal party experience: a safe space and a loving reminder to be yourself freely within the environment. So many memorable moments along the years with Visage, Boytronic, Peter Murphy, Lacrimosa, Guerre Froide, Tobias Bernstrup, Skeletal Family, Lebanon Hanover, Suka Off, etc., while this 15th anniversary special event hosted a visceral public ritual by Aesthetic Meat Front.
A-M-F is “a translucent collective of rituals, desires, ideas, philosophies, arts, dreams and nightmares” as stated by its founder Louis Fleischauer; A Body Art Collective that combines in a trance like state of mind a symphony of pain and ecstasy. Our consciousnesses were completely altered by the smell and sight of fresh blood, visceral sonique suspensions, simulated brain wave frequencies, pain hypnotically translated into sound and light.
He who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes, as Jung says. Our views become clear only when we look deep down inside of us. Evolving on practices as Native Americans Sun Dance ritual, Hindu Kavadi Attam piercing rites and Aztec & Norse rituals on this occasion as well A-M-F has put together an intense shamanistic mind-shattering experience of self-awareness where agony was only the first step towards catharsis.