New Order and chums talk about the art of art
New Order and chums talk about the art of art

New Order An Exhibition Opening Party-HBC Berlin 20 Jun 2012

New Order and chums talk about the art of art
New Order and chums talk about the art of art

To coincide with New Order’s Live appearance in Berlin, European dance magazine, Electronic Beats, have organised an exhibition of New Order’s Peter Saville designed record sleeve artwork and related photographs by Kevin Cummins. The exhibition is preceded by an opening party with a DJ set by New Order tour DJ Tin Tin. When we arrive he’s spinning a Karl Bartos tune.

There are 3 English and 3 German hardcore New Order fans in attendance, and oh dear, it’s a free bar! Every trip to the bar is for 4 pils whether anyone wants one or not. Also in attendance tonight are Peter Saville, Kevin Cummins and New Order.

At about 9 pm there is to be an interview on stage with Barney, Steve, Gillian, Kevin and Peter. We promptly steal 2 reserved seats in the second row and settle down with 3 pils each! Peter Saville, in true Factory tradition, ambles on stage late, whereupon Barney gently chastises him. The interview that follows is funny and sarcastic in a very Mancunian way.

Our German contingent understands the humour totally, but some of it goes over the rest of the audience’s heads. Steve is asked what do you think about before a gig? He says, ” the gig obviously or you would miss it!”
Talking to some people in the bar next door before hand, it becomes clear that Peter Saville and Kevin Cummins are not as well known as they are in England. Of the exhibition, Kevin’s contribution is more interesting, containing some never before seen shots, ranging from US tour shots, in rare colour for Kevin, to the more familiar Joy Division shot on a bridge in Moss Side, discussed about in the interview.- Back in the days of film, shots were taken sparingly, not like in today’s digital world and this was one of only 4 shots taken at the time and he didn’t think that it would be published.

Unfortunately Savilles contribution to the exhibition is only a set of 12″ record sleeves. I would have liked to see some original artwork. The interviewer asks a about the “Republic” sleeve, Saville offered 32 different ideas, the band liked the couple playing on the beach, but the burning building was more like what was going on at the time!
We have brief chats with the band and Kevin Cummins and attempt, and fail, to drink the bar dry.

We are interviewed on film for the electronic beats web site, and I am somewhat unbelievably mistaken for a member of New Order and asked to do a photo shoot, despite not remotely resembling any one of them. We amble into the night somewhat drunker than when we arrived.

Attractive Posters and art books are available at the exhibition

The exhibition continues until 4 July

German New Order fan site, the whole of the interview will be on here to listen to shortly

Words Alex Staszko and Norbert Dewender, pictures Alex Staszko

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