A space with a rich history, the ground floor of the 1 MV dormitory, which today houses the MV sci-art centre, was one of the epicentres of entertainment between 1971 and 1986.
The curator of the exhibition, Mimo Obradov, revives an important slice of history and brings to the public's attention unforgettable stories, important figures of Timisoara music and a rich archive of images. Complemented by the interventions of artists Dona Arnakis, George Roșu and Florin Iepan (director of the film "Hair", editing: Călin Meda), the exhibition becomes an arc through time, transporting us to an era in which the thirst for freedom, individuality and creative desire become subversive elements, kept under close observation by the oppressive regime of the communist period.
Mimo Obradov: In September 1971, one of the first discos in Romania, the well-known "1 MV", opened in Timișoara, at the Politehnica club on the ground floor of Mihai Viteazu dormitory 1. In Timișoara there was already in 1967 the pop-rock club "PM 6", which had as its presenter Petru Umanschi, who also started a disco, with regular program, in 1970. The "disco" music genre had not yet appeared. The music was supposed to be danceable, and the presentation followed the pattern of DJs on pirate radio stations and those on American military bases in Western Europe.
The light installations consisted of globes with small pieces of mirrors glued on, globes hung from the ceiling, and electric motorized wheels on which light was projected from spotlights. The arsenal of lighting effects also consisted of strobes and an organ of coloured lights, automatically adjusted to the rhythm of the music. Music was played from tape recorders, which had to be rewound to the tune that was to enter the disco programme. As a result, the skills of the people in charge were very important.
Program co-financed by AFCN. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grantee.