This article was originally published in Domus 638 / April 1983
In the times of spectacular mass entertainment, special attention is being paid to the places where individual entertainment is measured, and most of all to discothèques. People no longer go to the disco just to dance or to hear good music, but to abandon themselves to subtle pleasures, to savour sophisticated recreation and adventure. Next to the need for personal exhibitionism, this entertainment also has to satisfy the craving for surprise fillips, the desire for psychophysical relaxation and total well-being. People are now more demanding in their request for pleasure, which is why discothèques are being transformed into specialized recreation workshops.
Video screens and films are not enough to fill the empty pauses and to offset the dangerous drops in tension. Fanciful and eccentric interior furnishing and decoration at present seem to be becoming the focal points of Force and allurement in the new discos. Highly theatrical designs waft pleasure-seekers into a heady film-set atmosphere whilst ensuring a multiplicity of functions. You can dance,listen to music, watch films and videotapes, but you can meditate, too, indulge in your own thoughts or go off into solitary fantasies.