If you were to look for information on the “Mugre Squad” on the Internet, whether it is graphics, audio or visual, you’re most likely to immediately find pictures of people dancing uncontrollably and images from different artists at various parties. But what you wouldn’t find on your first search is any collective identity, titles, logos or anything like that. At least on your first search.
This collective of DJs and visual artists have always talked of themselves in the first person plural “we” from the outset of their first blog entry (November 2008!). It seems as if their only concern is to generate some sort of adolescent euphoria, which provokes crowds of wild dancers when they do their thing. There is no desire to create limits or boundaries between the spectators, dancers and the artists. From its inception, only 11 months ago, “Mugre” seeks to synchronize directly with the public, they say their production is destined “to all those who are as anxious” as they are.
In a conversation with WUBA, Watertonik, one of the creators of the collective, tells us that the kick start to create this group had to do with wanting to start their own party in which they could listen to genres of electronic music, which despite blowing up in the European underground scene, are rarely heard on Buenos Aires’ dance floors. This is how Arcade, one of the best Baltimore club producers in South America (according to many blogs); Douster, a French producer part of ZZK Records; the group Beat De Kids, musical and visual producers; Tebez, visual producer; Galaxy, the group photographer and DJ Watertonik.
Watertonik, speaking about the Mugre crew’s aesthetic that defines the group today, says that it has to do with the various backgrounds of all the members of the group: Skaters, graffiti, and visual artists in general, whether it be inside or outside the gallery. In regards to the “social” aspect of Mugre on the Buenos Aires dance floor, Watertonik tells us that “The local electronic scene saw its self in decay, the crazy ravers and the club kids who wanted bigger and badder parties had was fewer and fewer options, which made us say “We need to do something.” So we are more than anything a group that has been inspired and created from the dance floor.
In closing, the Mugre squad tell about how in the last couple months two new staff members have been incorporated: Florcita Naif, who is in charge of set design and DJ Franky4fingers. In an exclusive tidbit of info, they told us that before the end of the year there will be a party to celebrate the first year of existence of the group they will have their own night in which they will be organizers and residents, a deserved success for this group of antsy artists.