German artist Carsten Holler’s longtime fascination with the Democratic Republic of Congo has grown into an experimental vision for a temporary night club where Congolese culture collides with its Western counterpart in subtle and interesting ways.   Named the Double Club, Holler’s project is both a music venue and restaurant that seeks to draw clear aesthetic lines between the two worlds while at the same time creating a unifying experience for the attendees.

The restaurant, laid out like a chessboard, serves both Congolese and Western dishes; the disco features a rotating dance floor and a soundtrack that changes at regular intervals from thumping Western house music to Congolese rumba rock (distorted to approximate the low-tech vibe of Congolese sound systems handmade from scrap-yard salvage).

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