"Described by one commentator as the best thing they'd ever seen in a gallery, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore is an extended paean to the unadulterated bliss of nocturnal abandon. A documentary of sorts, Leckey's video chronicles the rites of passage experienced by successive generations of British (sub)urban youth".
- Matthew Higgs, ArtForum
Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore uses found and original footage of discos and raves across Britain during the 70s, 80s and 90s. Details of clothing, technology, music and other cultural references surface briefly like uncanny folklore as the film explores a culture of collective leisure and consumption.
Mark Leckey makes sound system installations and video works that reveal a fascination with such marginalized youth cultures as popular dance and football hooliganism and draw rich references from the history of art.
Leckey came to prominence with his video piece Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), shown at the ICA as a part of 'Crash!' (1999). His next video, We Are (Untitled) (2001), featuring friends and actors in his flat after a night out, was commissioned for Century City at Tate Modern (2001).
Leckey collaborates with artists Ed LaLiq, Nick Relph, Enrico David and Bonnie Camplin as collective 'donatella', making video and live music performances which sample and re-fashion familiar images and melodies from popular culture. Leckey's work has been in numerous solo exhibitions including Septic Tank, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, Parade, Cabinet Gallery, London, (2004), Migros Museum, Zurich (2003), London, My Part in its Downfall, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne (2000). Group exhibitions include Faces in the Crowd, Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004), Fast Forward / Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2003), Shoot the Singer: Music on Video, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2002), Protest & Survive, The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2000)
Mark Leckey Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore 1999, DVD, 15 minutes ¨© courtesy the artist/Gavin Brown's enterprise