Movie screenings in the Tresor floor
NAJA / SAMA
2018, video, 15’, color / 2019, video, 16’, color. Courtesy of the artist and DeepFocus Webdocs. Directed by Jan Beddegenoodts, produced by Jos De Putter
Filmmaker Jan Beddegenoodts reacted to the topic of music and activism with three short documentaries. He spent time with strong individuals who are part of big collective movements stemming from Georgia, Palestine and Israel. In the coming months, he will be producing two more films in Brazil, and in the USA.
NAJA – Naja Orashvili is one of the thriving forces behind BASSIANI club and the White Noise movement.
SAMA – Sama Abdulhadi is a Palestinian techno queen who began blasting around the globe following her performance at the Boiler Room, providing visibility and empowerment for her country.
I DANCE ALONE
For Doringer, the line between the two is blurred: For “I Dance Alone”, he collected aerial footage of clubs as the crowds danced together and alone. The result is a stunning survey of clubbing as a movement: How do people come together, and how do they fall apart? Equal parts sociological and a study in choreography, “I Dance Alone” is an exploration of bodies, their patterns, and why they move in the ways that they do.
DANCE OR DIE
by Naja Orashvili and Giorgi Kikonishvili, (2018, 54min, color) D: Roozbeh Kaboly / witﬁlm&NTR
The experimental film ‚Dance or Die‘ by Naja Orashvili (founder of BASSIANI) and Giorgi Kikonishvili (BASSIANI) pursues the political importance of dance and shows how club spaces paved the way for a completely new youth culture in Georgia. The events in Tbilisi inspired other movements worldwide: not long afterwards, 70,000 people met in Berlin to protest against fascism. The protest was instigated by ‚Reclaim Club Culture‘, a network of party organisers, cultural activists and researchers.
THE POLITICS OF ECSTASY
by Chiara Baldini and Rafael Kozdron
Chiara Baldini and Rafael Kozdron worked on the translation of Chiara’s essay The Politics of Ecstasy into a video work narrating the history of the “Bacchanalia Affair”, the name given to the repression of the Bacchanalia in 186 BCE in ancient Rome. The video consists of sensual and subliminal moving images collected from various video archives’ stock of footage. Sounds merge with a voice-over, inspiring the viewer’s imagination. Rafael Kozdron, *1979, lives and works in Amsterdam. He is part of a research project initiated by Bogomir Doringer, which looks at the phenomena of club culture.