NO DANCING ALLOWED

MQ Haupthof

MQ Arena 21

Free Entry

In precence of and curated by Bogomir Doringer

 

Presented in collaboration with frei_raum Q21 MuseumsQuartier Wien

The way we dance has always reflected socio-political changes and struggles. Throughout history collective bonds and communities have been created through social and performative dancing and nightlife, from subculture to mainstream, from ballrooms to street parades, festivals, clubs and illegal raves. Dance is vital for the expression of youth, and it has been used in times of crisis to unite people and for healing. Dance is a ritualistic practice that is not forgotten even in the most challenging times. Alongside various social functions, as a shared cultural heritage dance remains a practice of freedom of movement—and a form of protest. Before COVID-19, the socio-political power of dance manifested worldwide, for instance, directed as an expression of the anti-fascist movement, female and LGBTQ + empowerment, or against gentrification.

 


The exhibition NO DANCING ALLOWED focuses on the practices and relations between movement, body and space, especially recently. The investigation follows curator Doringer’s notion of a “Dance of Urgency”, which rises from emotions in times of personal and collective crisis to empower individuals and groups. With deliberate social estrangement, our bodies accumulate boredom, fears, health issues, grief, uncertainty, isolation, loneliness, and collective trauma, while very little cultural activity is provided to assist us in coping. Where does movement happen when it is not allowed? Or, how could recent restrictions have changed the way we move? The program will be presenting films from Ukraine, Indonesia and Africa.

Dedicated to the Youth of the World
UA 2017, 3min,short film, OmeU
Regie: Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei

 

Dedicated to the Youth of the World 2
UA 2019, 9 min, Single-projection video installation, OmeU d
Regie: Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei

 

Kyiv’s Youth Leaving a Grocery Store
UA 2017, 3 min, Single-screen video installation, OmeU
Regie: Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei

 

GMO Video Mixtape
ID 2020, 45min, Video,
Regie: Gabber Modus Operandi & Rimbawan Gerilya


Movement Songs Umlazi
ZA 2018, short film, OF
Regie: KAMVA Collective


Movement Songs Khayelitsha
ZA 2020, short film, OF
Regie: KAMVA Collective

Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei
Collaborating at the edge of visual art and cinema since 2013, Kyiv-based artists and filmmakers, Roman Khimei and Yarema Malashchuk graduated as cinematographers from the Institute of Screen Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine. They were awarded the main award of the PinchukArtCentre Prize (2020), VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize (2021), Best Short Documentary at Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México (2019), as well as the Grand Prix at the Young Ukrainian Artists Award (MUHi 2019). Their debut documentary feature “New Jerusalem” premiered at Docudays UA International Film Festival 2020. The film received the Special Mention Award at Kharkiv MeetDocs and the duo also recently participated in the Future Generation Art Prize 2021, a prestigious international award for artists under 35 years of age.


Gabber Modus Operandi & Rimbawan Gerilya
Expanding on this idea of unity through dance culture is 'GMO Video Mixtape' 2020, a long-distance collaboration between Gabber Modus Operandi & Rimbawan Gerilya. Premiering at the streamed Nyege Nyege in Uganda and CTM Festival in Germany during the lockdown, the work highlights how the pandemic boosted digital art production due to the circumstance of remote collaboration. Resulting in hybridised high-intensity dance music, 'GMO Video Mixtape' culminates in an eclectic vision of utopia: in a future of free energy and production through automated machine labour, they imagine conflict to have given way to joy, backed by a trance-inducing soundtrack influenced by modern rave, punk, metal, experimental noise and traditional Javanese jalithan and Dangdut Koplo. Unable to travel or perform, the work is a testament to the artists’ capability and drive to undergo the rigours of production over distance - creating work so spectacular and dynamic it seems to move our bodies with its own energy.


KAMVA Collective
KAMVA Collective derived from Kamvalethu's “Our Future” in isiXhosa is a cultural production house focusing on outsider art, underground history & alternative African futures. They create thoughtful cultural dialogue through innovative cross-genre work using film, sound, dance, print, theatre, technology and art.
Employing the power of multi-dimensional communication and the possibilities of digital connection as a tool for conscious social and economic change KAMVA is a platform through which to explore a re-imagined world. Founded by impact producer Amílcar Patel and creative director Chris Kets KAMVA effects projects and experiences that act as an intermedium allaying collective memory, popular culture and future technologies - so as to bring about an equal and humane society as we enter the digital revolution.