EDIT MYSTIKA – VIDEO FOREVER 34
*ARTY DANCING*, November 1st
EDIT MYSTIKA, DB Studios, HaAmal st 6, 2nd floor, Tel Aviv
With Janet Biggs, Sean Capone, Gilles Delmas, Gary Hill, Ali Kazma, Elena Kovylina, Clare Langan, Melanie Manchot, Erwin Olaf, Arnold Pasquier, Kathi Prosser, Joanna Malinowska, Julien Serve & Lee Yanor
Curated by Barbara Polla and Paul Ardenne
The 34th screening of VIDEO FOREVER on the theme of ARTY DANCING explores this very space of freedom, a space that becomes a playground and a laboratory, a space where thought itself becomes movement. At best, video images embody emotion. They generate and hold the gaze and memory. A gaze that takes its time, a memory that preserves it, a body that returns. Rather than an exploration of dance itself, VIDEO FOREVER ARTY DANCING focuses on how video artists treat the movement, the body in movement. Dance is distinguished from the way one generally comprehends it, most often coming from outside the world of professional dancers and choreographers… It is inside our bodies, even in our slightest movements, nearly invisible, like that of our hands dancing on the keyboard; it is in the dance of dressing in the early morning, of stripping when evening comes and of an erotic dance in the afternoon; it is in our urban displacements, which we hesitate to refer to as choreographed; it is in our rounds, our heft, our attempts at elevation; it is the underpinnings of joy, it is uncertainty, doubt, fantasy, candour. It is an immense imaginary field, a potential for gesture opened up by the paths that cross our inner world. It is a full-bodied laugh.
There is, in video art as in dancing, a possibility of bliss.
The importance of dance in human life is a global one. Considered as a sensitive movement, dance is an expression of the feeling. As an intelligible movement, dance is the expression of the thought. Dance “moves” and dance “thinks”. Even so-called « trance » dances are based on the consideration that dance is mentally structured: one moves one’s body until exhaustion not to reach the state of extreme tiredness but to reach something that goes beyond the body: our belonging to the vast movement of life, our presence in the cosmos.
Dance is one of the oldest means of communication for human beings whether among themselves or with their gods when they believe in gods. Communication is fundamental to dance: dance is a language, a body language, an esthetic language, a symbolic language. This language is a form of power, like all forms of communication: we dance to exist, to show that we exist, to argue that we exist for some specific reason. Salome dances to see the head of a man cut off, the whirling dervish dances to join the favors of God, the go-go dancer dances to raise sexual pressure.
Art has always been interested in dance. Some dances are reproduced in the ancient tombs of ancient Egypt and on the Greek red figures’ vases of the century of Pericles. Power has always been interested in dance as well: the practice of ballet was created to regulate it, to provide rules of decency to trance and sometimes even to ban it. Charleston for example was banned by the papacy at the beginning of the 20th century!
Nowadays, visual artists and especially video artists often evoke dance in their practice. In this 34th VIDEO FOREVER screening *ARTY DANCING *, artists present the body in movement with a particular background which is essential here, each artist unfolding her or his specific strategy. The purpose of showing dance is not only to exalt the movement of the body, to free or to constrain it. *ARTY DANCING * also proposes an essential reflection on the powers of the body and its strategies of existence, between affirmation of self and doubt about identity.
Thanks to In Situ Gallery, Magda Danysz Gallery, Lee Yanor, Edit Mystika, the Swiss Embassy & the French Institute of Israël.