On an island just outside of Amsterdam you will find Kunstfort, a place where visual art, military heritage and nature come together. On Saturday October 19th they will present the new exhibition Dancing Defence: Space, Ritual, Gesture by Bogomir Doringer.
Can clubbing (as subculture) be observed as a micro-environment – to find out what certain patterns of behaviour on a dance floor are revealing about wider contemporary cultural and socio-political systems? Doringer started in 2014 with filming clubs from a bird’s-eye view to document variations of collective and individual choreographies worldwide. The collected footage initiated an ongoing interdisciplinary research project that is using artistic methods in studying the social phenomenon of clubbing. From this research, the term 'Dance of Urgency' was born: a dance that arises from the emotions that occur in times of personal and collective crisis.
What does one dance for? Dance is here understood as a way of socializing, as nonverbal communication, as an art form, as ritualistic practice. In what way does the dance of people in clubs reflect the social environment and struggles of individuals and crowds? Can dancing as a gesture become an activist strategy? And how can an industrial ruin become a cultural space through the ritual of dancing? Several of the outcomes are on show in the intriguing Fort bij Vijfhuizen, once conceived as ingenious bunker now serving as remote art space. Part of the exhibition will be (the residue of) a music program with DJ’s and programmers who use music as resistance and empowerment.
About the DJs and programmers Rojeh Khleif is an Palestinian DJ who lives in Haifa and Berlin. He is one of the founders of Jazar Crew, the first collective of Palestinian DJs. His music finds its origin in the essence of resistance and show how creativity can contribute to individual and social growth. Polly F is a resident DJ of SPIELRAUM and is an important player in the queer techno club nights with her uplifting and melodic sets. Jetti Steffers & Sjoerd Post are both active in the Rotterdam nightlife for years but they are definitely in their best habitat at the moment being responsible for the music program of Bar Rotterdam, a forward thinking nightclub with a progressive approach to electronic music. And last but not least Tijana T from Belgrade, who will end the evening in her acid techno style with elements of breakbeat, house, electro and rock.
Photo credits: Bogomir Doringer, Kunstfort and Simon Trel
Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen is art, military heritage and nature in one. The monumental Fort bij Vijfhuizen is one of the first concrete buildings in the Netherlands and part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam; a large-scale 19th-century defensive plan that was never completely put into action, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The island is surrounded by distinct examples of Dutch country planning like the 19th century polder landscapes and 20th century suburban “Vinex” housing dis-tricts. Since 2005 the island is a destination for art.