Raving Riot

Raving Riot

5-15.11.2020


Raving Riot, dir. Stepan Polivanov, Russia, Georgia 2019 / 62’
subtitles: Polish and English
The police raided two Tbilisi clubs—Cafe Gallery and Bassiani—in May 2018 as part of a drug enforcement operation. Dozens of people were detained, and a two-day protest rave began in front of the former parliament building—an iconic location for Georgia’s tradition of protest—under the slogan “We dance together, we fight together,” which ended with the government’s promise to liberalize drug laws. In Polivanov’s documentary, shot in the spirit of a coming-of-agefilm, young people—for whom techno is a part of life, and opposition, a natural reaction to the incursion of power into their independent space—realize they have the political power to effect change. In Raving Riot,Polivanov manages to capture the youthful energy of “revolution,” the communal nature of dance and rebellion, as well as the need for agency. The film’s protagonists demand the right to the night: “The day is theirs; the night is ours.”
The film is part of the exhibition Three’s a Crowd at the BWA Wrocław Główny (November 20, 2020 – January 24, 2021), which is an accompanying event at this year’s New Horizons.
(Anka Herbut)
Stepan Polivanov is a 26-year-old film director and artist living in Moscow. In 2016, together with Roman Naveskin, he directed the medium-length film Flipside, which explores the world of vinyl records in Russia. Raving Riot is his feature-length debut.
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THREE’S A CROW
main exhibition of OUT OF STH VI: Space Absorbency
This year’s edition of the International Biennale of Urban Art OUT OF STH in Wrocław will cover areas ranging from Hong Kong to Slavic vixa parties. It will look at modern-day streets and dance floors, examining how bodies form temporary communities through physical presence in public space, how they transform the old reality and create new conditions.
The THREE’S A CROWD exhibition will feature self-choreographing protests, improvised social dances and grassroots forms of kinaesthetic organization of bodies in urban fabric. From Georgia’s rave revolution in 2018, through the political dimension of rave culture and queer aspects of clubbing, to the mechanisms of building social solidarity in the conditions of forced physical isolation and practising pleasure in a crisis situation. At the same time, we will have a look at artists whose work has an activist dimension or has become a training ground for social and political struggle.
The title itself – THREE’S A CROWD – refers to the dynamics of forming assemblies or demonstrations and the biopolitics of states of emergency, as well as the history of club culture, familiar with cases of criminalizing the rhythmic movements of a minimum of three persons to the music based on repetitive beats. But THREE’S A CROWD also thematises the process of collective conception of the exhibition itself, and horizontal conditions of work in a three-person curatorial team.

Curators: Michał Grzegorzek, Anka Herbut, Gregor Różański

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