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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition

CRITICAL MASS: PURE IMMANENCE

Directed by: 
ANNE DE VRIES
11'
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 20:30
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 15:00
Written by: 
Anne de Vries
Cinematography: 
Anne de Vries and Q-Dance
Editing: 
Anne de Vries and Q-Dance
Sound: 
Anne de Vries
Music: 
Phill Niblock, Thomas Ankersmit, Pye Corner Audio, The Incredible String Band, Nils Frahm, Aqua Dome and others
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

What lies between that euphoric before-and-after of the collective ritual of the dance floor drop? Anne de Vries looks for the answer, in a high-octane visual and cerebral assault that brings academia to the dancefloor in an exquisitely fitting pairing of Deleuzian theory and hard-trance. Using CGI and cut-up footage of the lavish spectacle that are electronic dance music (EDM) festivals, Anne de Vries overlaps disembodied (organic and artificial) narrations reciting dictums inspired from Gilles Deleuze’s work. Preaching for the recognition of the amorphous unification of crowds as a collective experience of the sublime, Critical Mass: Pure Immanence becomes a rallying call for dancefloor transcendence, a Deleuzian take on rave-culture’s mantra of Peace, Love, Unity, Respect (P.L.U.R.). (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF 2017)
Director: 
Anne de Vries grew up in a time in which the Internet, Photoshop, Tumblr and mobile upload feeds came to seem entirely natural. He embraces the fluid, dynamic world that exists in the computer and the new world facilitated by it, deploying photography as an important part of a far broader artistic practice in which a diversity of materials, techniques and methods are brought together. De Vries’ visual language is strongly influenced by corporate branding, commercial visual merchandising and stock photography. Anne de Vries has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, including the Mambo Museum, Bologna, The Moving Museum, Istanbul and Foam. His work is included in several private and corporate collections, as well as those of Rhizome, New York, Museum Winterthur, Switzerland and Foam. De Vries was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten from 2011–2012. He studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York. Anne de Vries is represented by Galerie Martin van Zomeren in Amsterdam.

Contact: 
annedevr[at]gmail[dot]com
Festivals, awards: 
Berlin Biennale 2016
Curatorial comment:
The recent video Critical Mass: Pure Immanence is inspired by the last essay by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze: Life: Pure Immanence (1995), a text that articulates the ultimate integration between all elements and oppositions, presented within the form and limitations of dance music. It resonates with the recurring sentiment in electronic dance music that calls for unity, for altered states of consciousness and experience beyond society’s divisions. Motivational speaking has become an important element in the relatively recent genre of Electronic Dance Music, Hardstyle. It is part of a mostly Dutch phenomenon that represents the next step in dance events, creating whole environments which are, according to Anne de Vries, celebrations of the artificial and synthetic in sound and visuals. (Art Agenda)