Performance Matters, 2013, DVD, 67 mins
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Party for Freedom explores the potentials and dilemmas of liberation in a culture at odds with itself, drawing upon histories of experimental performance, theatre and film, satire, biopolitics and popular media.
Party for Freedom looks at freedom as a deeply conflicted and contradictory entity, by responding to the freedom rhetoric of the far-right, whilst reflecting upon the historical baggage of the left-wing and ethos of the cultural avant-garde through whitish nakedness, unresolved revolutions and indigenous appropriations of spirituality.
The Party for Freedom DVD has been created as a representation and collation of the Party for Freedom project through documentation of immersive live events, live music concerts, live performances and a large-scale three-screen video installation.
“Party for Freedom achieved an immense and difficult task as an iconoclastic project. There is no mould yet for these ideas! Spectacular!”
Cherry Smyth, writer
Oreet Ashery is a London-based artist, working across mediums in performance, still and moving image, objects and writing. She works mainly in the context of post-identity and minority discourses, and continuously explores the political and participatory nature of events, situations and public platforms.
Contains booklet with the essay Unfinished Revolution: Oreet Ashery’s Party for Freedom by TJ Demos.
Commissioned by Performance Matters, and supported by Artangel, Art Council England and the Kone Foundation. DVD design by Marit Muenzberg.
Watch the trailer below.
Part of the Crossovers series of artists’ films, documentaries and dialogues reflecting the potential of marginal artforms and intense ideas within popular media.