If I Can't Dance It's Not My Revolution

February 13, 2019 - May 7, 2019
1st floor
       Arts Foundation / Projects


If I Can't Dance It’s Not My Revolution: A collection of moving pictures.

Presented sequentially in A4's video room over a 3 month period, the films are an associative response to the provocation by the political activist and writer Emma Goldman (1869-1940): ‘If I can’t dance it’s not my revolution’.

The films witness forms, dance, movement and dialogue. The selection is a query into the multifarious ways in which art and activism intersect.

13-02 / 13-03
Rashaad Newsome
Shade Compositions SFMOMA, 2012 (27m)

Rashaad Newsome blends several practices together. Collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance create an altogether new field at Newsome’s 2012 performance of Shade Compositions at SFMOMA. Shade Compositions is a live performance featuring a chorus of more than 25 people. During the performance, Newsome acts as the Conductor simultaneously recording, looping, editing and remixing in real-time the audio and video documentation of the performers using a hacked Nintendo® Wii™ game controller. The resulting layers of real and projected imagery investigate assumptions and constructions of identity in mainstream media and popular culture.

14-03  / 10-04
Clement Cogitore 
Les Indes Galantes, 2018

Les Indes Galantes (The Amorous Indians), is an Opéra-ballet created by Jean Philippe Rameau in 1735. The inspiration was a dance by First Nations' of Louisiana performed by Metchigaema Chiefs in Paris in 1723. Clement Cogitore’s piece sees Krump dancers moving to Rameau’s music. Krump developed in Los Angeles in the 1980's. Performed for camera, the work is shown as a projection in a video booth.

11-04  / 08-05
Broomberg & Chanarin
Rudiments, 2015  

Rudiments weaves footage of army cadets at a military camp on the outskirts of Liverpool with that of a Bouffon (Hannah Ringham) – a dark clown. The result is a dynamic tension between strict military codes and an absurd vulgarity. The film ruminates on the presence of authority in the formative moments of childhood and early youth, and is propelled by an improvised score devised for the drums by the American musician Kid Millions.


Nisha von Carnap

Rashaad Newsome
Shade Compositions SFMOMA, 2012
Courtesy of Rashaad Newsome / De Buck Gallery, New York

Clément Cogitore
Les Indes Galantes, 2018
Courtesy of Clément Cogitore / Eva Hober gallery (FR)

Broomberg & Chanarin
Rudiments, 2015
Courtesy of Broomberg & Chanarin / Goodman Gallery, Johennesburg