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Assange Dancing

2012, Video, 16:9, color, 6min 56s « Assange Dancing » was created based on an amateur video shot and posted online by the DJ of Reykjavik nightclub called 'Glaumbar' in 2011. We see activist and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange abandon himself dancing in utter solitude on a nearly deserted dancefloor.

Yet by the force of his network, the man represents a crowd in and of himself. By revisiting the image in a slow-motion loop, «Assange Dancing» endows dance with the aspect of ritual trance: that of a man casting out his demons. 

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«Assange Dancing», 2012, video, 16:9, colour, 6min 56s.
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«Assange Dancing», 2012, video, 16:9, colour, 6min 56s. Exhibition view : «À mains nues, new hanging of the collection», MAC-VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine. Photo : Aurélien Mole.