‘The Final Night in Paradise’ (2017), Amar Ediriwira

#2 Dance – Amar Ediriwira

Amar Ediriwira shares his work and wider practice for our Instagram Takeover as part of #2 Dance.

Amar Ediriwira is a London-based creative director. His primary project is Boiler Room’s 4:3 which launched in 2018 with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jenn Nkiru, Peaches and Elijah Wood as founding curators. The platform exists as both an online video platform and an experimental event series that has collaborated with a mix of galleries and festivals including Palais De Tokyo, Gavin Brown Enterprises, and South Bank Centre. Amar’s work through 4:3 and elsewhere draws links between club culture and cinema to explore themes of performance, identity, and anti-establishment through archive, animation and filmmaking. His work seeks to hold mirrors up to Internet culture whilst simultaneously being committed to IRL experimentation and physical presentation. Amar’s own video pieces have shown at V&A and Nottingham Contemporary. He has given talks for Tate, National Portrait Gallery, ICA, SXSW, British Council, Sheffield Doc Festival & CPH:DOX.

 

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@amarediriwira: a still from ‘The Final Night In Paradise’, a split-screen video installation I made that uses tapes from the mythic Paradise Garage closing party in 1987, resoundtracked by DJ Harvey. No cameras were allowed at the Garage yet the piece features never-before-seen original footage of the legendary NYC night club, a rare visual document of clubbing’s zenith. Included are shots of cultural icon Keith Haring`s Pop Art murals and footage of Haring himself dancing during the closing weekend; as well as the maestro Levan spinning to his devoted crowd, and guest performances from diva singers Gwen Guthrie and Liz Torres and a young ESG. #photoworks_uk #amarediriwira #instagramtakeover #photography

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👋 this is @amarediriwira and I’m taking over the Photoworks IG this week. I’m a London-based creative director, whose primary project is Boiler Room’s 4:3 (@fourthree.boilerroom.tv) which launched 1 year ago with Ryuichi Sakamoto (@skmtgram), Jenn Nkiru (@jennnkiru), Peaches (@peachesnisker) and Elijah Wood as founding curators. The platform exists as both an online video hub and an experimental event series that collaborates with a mix of galleries and festivals. My work through 4:3 and elsewhere draws links between club culture, filmmaking, and visual art. Above is a photo taken from 4:3’s collaboration with @dis in NYC last month – together we staged a Club/Cinema hybrid with ‘edutainment’ art films playing all night in one room and DJ sets in the other. This photo really captures the energy of that night. #photoworks_uk #amarediriwira #instagramtakeover #photography

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