Dedicated to youth around the world II

6 April 2021

Dedicated to youth around the world II, video, 8’ 50’’, 2019

The focus of the film is the techno-rave Схемa and the youth, on which the camera is carefully focused the next morning after the event. The space of Dovzhenko’s movie studio is transformed into a dance floor, a synchronized crowd, spotlights, arrhythmic synthetic sound by Stanislav Tolkachev — the camera moves away and approaches, creating a sense of romantic “exaltation” and at the same time a modern “alienation”. This is the place and meeting that the youth of Kyiv are waiting for and preparing for — this particular escape from everyday life, rejection of it — evokes strange feelings of modern ritual. But what does it mean? The film ends with “portraits”, almost static shots, faces “after” utopia. Heroes and heroines are not ready to accept the new day and its old reality.

Yarema Malashchuk (b. 1993) and Roman Himey (b. 1992) work on the edge of visual art and cinema as artists, film directors, and cinematographers. In their work, they explore the image of the crowd, as a separate character in history and culture. Both studied at the The Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. The art projects by Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Himey have participated in the exhibitions in Ukraine, Austria, Germany, Canada, and Italy.

 

Photo from the MUHi 2019 exhibition

Photo by Volodymyr Denysenkov