Chiara Baldini / Rafael Kozdron


The Politics of Ecstasy

Video, 2019

Independent scholar Chiara Baldini has long been researching the various practices of the expanding of consciousness in ancient Europe. In particular, she examines how Dionysian rites enabled the development of alternative ideas of gender and class. Together with the video artist Rafael Kozdron, she developed a video work based on her essay The Politics of Ecstasy, tracing the rise of the collective intoxication in the Bacchanalia and its revolutionary and evolutionary significance for society up to the prohibition of these celebrations in ancient Rome in 186 BC. The visual and sonic world of this video draws parallels between Dionysian practices and club culture, between inclusion and expression.

Chiara Baldini, born in 1975, lives in Aljezur, Portugal. Her work was shown at Museumsquartier, Vienna (2019). She has spoken at conferences, such as Italy’s Science and Non Duality (2019), London's Breaking Convention (2013, 2015, 2019), Prague's Beyond Psychedelics (2016). She curates the program of Boom Festival’s cultural area Liminal Village.

Rafael Kozdron, born in 1979, lives and works in Amsterdam. He is part of a research project, initiated by Bogomir Doringer, that addresses the phenomenon of club culture. His short film I Dance Alone won the prize for the best experimental film at Martovski Festival in Belgrade 2018.