dir. Wu Tsang, US, 2012, video, 74 mins, color
Co-presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the exhibition First Among Equals.
Director Wu Tsang in person.
Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, Wildness is a documentary portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in the MacArthur Park neighborhood that has been home for Latin LBGT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character. When a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party (called Wildness), organized by director Wu Tsang and DJs NGUZUNGUZU & Total Freedom it explodes into creativity and conflict. What does “safe space” mean, and who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations.
Wildness first premiered at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and has screened as an official selection at the SXSW Film Festival and as part of the 2012 Whitney Biennial.