Ina Wudtke’s video Swing Lesson refers to US American artist Adrian Piper’s Funk Lessons from 1983. Berlin artist Ina Wudtke invited Belgian dancer Sophie Monheim to create a lindy hop choreography for her electronic swing song “The Fine Art of Living”, the title song on her eponymous LP. In “The Fine Art of Living”, Wudtke sings about gentrification in Berlin-Mitte. At a regular swing night at Clärchens Ballhaus, one of the most famous ballrooms and restaurants in Berlin’s central neighbourhood, Monheim taught the choreography to the many guests. Swing becomes a tool for a collective action against gentrification.
Swing Lesson, Ina Wudtke, DE 2013, 9 min