Integration is a documentary that follows the development of violent resistance during the protests at Maidan in Kiev. The video focuses on the relations between violence and politics, and the performative dimension insurgency. This film looks at the margins of public manifestations of the protest movement to examine its uncanny underside. The narrative of the video starts at the celebration ceremony of Orthodox Christmas in early January 2014, follows through the violent conflicts in the streets of Kiev in late January and February, and ends at a post-revolutionary Maidan that became the sign of a deeply traumatised and militarised society of Ukraine.
Oleksiy Radynski is a filmmaker and writer based in Kiev. He is a member of Visual Culture Research Centre, an initiative for art, knowledge, and politics founded in Kiev in 2008. Since 2011, he has been an editor of Ukrainian edition of Political Critique magazine. His texts had recently been published in Soviet Modernism 1955-1991: Unknown Stories (2012), Post-Post-Soviet?: Art, Politics, and Society in Russia at the Turn of Decade (2013); Sweet Sixties: Spirits and Spectres of a Parallel Avant-Garde (2014). His latest films include Incident In The Museum (2013), Ukraine Goes To War (with Tomas Rafa, 2014), and Integration (2014).