Music Videos and Interviews
RANSOM NOTE (AGNYS – 2016)
THATS DECK (SIBBE – 2015)
RENOISE (SIBBE – 2015)
A CLOSER LISTEN (SIBBE – 2015)
LOWERED INTENTIONS and CLOSING GATE by ARIA ROSTAMI (REFORM – 2017)
“Sometimes music videos don’t need a big budget, they just need an emotion, a concept. A sense of warmth that is easily felt human. I believe music videos are one of the most direct ways to address an audience, much like film, it’s a total encompassing art form.
The new Aria Rostami video is empowering & personal, you understand the sense of who they are and what they wish to stand for in their art. I’ve cried watching this, I’ve laughed, I’ve felt strength.
It’s not so much “amateur” as it is utilizing the medium of the selfie & common Internet expression to create a much larger discussion of what the “self” is. This coupled with notions of Western imposition & patriarchy, assessing gender roles, etc. it speaks on the flowing freedom that we should all have the right to with our own bodies.
Personally, I find this video very powerful and I hope some of you may feel the same. Very proud of Aria and for this forthcoming release on Zoom Lens.” – May Li of ZOOM LENS
INFORMATION AGE by ARIA ROSTAMI (REFORM – 2017)
“The poem reads “When it ends, your life flashes before your eyes, it was different this time, it was 3 minutes from when I was 8. I was at my mother’s friend’s house, she had made candy out of roses, they tasted bitter. I looked to the sky, it was blue, or white, or grey, or red.” It’s a quote from a melodrama, over-the-top film noir I made where I played every character. It was the soliloquy from the moment the detective first saw the femme fatale. It’s also a real memory I have from my own childhood. I didn’t know someone could simply make their own candy and I was surprised that it wasn’t as saccharine sweet as the American candy I was used to. Rose is a common ingredient in Persian desserts.”
DELTA by ARIA ROSTAMI (SIBBE – 2015)
The “Delta” video centers around heavy digital manipulation similar to a TV with a bad satellite signal. The source material comes from Shakila’s “Emshab Dar Sar Shoori Daram” (Tonight I have joy in my mind) music video. I always liked this video in particular because the music and visuals reminded me of David Lynch. Anyone who has watched Iranian satellite TV is familiar with the low budget sets, green screens, computer graphics and in some cases signal scrambles from poor satellite service. Growing up this was one of the primary media sources that informed me of Iranian culture which was, albeit, a minimal view. It wasn’t until I was older and had both interest and access to a wider range of Iranian media that I realized what a small view satellite TV was of the culture. Growing up watching satellite TV I wasn’t an Iranian-American looking at Iran, I was a member of an Iranian Diaspora in America watching material made by other members of the Diaspora. Reexamining this was a part of a larger rediscovery of my parent’s, family’s, and my own world that came with getting older and delving into the information age of internet and computers. On the other side of the fence, satellite TV is illegal in Iran although many Iranians still watch it. The Iranian government will sometimes scramble the satellite signal and create a phenomenon colloquially called “parazit” or parasite. Small Media produced a report called “Satellite Jamming In Iran: A War Over Airwaves” that is available on the PBS website or through an online search if you are interested in further reading. The video can either be viewed as a metaphor for a culture being lost in translation like it was for me or a more literal statement about Government censorship.
“Delta” was originally released on Headphone Commute’s “…And Darkness Came” compilation. All the songs on the compilation were supposed to be somehow related to storms and the proceeds went to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The name of the song came from the movement of the piece… it starts off like a single focused stream and eventually distorts into something much larger. However, the song also feels like a storm hitting so I gave the track to the compilation. “Delta” is the black sheep on the album “Sibbe” as it was recorded years before the rest of the album and fits on the album aesthetically but not conceptually. The album focuses on the global transfer of digital media and communication, America’s cultural melting pot, and voyeurism through technology. By matching the song with the video it contextualizes the piece into the greater theme of the album. “Delta” can represent nature acting on nature through storms or splitting rivers, nature acting on humans through hurricanes, humans acting on nature through the effects of climate change, or humans acting on humans through either censorship or civil disobedience.
SIBBE II by CYRUS YOSHI TABAR (SIBBE – 2015)
NOSFERATUVA by RYAN PAGE (SIBBE – 2015)
DENIZEN by CAITLIN DENNY (DECADES/PETER – 2013)
Produced in coordination with SuPer Art Modern Museum (SPAMM) for the exhibtiion SAFARI.
BLACK TILE by MATTHEW SEVILLA (FORM – 2011)