This project examines the weaponization of culture as a tool for regime change through the deconstruction and re-interpretation of western-influenced Iranian pop music videos. These videos were filmed in LA-based studios in the late 90s and early 2000s by members of the post-Islamic Revolution’s cultural diaspora and broadcast back to Iran illegally via satellite TV, as well as circulated via an underground bootleg VHS market.
The project includes a video collage with a live score, a live music video performance, and the creation of a music video for the song “Moist Towelette”.
Polygon Gallery, March 2023
The Lido WARM Artist Residency, September 2019
Documentation from performance at the Polygon, March 2023
Photos by Michael Mann
Telstar-12 video collage + live score (recorded at the Lido Sept 8, 2019)
Clip from performance of live scoring of Telstar-12
“Doctor” performed at the music video filming, September 15, 2019
“Moist Towelette” music video
Clip from final performance, September 22, 2019