THE FUTURE STATE #04
Thu 26 Jul 2018 / 7.30pm - 9.30pm
THE FUTURE STATE #04 will continue the discussion on the future of The Islamic Republic of Iran. The fourth event in a series of roundtables is part of artist Anahita Razmi’s Goethe at LUX residency project THE FUTURE STATE, is conceived in collaboration with artist Arash Fayez.
Its format is inspired by a quote from Herodotus’ „The Histories“, book 1, chapter 133, which states: „If an important decision is to be made, they [the Persians] discuss the question when they are drunk […]“. Referencing this observation, THE FUTURE STATE #04, will be an open roundtable that anyone can join under the condition that they get drunk and participate in the discussion.
The evening will start off with vodka shots and a 16mm screening of Stan Brakhage Persian Series #6-12, that might serve as a loose basis for the following discussion.
Drinks will be provided. As seats are limited, please book in advance and only do so if you are prepared to have some alcohol and to actively join the conversation!
Anahita Razmi has combined recordings of the roundtables so far with a new visual time-based work for her exhibition THE FUTURE STATE: a preliminary, presented at LUX from 13 July to 4 August.
Anahita Razmi is a Berlin-based artist whose work revolves around cultural transfers and translocations. Working mainly with video, installation, new media and performance, Razmi’s work examines processes of cultural appropriation in which the meanings of existing images, artefacts and thus identities are altered by situating them in another temporal context. In doing so, she often reflects strategies of disarrangement and structures of perception expressed by the mass media of consumer and pop culture against the background of different communities between the West and the Middle East. The Islamic Republic of Iran, with its current political and social conditions and relations, remains an open, ambivalent point of reference.