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What will your body be, and how will it behave in a virtual future? Cthuluscene explores the transformative nature of the digital to discover different notions of gender, physicality, and the post-human. Through animation, motion capture, and dance, new physical forms expand the idea of the human body and dance performance. This work draws on the ideas of diverse bodies, and the post-human through the image of the Cthuluscene. The Cthuluscene is a post-human body caught between times, living both in the past and the future. Just like its Sci-Fi namesake, the Cthulhu, the Chthuluscene is a mixed assemblage and cyborg conglomeration of parts drawn from a range of human, animal, and technical elements.
Take a sly-octane wheelchair ride with Bruno Booth and PICA (tag us) in Dead Ends and Detours, an interactive outdoor installation meets obstacle course. Using a wheelchair, race against the clock and the system in a game of will.
WA friends, this ones for you!
You’re invited to experience Kickstart artist Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson’s work Anvár. Two years in the making, this immersive film-poem, explores the spiritual literature of Baháʼu’lláh, called the Seven Valleys and Four Valleys.
The creative development of Anvár is supported by Next Wave Kickstart 2022, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
In this conversation the artists will discuss the transformative nature of the digital and the position of a body in the future and how this informs the making of their works. This talk is presented as part of FRAME: a biennial of dance 2023 followed by informal drinks at the Brunswick Mechanics.
Fri Mar 24
7pm — 9pm
📍 Yagan Square, Boorloo | Perth
Anvár, is an immersive film-poem, exploring the spiritual literature of Baháʼu’lláh, called the Seven Valleys and Four Valleys. The poetic epic explores the first Valley; the Valley of Search, uncovering the nuance to patience, the act and vigour of search - “One must judge of search by the standard of the Majnún of Love. It is related that one day they came upon Majnún sifting the dust, and his tears flowing down. They said, “What doest thou?” He said, “I seek for Laylí.” They cried, “Alas for thee! Laylí is of pure spirit, and thou seekest her in the dust!” He said, “I seek her everywhere; haply somewhere I shall find her.” Merging traditional persian miniature, realism in portraiture and the moving image, Anvár offers a meditative experience that transcends beyond the barriers of identity through intergenerational creativity and search.
Led by Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson and artistic directorate of WA Daley Rangi, in collaboration with Khashayar Salmanzadeh, Asha Kiani, Ashkaan Hadi, Raneen Kousari, Araan Kousari, Ryan Zare, Ramona Zare, Linda Razi, Hilary Abadi and Trisha Soni, a team of creatives and community, the collective underwent an intensive series of workshops, navigating the communal and creative threads of the first Valley through creative art therapy practise facilitated by Cara Phillips and an Artist Talk led by Angie Hiscock. Anvár aims to uplift intergenerational voices and spiritual storytelling in Boorloo/Perth. Anvár, meaning ‘ray of light’ in the farsi language, is about understanding spirit and its connection to our heritage, place and identity as first and second-generation Iranian Australians in Boorloo.
Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson is an award-winning Iranian-Australian Bahá’í video artist, researcher and director, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her research navigates inherited stories and post-memory felt by her displaced community following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Through the poetics of the moving image, she invites viewers to become the ‘witness’ rather than the ‘passive bystander’, inviting a critical discussion surrounding empathy, trust, custodianship, compassion, and social change. Her practise values align to empower the voices of women within her art making. Working in community arts and collaborative social practice, she examines empathy in film-poems, uncovering ways to build identity in first and second generation Iranian- Australians and the Bahá’í community, to close the gaps in finding the universal threads of cultural, social, gender and spirituality that unite us all.
The creative development of Anvár is supported by Next Wave Kickstart 2021, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.