"Brevity is the soul of wit" - Hamlet
"Technology is a trickster and it has been so since the first culture hero taught the human tribe how to spin wool before he pulled it over our eyes..."
- Erik Davis, TechGnosis
"Life is the sum of all your choices" - Albert Camus
"Like children we spill the salt, and then we spill it again" - Rumi
"Anything born in spring, dies in fall. Love is not seasonal, from crushed grapes expect a hangover" - Rumi
"Tell me the company you keep and I’ll tell you who you are" - Cervantes
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, you have to go with someone” - African proverb
"When you hear hoof beats think of horses, not zebras. Unless you're in Kenya, then think of zebras" - Dr. Theodore Woodward
"Brevity is the soul of wit" - Shakespeare (from Hamlet)
I will take to the grave only the sorrow of an unfinished song" -Nazim Hikmet
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"SHUT HIM DOWN: THE RISE OF JORDAN PETERSON"
feature-length documentary, 2018-19
Co-Producer, Field Director, Graphics Supervisor
(released in Canada in 2019, international release will be in 2019, licensed by CBC)
Lauded as the most influential thinker of the Western world, psychology professor Jordan Peterson has become a polarizing paradox. After sparking both outrage and support for his stand against Canadian human rights legislation in late 2016, Peterson quickly transformed into a famous public intellectual and internationally best-selling author. SHUT HIM DOWN offers an intimate look into the controversy that started over alternate gender pronouns and left us with two stories about Peterson: Is he a heroic cultural warrior who pushes boundaries and transforms people’s lives for the better? Or is he a bigoted peddler of regressive ideas that cause harm? More info here.
“THE REFUGEE'S SON”
short-length documentary, 2019
(in production, funded by the Canadian Arts Council)
Logline: An Iranian refugee flies in to Toronto to witness his son’s (filmmaker) community installation for an all-night arts festival in Toronto. The process is a reminder of their shared history, but it surfaces frustrations rooted in their inadvertent yet sharply contrasted cultural differences.
"LIGHT, FORM & THE STAGE"
Series of projection mapping workshops geared for live theatre,
LIFT, Dec 2018
Rhubarb Festival, Jan & Feb 2019
feature film, 2020
(in development, funding pending)
Logline: reality and the virtual blur as an artist prepares to meet an unexpected guest at the most ambitious installation of his career yet.
Premise: one must be weary when gazing into the abyss for slowly but surely it can overtake your entire life transforming you to that which you've most feared.
Synopsis: Magi is a world-renowned artist and tech genius that has always felt disconnected from society with little interest in people around him. except for the artwork - that is until he hears that his estranged mother will be attending his upcoming installation...Tormented by reality-distorting hallucinations enhanced by cybernetic implants, Magi is set on the path to self-destruction when reality is blurred with his virtual creations. His personal assistant, Sana is the only one that he truly cares for, but she too is pushed away. On the road to redemption, interrogated by his dark past, Magi must be cautious when gazing into the abyss for slowly it can overtake his entire life, transforming him to that which he's most feared.
"SABEH ESGHE (Night of Love)"
live multimedia performance, 40th Rhubarb Festival (Feb 2019)
Performance for Rhubarb Festival of remixed Iranian folk-songs featuring a gown used as a projection-
surface for graphics that react to the vocalist's voice in real-time.
Produce and direct a live performance of traditional Iranian folk songs blended with contemporary, electronic elements such as sci-fi soundscapes, glitch-tunes and keyboard riffs. A main artistic feature of this music show is the innovative incorporation of a giant 10-feet tall white gown worn by the lead singer that serves as the projection surface for sound responsive generative graphics that react to the singer's voice in real-time.
This project asks: How do West Asians imagine their past in the future? How are our traditions, rituals and culture disseminated 100-150 years from now? In a world where technologies such as reactive light and ""smart materials"" embedded into clothing are commonplace. I think the artistic possibilities here are endless, and Sabeh Esghe is my first attempt that discovering the answer.