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Telepresence ceremonial performance  | The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Xcept Studio in Tehran | December 21, 2018

“My ancestors talk to me. Her ancestors talk to her. Her ancestors now talk to me too and my ancestors now talk to her too. Hers sprang blue and go by Majorelle. Mine see light, gold. They gave their white eyes to me. They call me The Scream of a Paisley. We drink Cow Tongue Flower Tea.”
The two-channel telepresence event celebrated distant calls from within and without. Audiences in Detroit and Tehran danced together and witnessed a series of real-time telepresence musical performances as a part of the REMOooOTE Telepresence Festival produced by Poetic Societies. The event marked the begginning of an ongoing collaboration between Ava Ansari and Salakastar, a resident of Poetic Societies.


Over Suspense
Telepresence performance party | Sidewalk Festival in Detroit, Analog Room in Dubai | 2017
Can we heal immigrational traumas by recreating familiar celebratory environments? I invited my sound engineer/DJ siblings, one in Dubai one in Detroit, to each play a DJ set for the public in their city and listen to each other’s set as it blasts the room and its distant audience. There was an eight-second delay for the sound on each end. The delay was visible in the beginning and less noticeable as we continued dancing. They worked out the delay through the sounds they picked and the ways they mixed. This was the first time they played together after one moved to the US in 2015. They used to play publically and produce events weekly at the Analog Room, their party in Dubai before one moved. Produced by Poetic Societies as a part of the REMOooOTE Telepresence Festival.

[] the line 
Founding curator, Edition one was co-produced with the Hinterlands | Play House, Detroit + Pejman Foundation, Tehran | September 13-October 11 (Edition 1), 2017-Present
The five-week online workshop focused on performance and new media with parallel physical rehearsals, dialogue, and hands-on research between Detroit and Tehran for artists who are eager to connect across physical, geographical, cultural and artistic boundaries. The telepresence workshop was consisted of discursive and rehearsal sessions and provided space for 25 artists to collaborate in Detroit and Tehran.

Poetic Societies
Founding director | Global | September 6, 2017-Present
The 501 (c) (3) nonprofit is a multipresence and multimedia Curatorial Agency and Performance Lab for POC, LGBTQQAI, and NCG. It produces culturally sensitive, cutting-edge social and performing arts entrepreneurship projects that cultivate empathy among distant communities resulting in celebratory cross-cultural memories. The platform explores poetic living to respond to the social, political, economic, and environmental pressing issues of our time. Poetic Societies advances the development of an international art curatorial infrastructure in its mother-hub Detroit by supporting artists and musicians with strong ties to the city to actualize their experimental projects in global contexts.


Open Relationship
Co-curator with Molly Kleiman (The Back Room) | Recess, NYC | November 1, 2014
The public panel discussion acted as a coda for Spatial-Making-Do, an eight-week, three-channel telepresence workshop produced by The Back Room in collaboration with CultureHub Project of LaMaMa Theater with artists, art organizers, and scholars in Detroit, New York, Isfahan, and Tehran.

Co-curator with Molly Kleiman (The Back Room) | CultureHub at LaMaMa Theater, NYC + Sazmanab, Tehran + Mani Studio, Isfahan | May 2-June 12, 2014
The eight-week long three-channel telepresence workshop was produced in collaboration with the CultureHubproject of LaMama Theater and connected 45 artists, curators, and organizers in Isfahan, New York, and Tehran. The program received the “Building Bridges” Grant of the Doris Duke Foundation in 2013.


Compose, Composite, Composition
Co-curator with Molly Kleiman (The Back Room) | Culture Hub, NYC + Sazmanab Platform for Contemporary Arts, Tehran + Hozeh Honari, Mashhad | October 2, 2012
The telepresence public discussion provided an opportunity for artists and curators in Isfahan, Mashhad, and Tehran to have a direct conversation with Shirana Shahbazi after an hour lecture presented by the artist. The event was held in conjunction with the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, "New Photography 2012" the presented a sectional body of work by Shahbazi.

OshinAva (My Marriage in Japanese)
Artist | New York and Japan | 2012
The subversive performance was situated in the Japanese reality TV show “Shittoko you should know!“ by MBC and was broadcasted live in Japan in 2012. TV  judges tasted the food that was made based on Ava’s recipes at the TV station. The two-channel video is a commentary on “Oshin,” the hero of a Japanese soap opera with the same title that was censored, partially re-narrated, dubbed, and nationally broadcast in Iran in the 80s. “Oshin” was widely celebrated as an ideal hardworking obedient wife in Iran. 

A Call
Co-curator with Molly Kleiman | White Box, NYC + Aaran Gallery, Tehran
September 23, 2011 | Documentation on view through October 10, 2011
The two-channel large scale performance was the first independent memorial ever dedicated to the dead, the living, and the forgotten of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)  created in collaboration with Wafaa Bilal and produced by The Back Room with  Aaran Gallery and Sazmanab in Tehran.


Siting Performance
Co-curator with Molly Kleiman | Eyebeam, NYC + Silk Road Gallery, Tehran | April 16, 17, 2011
The two-channel two-day telepresence workshop with Richard Schechner and Bavand Behpoor connected 40 artists in Tehran and New York for discourse on ritual, dark play, and site and ended with proposals for site-specific interventions. The program was hosted by Silk Road Gallery in Tehran and Eyebeam in New York.

The Back Room
Co-founder and director with Molly Kleiman | Iran and the US | 2010-14
The pedagogical and curatorial project provided space for direct discussion and collaboration between artists, curators, and writers in Iran and the US.