Kaya Behkalam is a visual artist and film maker, living in Berlin and Cairo. He obtained an MFA in Media Art and a BA in Visual Communications at the University of Arts Berlin; currently .he is a PhD Candidate in Artistic Research at the Bauhaus University Weimar/Germany. His video-, installation- and text-based works explore the entanglements of historiography, image and media politics, as in his current long term research project SEEING HISTORY, which explores archival practices and changing medialities of the historical in the context of post-revolutionary Cairo
Azin Feizabadi, visual artist and film maker, born in 1982 in Tehran, Iran, lives and works in Berlin. Since 2009, Feizabadi has been working on a long-term framework titled ‘A Collective Memory’. Within this project he directed and produced his feature-film CRYPTOMNESIA Premiered in 2014 at RWE Kino Museum Ostwall Dortmund and short films CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS, Premiered in 2012 at Berlinale – Forum, and THE NEGOTIATION (Premiered in 2010 at HKW Berlin).
Artistic project : The Negociation
A diverse group of actors come together on a film set analogous to the architecture of UN Security Council - a round table. The script: an unnamed visual/textual three-act drama on an undefined revolutionary situation. Within the working process: directing, reading, rehearsal and embodiment - in which the actors interpret their real and scripted characters - the borders between fictional and factual histories, individual and collective desires, projections and biographical backgrounds become more and more blurry. Only commented from afar by an authoritarian narrator, the actors discuss, improvise and negotiate between language and the necessity for action.
Audioguide : listen to the artist’s reflexion on the theme « Play and Distraction »
© Kaya Behkalam & Azin Feizabadi