isthmus Live | Arriving Elsewhere

15 November 2020 1pm

Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko will conclude their isthmus collaborative research commission with a live online presentation on Sunday 15 November. This event gives space to an ongoing 11-person collaboration under the name Arriving Elsewhere, exploring the possibilities of shared experience while contending with the digital spaces that simulate proximity. For the month leading up to the event, the artists will share a constellation of images, texts, and videos through Mercer Union’s online platforms, a flow for thinking out-loud in the gaps between group intimacy and public presentation.

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Arriving Elsewhere was first hosted in April 2019 by Spring Sessions, an experimental learning program and residency based in Amman, Jordan. www.springsessions.org

Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko have worked in collaboration since 2013. Their shared practice explores the tension of multiple subjectivities as a strategy to address the power inherent in narrative structures. Foregrounding the idea of place as a central focus, their work seeks to both decode their surroundings and trouble the production of images through speculative narration and dialectical imagery. Shifting between both gallery and cinema contexts, recent projects have been presented at Viennale, Punto De Vista International Documentary Festival, New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and others internationally. www.p-f-r.com

isthmus is a connection; a site forged between places. This collaborative research commission invites artists whose thinking and work are bolstered by peer exchange and participatory forms of knowledge assembly. Presented on the Mercer Union website and using Miro, commissioned projects bridge geographies and temporalities between artists, their collaborators and publics; gathering a multiplicity of voices and artefacts while architecting new connections through virtual workshops, tours, screenings and live conversation.

Follow the first commission season as it develops on isthmus | Summer 2020.