Tehran Contemporary Sounds was launched in 2018, through the organization of “Gate of Tehran – Days of Experimental Sounds” festival as a Berlin-based hub, for musicians, artists and collectives living abroad as well as in Iran, with the aim to bring together the different voices and forces of the big spectrum of the Iranian contemporary art and music scene, widely spread across the globe. TCS will be dedicated to, creating a platform for showcasing the unique talents of the Iranian artists and musicians; creating a cross-border collaboration hub; facilitating a non-political, purely artistic and interdisciplinary dialogue; This year, Tehran Contemporary Sounds Festival, in collaboration with Nullsight collective and Zabte Sote label, is bringing together some of the most important talents of the contemporary Iranian electronic/experimental sound artists and musicians, and digital and new media artists. In the three days of the festival we’ll have a special showcase of the Zabte Sote artists. An exhibition run by Nullsight collective and a daily number of 6 audio visual performances in Kunstquartier Bethanien Studio 1.
Zabte Sote is a label focusing on Iranian experimental electronic music composers, showcasing their work globally. It’s curated and directed by Ata Ebtekar aka Sote with the British label Opal Tapes doing all production and distribution worldwide. For this year’s edition of the festival, we’re having a special showcase from some of the resident artists represented by Zabte Sote. The times and the dates of these special performances will be announced in the plan accordingly.
NULLSIGHT is a media art collective & design studio with focus on contemporary art based in Tehran founded by Ali Phi on 2011, It has been active with projects in the field of curation & organization of art events & performances, design & prototyping of products, creative & visual programming, media and audiovisual production, design & development of new media immersive environments, stage design & public installations. Creation of spaces made of art, light and technology and providing a platform of new experiences for audiences has been a vital mission for NULLSIGHT from the beginning. As a collective, Nullsight has worked with different art & cultural institutes, galleries, brands & artists promoting Iranian media art scene to the world on different occasions.
NOXTE Vol III (/ˈnuqtˤa/) is a colloquial term used in Farsi meaning dot. A Project by NULLSIGHT, Media arts collective from Tehran, collection of conceptual, practical, and technology-oriented objects, contributing to the promotion of the media-art business. What defines the identity of distinction is where the self ends and the other begins: the point in which the individual body and the social framework is shaped. NOXTE is based on this idea of liberation of bodies and going beyond boundaries. The mystical revelation & free exploration of mind & soul while experiencing the trauma of living in the third world country, limitations, boundaries and different kind of social orders, are what NOXTE is trying to observe & share as a different value of art.
With Temp-Illusion, Rojin Sharafi, Nesa Azadikhah, Ali Phi, Sarah Kivi, 9T Antiope, Pouya Ehsaei, Saba Alizadeh صبا عليزاده, Tonnovelle, Behrooz Moosavi & MMaria, mHz, uon, Mash Music, Tarxun, Mahan & Mana, and more. The exhibition will be running daily from 16:00 till 19:00 free of charge. The Performances will start daily from 19:00.
This event is funded by Musicboard Berlin GmbH.
Tehran Contemporary Sounds Festival
Friday, 6th to Sunday, 8th December 2019 | Doors 16:00 CET | Starts 17:00 CET
Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien | Mariannenplatz 2 | 10997 Berlin