= Well No. 1Video and Performance
May 18-20, 2018
Mona Bizmarck American Center
Édouard Glissant builds his language with rocks. I re-write histories with limestone and sandstone: reservoir rocks that hold dried up blood and wet petroleum deposits. We come from the rocks: “fossil fuels are forms of energy in which great quantities of space and time, as it were, have been compressed into a concentrated form.” I call to the prehistories and to the mythologies that hold fractured landscapes beneath, what is now industrialized dust and wind. I find my place somewhere between the layers. Somewhere between imagination and memory. Somewhere between history and mythology. Somewhere between your traditions and my words. I set out to create my own Persian mythology. This is = Well No. 1.
= Well No. 1 is a new mythology based on the first oil well in Iran and the first in the Middle East. Through a series of fictional videos, ritualistic performances, and infrastructural meditation, this counter narrative serves to reverse this history of oil extraction as a practice in radical healing and transformative possibility. Drawing on my own experience as a first-generation Iranian-American, I implicate myself into this story to unearth what has brought me to this place in time and space.
ferdows = Well No. 1 is the preface to the mythology chapters. In Farsi, ferdows means heaven or paradise. The word also draws homage to Persian poet Ferdowsi and his epic Shahnameh (Book of Kings).
Project Research and Documentation: https://farsiforeplaythesis.tumblr.com/