Two Shorts

Pouya Gholami

conference: DARE 2015: the dark precursor
date: February 9, 2018
venue: De Bijloke Music Center, Bibliotheek
format: on screen
practice: image
keywords: conjuntion, film, Georges Bataille, plane of composition, William Burroughs

abstract video about the author(s)


And: Conjunction (2010, 14 min.). A new day is starting. While the city awakes, two clowns tell a story about a city and its people in an empty field without any population. Time passes away. Two men, two women seek for something lost . . . AND is neither one thing nor the other, it’s always in between, between two things; it’s the borderline, there’s always a border, a line of flight or flow, only we don’t see it, because it’s the least perceptible of things. And yet it’s along this line of flight that things come to pass, becomings evolve, revolutions take shape. (Gilles Deleuze, Cahiers du Cinema 271, November 1976)



The Four (2010, 8 min.). This short film tries to put into experience a combination of different planes of compositions—the ontological-mathematical logic of Hollis Frampton’s work (Zorns Lemma, 1970), William Burroughs’s cut-up method, and Georges Bataille’s scatological desire—across a theological and concrete field. Each part traces and repeats parts of Allah by Mansour Al-Hallaj. Hallaj is a symptom of heretical clashes in the middle-earth milieu, tortured and sacrificed by his society because of his (her)ethic(al) ideas about the relation between infinite and finite. An underground folk-rock singer recites the poem. This film is about the powers of chaos and the challenges with determined rational structures. In this experience every shot is one second.



about the author(s)

Pouya Gholami

Pouya Gholami is an Iranian translator, writer, and experimental filmmaker who lives in Tehran. Working freelance he has co-translated and co-written several books and essays in post-Nietzschean and autonomist style, some of which have been published, while most have not yet obtained permission. He also works in the fields of women’s studies, gender studies, and sexuality, which are banned by the government censorship apparatus. These fields of theoretical research are not only interconnected but also affect and are affected by political issues. His translations include Gilles Deleuze’s Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty, and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Declaration.

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Iranian translator, writer, and experimental filmmaker, Tehran, IR


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