Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi, 'Remote' (film still), 2022 © Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi
01 Aug 2022

Mika Rottenberg to Premiere First Feature-Length Film with Mahyad Tousi

‘Remote’ will premiere this fall, and be shown at various international venues over the course of the coming year

Co-created by Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi during the Covid-19 pandemic, 'Remote' is set in a post-pandemic near future. Unoaku (Okwui Okpokwasili) and four other women living in different parts of the world—all of them fans of a popular South Korean dog-groomer-performer (Joony Kim)—discover a mysterious portal hidden in each of their homes with universe-altering consequences.

Premieres will be held in the following locations in late September and early October:
Busan Biennale, South Korea
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), Canada
X Museum, Beijing, China
Artangel will host premieres in London, England, and across the UK

Portrait of Mika Rottenberg. Photo: Miro Kuzmanović

Portrait of Mahyad Tousi. Photo: Michael E. Mason

About Mika Rottenberg
Argentina-born, New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg is devoted to a rigorous practice that combines film, architectural installation, and sculpture to explore ideas of labor and the production of value in our contemporary hyper-capitalist world.

Using traditions of both cinema and sculpture, she seeks out locations around the world where specific systems of production and commerce are in place, such as a pearl factory in China, and a Calexico border town. Through the editing process, and with footage from sets built in her studio, Rottenberg connects seemingly disparate places and things to create elaborate and subversive visual narratives. By weaving fact and fiction together, she highlights the inherent beauty and absurdity of our contemporary existence.

Each of Rottenberg’s video works is situated within a theatrical installation, made up of objects from the lush and bizarre parallel worlds in her videos. Sacks of pearls, deflated pool toys, plastic flowers and sizzling frying pans seem to open a portal into the realm of the work. Her multi-dimensional film projects are often accompanied by standalone sculptural works, connected by allegory.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, Rottenberg spent her formative years in Israel then moved to the US where she earned her BA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and followed this with an MFA at Columbia in 2004.

A solo exhibition of Rottenberg’s work is currently on view at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (21 May – 9 October 2022). Recent presentations include the Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk, Denmark (2021); and ‘Easy Pieces,’ presented at the New Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto (2019 – 2020). Rottenberg was the recipient of the 2019 Kurt Schwitters Prize, which recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art. In 2018, she was the winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize, which recognizes an artist younger than 50 who has produced a significant body of work and consistently demonstrates exceptional creativity.

About Mahyad Tousi
About Mahyad Tousi is a multidisciplinary writer, producer, cinematographer, and director working across story formats, genres, and platforms; his projects span network television to the modern art world. He was the executive producer of CBS primetime comedy ‘United States of Al.’ He is currently writing and producing ‘1001,’ a sci-fi adaptation of ‘The Tales from a Thousand and One Nights,’ and co-directing ‘Remote,’ a film created with his long-time collaborator and renowned video artist Mika Rottenberg.

Tousi is also the co-founder of BoomGen Studios, a creative IP incubator working across storytelling traditions and formats for the last sixteen years. He also founded Starfish Accelerator and is a General Partner of Starfish Fund—a 10-year vision for a self-sustaining cultural ecosystem for underrepresented artist-entrepreneurs. The Accelerator, which grants artists of color funding and mentorship to scale big pop culture ideas, will re-open for applications in Spring 2022.

Tousi sits on the advisory board of MIT’s Center for Advanced Virtuality and speaks on the ‘critical impact of popular culture’ in shaping our shared future.

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