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(Extra)Terrestrial Currents: Himali Singh Soin, To Tehran in My Dreams

Obsid­i­an Coast presents an online screen­ing of Himali Singh Soin’s To Tehran in My Dreams as part of (Extra)Terrestrial Currents.

03/08/20 – 16/08/20
To Tehran in My Dreams traces the historical development of long-distance communication. Through digressions such as the life of W. J. Elms, an employee of the Eastern and Associated Telegraph Companies, who made an error of a single punctuation mark and painter Samuel Morse who developed the Morse code, Himali’s emotive narrative unfolds the idea that language works like electricity, circuiting from sender to receiver, and that love is a glitch that can disrupt the linear logics of time and capital.

To Tehran in My Dreams is a performance that uses the mishaps of telegraph messages to produce a narrative of illogical, surrealist digressions and divergences. It takes time, fragments sentences, where the cross of a t is made into an ellipsis, the dot of an i into a full stop. The work celebrates and disrupts the linearity and repetition of the automatic regenerator machine and argues for error and for the radical consciousness of love to lay the groundwork for a revolution.

Himali Singh Soin is a writer and artist based between London and Delhi. She uses metaphors from outer space and the natural environment to construct imaginary cosmologies of interferences, entanglements, deep voids, debris, delays, alienation, distance and intimacy. In doing this, she thinks through ecological loss, and the loss of home, seeking shelter somewhere in the radicality of love. Her speculations are performed in audio-visual, immersive environments.


(Extra)Terrestrial Currents is an online programme of artist moving image, sound and text, presenting a screening programme with artists Thirza Cuthand, Ayesha Hameed, Evan Ifekoya and Himali Singh Soin, a commission by artist and composer Hannah Catherine Jones and a reading list by scholar Kathryn Yusoff.

(Extra)Terrestrial Currents thinks through a spectrum of human connection to land and bodies of water, the localities of which may hold within them histories of devastation as well as the potential for envisioning futures of care, recovery and liberation. While the violent effects of the European colonial project and capitalist extraction continue to unfold, in these visions stolen and polluted land is reclaimed and resuscitated, revolutionary love letters are transmitted along the ocean floor, the healing energy of the earth embraces the body, and spaces free from colonisation are discovered in tune with cosmic frequencies.

This programme is made possible by the Arts Council England COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
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