OtherIS/TVDinner opens Today at IM International and various venues in NY

Measuring the Level of Resistance - Tara Najd Ahmadi
Video still from Measuring the Level of Resistance - Tara Najd Ahmadi - From Iran TVDinner Channel 1

Opening July 30, 3 – 7 PM
Located at IM International
108-59 Roosevelt Avenue , Queens, NY 11368 digest,
Phone: 718 424 6502
E-mail: united@immigrant-movement.us

Directions by subway – take the 7 Flushing
Local or Express, exit at the 111th St Station
walk to 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue
IM International is 1 minute walk from station
Project contact: skurvida@earthlink.net for video.
OtherIS (www.otheris.com, website under reconstruction) is a project comprised of an online video database,curatorial platform, periodical hypertext, and news digest, initiated by Sandra Skurvida in 2011.

is a public art project by OtherIS, curated by Sandra
opening July 30th at IM International
continues through November 30, 2011 at multiple
venues in New York City. Please see TVDinnerProgram
selections and venues.

OtherIS is pleased to announce TVDinner, a public art project in New York City opening on July 30th with a celebration at Immigrant Movement International and continuing with events at various locations through November 2011. It features video selections from the US sanctioned countries—Belarus, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Myanmar/Burma, and
Zimbabwe—on TVs at restaurants and cafes that serve food of these countries, highlighting immigrant
experience that so often revolves around food, bringing the distant closer and making the strange familiar through communal consumption of food and art. Dinner parties with artists, writers, and others will be held at the selected restaurants and streamed online. On July 30th, video selections will be screened, with special projects and appearances by the artists, and food from the participating restaurants served at IM International headquarters. You are invited.
TVDinner is an iteration of BBCCCIILNSSSZ/////, a database of video art from and in relation to the USsanctioned
countries. It succeeds SanctionedArray, a project by SpecifyOthers produced in response to
restrictions of video submissions to the Guggenheim Museum and YouTubeʼs Play biennial 2010;
SanctionedArray was presented at White Box gallery and Big Screen Project in New York City in October-
November 2010 and at March Meeting 2011 in Sharjah. BBCCCIILNSSSZ///// database and curated selections
shall be featured at galleries and museums around the world and online. As of July 2011, guest curators include
Abir Boukhari (Syria); Amirali Ghasemi (Iran); Sohrab Kashani (Iran); Yu Yeon Kim (North Korea); Vitshois
Mwilambwe Bondo (Congo); Shireen Naziree (Burma); Lena Prents (Belarus); and Aneta Szylak and Hiwa K.
(Iraqi Kurdistan). Please see the attached Program for complete listings.
Venue: Immigrant Movement International (IM International) is a five-year project initiated by artist Tania
Bruguera. Its mission is to help define the immigrant as a unique, new global citizen in a post-national world and
to test the concept of arte útil or “useful art,” in which artists actively implement the merger of art into societyʼs
urgent social, political and scientific issues.
Curated selections of video art from and in relation to the US-sanctioned countries, including Belarus, Burma,
Iran, Iraq, and Syria (selections from other countries to be added), and a guest from Palestine. (Please see
Program Notes on each country for more information.)
Artists are listed in screening sequence within each selection.

Guest/Palestine Larissa Sansour, Soup Over Betlehem – Mloukhieh, 2006. 9:30, sound
A Palestinian family, Sansour’s own, gathers around a dinner table on a rooftop overlooking the West Bank city of
Bethlehem. What starts as a culinary discussion about the national dish mloukhieh soon evolves into a
conversation about politics—thereby emphasizing the symbiosis of food and politics so indicative of the
Palestinian experience.

Belarus TVDinner

curated by Lena Prents, featuring:
Anna Chkolnikova, Native.Foreign, 2006. Stereo, 1:38:10
Marina Naprushkina, Belarus Today, 2011. Stereo, 4:00
Maxim Tyminko, Five Lyrical Songs About Physics, 2009. Stereo, 4:10
Also included is Convincing Victory, a newspaper published by Marina Naprushkinaʼs Office for Antipropaganda (Berlin), inaugural issue of January 2011.

Burma TVDinner

curated by Shireen Naziree, featuring:
Htein Lin, Homage to Marcel Duchamp, 2006; Homage to the Monks of Burma, 2010; and Homage to thePrisoners of Burma, 2010
Chaw Ei Thein, Far Away in New York, 2010. Thein also presents her Camo salad.

Iran TVDinner Channel1

curated by Amirali Ghasemi, featuring:
Sona Safaei, Alphabet, 2010, 1:30 (Watch it on Vimeo)
Haleh Ghasemi, 3 minute Event, 2010
Erfan Abdi, boredup, 2010, 3:19 (Watch this on Vimeo)
Nassrin Nasser, Untitled, 2009, 3:43 (Watch this on Viemo)
Shirin Sabahi, Geography Test for People in Pictures, 2007, No Sound
Niyaz Saghari, The Dotted Line, 2005
Aliyar Rasti, Serious Dinner, 2010, 2:01
Tara Najd Ahmadi, Measuring The Level of Resistance, 2011, 04:18 (Watch this on Vimeo)
Mojtaba Amini, Temporary Square After Adel Abidin’s Tasty, 2011, 20:05 No sound

Iran TVDinner Channel2
curated by Sohrab M. Kashani, featuring:
Mehrdad Afsari, Salute The Flag, 2010
Gohar Dashti, Slow Decay, 2010
Samira Eskandarfar, The Olive, 2009
Amirali Ghasemi, Meeting Her Online, 2007
Ghazaleh Hedayat, Untitled, 2005
Farid Jafari Samarghandi, Trilogy, 2011
Behnam Kamrani, Endurance, 2007
Simin Keramati, Earth, 2006
Khosro Khosravi, Watches TV, 2009
Neda Razavipoor, Find The Lost One, 2009
Hamed Sahihi, Sundown, 2008
Rozita Sharafjahan, Hurrah, 2006

Iran TVDinner Channel3
curated by Sandra Skurvida, featuring:
Bahar Behbahani, Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two), 2011, 8:40
Negar Behbahani, Every Night, Three Kisses, 2010
Nosrat Nosratian, Fistula, 2009

Iraq TVDinner Channel1
curated by Aneta Szylak and Hiwa K., featuring:
Sherko Abbas, Sharwal, 2009; What July is Doing, 2010
Shirwan Can & Horen Gharib Rauf, Water Well, 2007
Shirwan Fatih, Rubber, 2009
Hiwa K., This Lemon Tastes of Apple, 2011; May 1st, 2009; Cooking with Mama, 2006-ongoing; and Moon
Calendar, 2007
Poshya Kakil, Broken Fancies, 2008
Rozhgar Mahmud Mustafa, Nylon, 2007

Iraq TVDinner Channel2
curated by Sandra Skurvida, featuring
caraballo-farman, Extreme Makeover: Iraq Edition, 2004
Wafaa Bilal, Fourth of July, 2006, Grant Park, Chicago, 2006
SyriaTVDinnerfeaturing Nisrine Boukhari,Them-me, 2010, 3:18; Mono-concept, 2010,
5:14; and Spring, 2010, 02:49.

Syria TVDinner
featuring Nisrine Boukhari,Them-me, 2010, 3:18; Mono-concept, 2010,
5:14; and Spring, 2010, 02:49.