Remote

Mika Rottenberg & Mahyad Tousi

UK
SOON 06 October 2022 - 30 October 2022
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Remote

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Five women form a watch party to follow a popular South Korean dog-groomer online. They discover they are connected to each other in mysterious ways…

In their first feature film, Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi create a strangely credible solarpunk world. 

Set in a near future, possibly during another pandemic, Remote begins in the garish apartment of Unoaku (played by Okwui Okpokwasili, best known for her bravura solo performance in Bronx Gothic), an American architect quarantined at home in Kuala Lumpur. She performs her daily lock-down rituals  - exercising, cooking, watering her indoor plants and moss carpet - before relaxing at the end of her day by watching dog grooming videos.   

Unoaku chances upon an online show featuring a popular South Korean dog groomer named Eunji and her dog, Soju.   She observes a strange anomaly that no one else watching appears to see. The experience leaves her disturbed, questioning her mental state and disrupting the flow of her daily routines. 

Then Anu, an Indian woman living in Johannesburg gets in touch and lets Unoaku know she is not alone. Anu introduces Unoaku to more fans of Eunji and Soju, living on their own in apartments in Tehran, Argentina and Puerto Rico. They can all see the same odd thing going on. 

The women's search for answers leads them to discover that they are connected to each other, and to the dog-groomer, through a mysterious portal hidden in each of their homes. 

To find out what it all means, they must find a way to convince Eunji to join them.

Remote will be screened across cinemas in the UK in October 2022. Keep visiting our website to find out more information about screening locations coming soon. 


Image: Still from Remote, Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi (2022). © Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi. Courtesy the artists and Hauser & Wirth

Artists

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Artists

Contemporary video artist and filmmaker Mika Rottenberg and multidisciplinary artist, storyteller and film producer Mayhad Tousi came together to produce their first joint feature film with Remote. Read on to find out more about each artist's practice. 

Mika Rottenberg

Mika Rottenberg’s work combines film, installation and sculpture to explore how experiences, objects and values are produced in our hyper-capitalist world.

In a series of remarkable video works often situated within theatrical installations, Rottenberg connects seemingly disparate places, people and things Weaving fact and fiction together, she to creates elaborate and subversive visual narratives that highlight the inherent absurdity of our contemporary existence.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, Rottenberg spent her formative years in Israel then moved to the US where she studied at the School of Visual Arts and Columbia in New York.

A solo exhibition of Rottenberg’s work is currently on view at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. In 2021, the Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk, Denmark presented Bowls Balls Souls Holes, a major survey of her work. Easy Pieces was presented at the New Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto in 2019 – 2020.  Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in London opened in 2018 with a survey of Rottenberg’s work, the same year she had a solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria. 

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.  She is represented by Hauser & Wirth.

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Mahyad Tousi

Mahyad Tousi is a multidisciplinary writer, producer, cinematographer, and director working across story formats, genres, and platforms.  Based in Los Angeles, his projects span network television to contemporary art. 

Tousi 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.

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

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Images: (left) Still from Remote, Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi (2022). © Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi. Courtesy the artists and Hauser & Wirth. Images (top to bottom): Portrait of Mika Rottenberg. Photograph: Miro Kuzmanovińá. Portrait of Mahyad Tousi. Photograph: Michael E. Mason

Production Credits

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Production Credits

Directed by Mika Rottenberg & Mahyad Tousi

Written by Mahyad Tousi 

Based on a story by Mika Rottenberg & Mahyad Tousi

Cinematography by Nickolas Rossi

Casting by Damian Bao

Production Design by Mika Rottenberg, Katrin Altekamp

Costumes by Laleh Khorramian

Edited by Mika Rottenberg 

Executive Producers Mika Rottenberg, Okwui Okpokwasili, Mahyad Tousi 

Producers Mika Rottenberg, Jonathan Burkhart 

Co-producer Michael Goodin

Cast

Okwui Okopkwasili as Unoaku

Joony Kim as Eunji

Nikita Tewani as Anu

Pooya Mohseni as Ramesh

Antonia Predovan as Matija

Yvette Mercedes as Kami


Image: Still from Remote, Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi (2022). © Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi. Courtesy the artists and Hauser & Wirth

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Who made this possible?

Credits

Remote is commissioned by:

Artangel 
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek
Moderna Museet, Stockholm

With additional support from:

Busan Biennale
MOCA, Los Angeles
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC)
X Museum, Beijing

Artangel is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and by the private patronage of The Artangel International Circle, Special Angels, Guardian Angels, and The Company of Angels.


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