(i) disabled IRL

with Babak Amroonee Hosseini &
Shahrzad Irannejad


setareh fatehi is an artist/choreographer based in Tehran and Amsterdam (pronoun: او). Creating trans-local collaborative spaces underlies setareh’s research-practice parallaxed(i). setareh thinks through the specificity of the body-as-presence, in relation to body-as-soma and body-as-image. او has been making conditions to create “remote movements” with “absent” bodies that are cut off from the lived experiences of one another on either side of geo-(economical and political) borders.

In the past year setareh’s practice developed into researching remote-hosting mechanisms in which different hosts were invited to physically replace setareh’s body while hosting او online during workshops, lectures and other events that او has been invited to. او is problematising the urge for physical togetherness (IRL: in real life) in the discourses around internationalization and diversity specifically within the artistic and academic institutions that او has been a part of.

In a performance-lecture (i) the disabled IRL as a part of the coming CME conference, setareh will be exploring the notion of ableism in the context of international gatherings and remote

The technologies that pose as a bridge between distanced bodies, embedded in the devices and the behavioral habits of the ones handling them, can mask the cognitive distance between (i) and the Other and create an illusion of “them being the same”. Can discourses around ableism bring a light to this issue from another angle? Might it be that the bodies invited to the international and diverse dream of global thinking are getting disabled by the institutions that are only inviting their body and not the context that they are living in?



IRSSC Closing Conference Orient Institute Istanbul
Thanks to Mehdi Torkaman, Annick Kelizen, Fatih Gençkal, Melike Şahinol, Burak Taşdizen