Ava Ansari is a Farsi interpreter, transmedia poet, transcultural curator, and yogi working
with the sensual, institutional, and digital bodies. Their practice lives at the intersections of choreographic, linguistic, musical, and spatial composition; heterotopic healing and radical cyber celebration; and translingual embodiment and bodies' free navigation.
Since 2010, Ava has been working with telepresence healing technologies and distanced communities to diversify the fixated notions of poetic expression and governance. “The Back Room” collective for critical dialogue and virtual poetics with hubs in cities in Iran and the US (Doris Duke Foundation’s Building Bridges Awardee, 2010-14); “Subway” app for poetic public movement beyond preventing laws (International Journal of Arts & Technology, Volume 7, 2014); and “Conducting Studies” processor for poetic mapping (International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2015, International Symposium on Electronic Arts 2014) are examples of their collaborative projects.
CO-DIRECTOR: SPATIAL JUSTICE & ARCHITECTURE OF COLOR
Salar Ansari is an Iranian immigrant DJ, producer, instrumentalist and engineer, uniquely positioned at the forefront of the sonic connection bridging the SWANA (Southwest Asia-North Africa) region and the Midwest, US. He is the co-founder of Feeder Loft recording studio and music label in Waawiiyatanong/Detroit, and Analog Room international music residency in Iran and UAE.
Salar has garnered accolades from recording engineering with the famed Blue Note Records to winning the 2021 Detroit Music Awards for “Best Electronic Recording.” In total, he has featured on over 50 productions as an engineer, producer, and session musician while collaborating with an incredible array of artists across the globe. He releases original music through Moozikeh Analog Room and Feeder Loft Records as well as his own imprint Passed Out On A Persian Rug. In addition to his own production work, he’s also a founder of improvisational dance act DMVND, along with Rafael Leafar and Ian Fink as well as EverydayCrisis with Luis Resto and George Rahme.