Mixtapes: Vol. I & II

In an age when online stations and playlists are predetermined digital algorithms of tone, melody and rhythm, where do personal mix-tapes fit in today? Assembled with care, thought and intention, mix-tapes are the audio equivalent to love letters, historical manifestos or calls to action. As spans of magnetic tape, these cassettes don’t allow listeners to skip to the next track with a swipe of the finger; rather, they ask the listener to defer to a handcrafted and pre-established linear narrative. In this spirit, Ebtekar’s project incorporates audio recordings of music from the 1979 Iranian Revolution with archival radio and television news coverage of the events recorded by his aunt, creating an audio platform to (re)consider the moment when the future of Iran was as hopeful as a high school mix-tape.

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