SALAR NIKNAFS

Chance Harmony

(May 2018)

 

Video and Music by Salar Niknafs

Single Channel HD Video, Stereo Sound

Edition 1, Duration: 3:38

May 2018, Melbourne

 

The objective here was to excite transitory forms and engage with the unpredictability of generative systems. For this purpose I experimented with visual and sonic modalities, seeking a multi-layer landscape that might exist in a sphere of reflections and repetitions.

 

The sonic portion of the project is composed utilising the phasing technique. Multiple bowed guitar lines in a descending 5th sequence were recorded in isolation and at random tempos. The final form was achieved by summing the unsynchronised tracks. Visuals, similarly, were created by mixing multiple scaled versions of a video and distributing the layers around a circle in 3D space.

Displaced

(September 2017)

 

Video and Music by Salar Niknafs

Single Channel HD Video, Stereo Sound

Edition 1, Duration: 5:31

Sep 2017, Melbourne

 

"That is how I explained myself to the strange impression I had of being odd man out, a kind of intruder.” - Albert Camus, The Outsider

 

Unlike objects, memories can coexist in multiple locations at the same time. ‘Displaced’ is sparked by this feeling of psychological coexistence in two places at the same time and attempts to navigate their overlapping currents of narration.

 

I migrated to Australia when I was 24 years old and the conspicuous disjunction between my intuitions and immediate environment has naturally become the main theme in this work.

 

Here, unscripted voice messages on my mobile phone are juxtaposed on the scenery of my daily commune. The asynchronicity between the voices heard and the visions seen aims to create a perceptual shift that transmits the experience through.

Adrift

(August 2016)

 

Video and Music by Salar Niknafs

Single Channel HD Video, Stereo Sound

Edition 1, Duration: 3:30

Aug 2016, Tehran / Melbourne

 

"We came whirling

out of nothingness

scattering stars

like dust

the stars made a circle

and in the middle

we dance" - Rumi

 

The music of “Adrift” is a simple generative system, built around unsynchronized melodic passages to create a constantly changing wash in B minor. Electric guitar recordings are accompanied with field recordings and undercurrent drones to create a non-linear immersive listening that slowly drifts in and out of phase.

Video footages are of a ceremonial parade in Ubud, and a Pahlevani ritual at a Zurkhaneh (or Zoorkhaneh; English: “House of Strength”) in the historical city of Yazd, in Iran. Pahlevans are performing the whirling exercise (Persian: Charkh), which is believed to be derived from the Sama dance of whirling dervishes.

Half Life

(November 2016)

 

Video by Salar Niknafs

Original Soundtrack by Salar Niknafs & Babak Navak

Single Channel HD video, Stereo Sound

Edition 1

Duration: 4:02

 

The original soundtrack is a musical collaboration between Babak Navak (piano and drums) and Salar Niknafs (electric guitars).

 

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Visitors

(May 2016)

 

Video by Salar Niknafs

Original Soundtrack by Salar Niknafs & Babak Navak

Single Channel HD video, Stereo Sound

Edition 1

Duration: 3:10

 

Soundtrack is a musical collaboration between Salar Niknafs (electric guitars, cello and hand drums) and Babak Navak (synthesized elements and sustained parts).

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The Living

(November 2015)

 

Original Soundtrack and Video by Salar Niknafs

Single Channel HD video, Stereo Sound

Edition 1 of 2

Duration: 4:47

 

'The Living' is an experimental short with a central theme of nature’s organic order, humanity and the relationship between them. It primarily consists of slow motion footages filmed in natural landscapes across Victoria state of Australia, using a Leica (Type 109) camera. Footages were then edited in Final Cut Pro. Music was recorded, mixed and mastered in my Melbourne home studio, experimenting with repetitive melodic lines, guitar feedback and floating drone segments. A special mention goes to Monir Safari, for the assistance she offered during the shooting process.

Close Encounter

(June 2014)

 

Original Soundtrack and Video Montage by Salar Niknafs

Single Channel video, Stereo Sound

Duration: 5:44

 

Music and video by Salar Niknafs. Video sampled from 1984 animation, 'Picture In Your Mind', originally animated by Marshall Plan and produced by Philip Stapp. With the permission from the Academic Film Archive of North America: www.afana.org/stapp.htm

 

and 'Safety: Harm Hides at Home', available at the Prelinger Archives: https://archive.org/details/prehere

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