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Kamran sadeghi
Loss Less
Video | mov, Audio | color | 22'53'' | Iran / USA | 2020
“Loss Less” is a site-specific audiovisual work recorded inside of the defunct nuclear cooling tower Satsop. In the 1970’s, the U.S. was more than 20 years into its nuclear power program. In Washington State, a consortium of public utilities began what was to be the largest single nuclear power project in the country’s history. The construction was suspended shortly before the facility was completed and what remains is a structure 129 meters across at the base, and rising to a height of nearly 152 meters. Kamran Sadeghi used its natural acoustics to compose and reshape sound, capturing the architectural integrity and holistic immediacy of the nuclear cooling tower, while symbolically removing its entire existence. Maintaining an emphasis on the sound, Sadeghi created a 3D abstraction from a still taken on location. The title ‘Loss Less’ is derived from the term lossless compression - a process that allows for the preservation and perfect reconstruction of data (audio). In this case the audio was not preserved, but intentionally degraded. The title also expresses the reality of catastrophic loss and destruction caused by nuclear energy, and the cry for less.
Kamran Sadeghi is an Iranian American musician, composer, record producer and interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Recent solo album on LINE was recorded inside a defunct nuclear cooling tower, followed by a collaboration with installation artist Zimoun. Sadeghi’s diverse body of work can be attributed to his use of sound as a sculptural material.  An alchemist who is guided by thematic research, controlled experimentation and intuition while working with synthesis, acoustics and sound recording / processing technology. Sadeghi’s performances, soundtracks, collaborations and installations have been experienced at the ICA (Boston), DTW (NY), Corcoran Gallery of Art (DC), CTM Festival (DE), KW Gallery (DE), K11 Museum (Shanghai), MUDAM (Luxembourg), MuCEM (Marseille), Centre Pompidou (FR), Berghain (DE), KOW (DE), and Berlin Biennale (DE). Distinguished collaborators include American singer and poet Patti Smith, Ethiopian Jazz musician Mulatu Astatke, American photographer Nan Goldin and French-Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard and choreographer Sasha Waltz. Recordings and productions are published on such labels as Sternberg Press, Vinyl Factory, LINE, Dragons Eye Recordings, Sacred Bones, Apollo Records and more.