Time Binders (2014) 23 minutes
Time Binders draws a comparison between two transitional conditions: the fleeting existance of a reflection of a light and a human life time. Filmed in an assisted living space in Cambridge, MA, the film explores the physical and psychological space, where one is stripped of his/her youth and death seems a closer ally than life.
Tarab is an Arabic concept which has no direct English translation, but essentially represents the musically induced state of ecstasy transmitted by a performer to the audience through the syntax of music. The piece focuses on the distinct physical and emotional characteristics of Tarab by isolating its physical manifestation from its original context, including the music itself.
In this exchange, Mozaffari extends her authorship to Anonymous, who assumes multiple roles as character, videographer, and, to a degree, substitute author. Working together, they highlight the censorship that prohibits them access to, and ownership of, the public space of the city, and, by extension, their own agency. Together, they overcome restrictions of access and establish a live link between “here” and “elsewhere,” “you” and “me,” “author” and “spectator.” Each collaborator is spectator as much as author of another’s project. This extended author-spectatorship encompasses others—ourselves, providing us with access to the site of practice. Both distancing and proximity are realized.