Remote

Mika Rottenberg / Mahyad Tousi

Tate Modern, and across the United Kingdom
08 October 2022 - 12 November 2022

Remote

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Five women form a watch party to follow a popular South Korean dog-groomer online. They discover they are connected to each other in mysterious ways…

In their extraordinary first feature film, Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi create a strangely credible solar-punk world.  Set in a near future, REMOTE follows Unoaku, an expat architect living and working in an apartment in Kuala Lumpur, and four other women living on their own in Iran, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and South Africa.

While watching the daily performances of the South Korean dog-groomer, the five women discover they are connected through mysterious portals hidden in their homes. Embarking on a quest for answers, they use the portals to bridge the distance between them, uncovering a phenomenon with universe-altering consequences.

Filmed in 2021 during the COVID pandemic with a cast of multinational actors and performers including Okwui Okpokwasili and Joony Kim, REMOTE explores what it means to live in a ‘hyperconnected’ future populated by isolated individuals who find new ways to maintain human relationships.

As part of the worldwide release of the film in 2022, REMOTE premiered at TATE Modern before screening in fifteen cinemas across the UK.


Artangel's Associate Director James Lingwood spoke to Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi online and across time zones to discuss how they created REMOTE's multi-faceted reality. Watch now on Vimeo or YouTube.


Image: Still from Remote, Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi (2022). © Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi. Courtesy the artists and Hauser & Wirth

Artists

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Artists

Contemporary video artist and filmmaker Mika Rottenberg and multidisciplinary artist, storyteller and film producer Mayhad Tousi came together to produce their first joint feature film with Remote. Read on to find out more about each artist's practice. 

Mika Rottenberg

Mika Rottenberg’s work combines film, installation and sculpture to explore how experiences, objects and values are produced in our hyper-capitalist world.

In a series of remarkable video works often situated within theatrical installations, Rottenberg connects seemingly disparate places, people and things Weaving fact and fiction together, she to creates elaborate and subversive visual narratives that highlight the inherent absurdity of our contemporary existence.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, Rottenberg spent her formative years in Israel then moved to the US where she studied at the School of Visual Arts and Columbia in New York.

A solo exhibition of Rottenberg’s work is currently on view at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. In 2021, the Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk, Denmark presented Bowls Balls Souls Holes, a major survey of her work. Easy Pieces was presented at the New Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto in 2019 – 2020.  Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in London opened in 2018 with a survey of Rottenberg’s work, the same year she had a solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria. 

Rottenberg was the recipient of the 2019 Kurt Schwitters Prize, which recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art. In 2018, she was the winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize.  She is represented by Hauser & Wirth.

An Argentine-Israeli woman with brown curly hair wears a pink t-shirt, black trousers and boots. She sits on a stone step and rests her back against a concrete wall.

Mahyad Tousi

Mahyad Tousi is a multidisciplinary writer, producer, cinematographer, and director working across story formats, genres, and platforms.  Based in Los Angeles, his projects span network television to contemporary art. 

Tousi was the executive producer of CBS primetime comedy United States of Al.  He is currently writing and producing 1001, a sci-fi adaptation of The Tales from a Thousand and One Nights.

Tousi is also the co-founder of BoomGen Studios, a creative IP incubator working across storytelling traditions and formats for the last sixteen years. He founded Starfish Accelerator and is a General Partner of Starfish Fund—a 10-year vision for a self-sustaining cultural ecosystem for underrepresented artist-entrepreneurs.   He advocates for the critical impact of popular culture in shaping our shared future and sits on the advisory board of MIT’s Center for Advanced Virtuality.

An Iranian-American man with dark hair and a black and grey beard wears a grey jumper. He stands in front of a red wall with graffiti painted and scratched into its surface.

Images: (left) Still from Remote, Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi (2022). © Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi. Courtesy the artists and Hauser & Wirth. Images (top to bottom): Portrait of Mika Rottenberg. Photograph: Miro Kuzmanovińá. Portrait of Mahyad Tousi. Photograph: Michael E. Mason

In The Artangel Collection

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Remote

REMOTE is part of The Artangel Collection. As part of the worldwide release of the film in 2022, REMOTE premiered at TATE Modern before screening in fifteen cinemas across the UK.


  • Artist: Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi
  • Title: REMOTE
  • Date: 2022
  • Medium: Single channel HD video
  • Dimensions: variable.  
  • Duration: 92 minutes 
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Production Credits

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Production Credits

Directed by Mika Rottenberg & Mahyad Tousi

Written by Mahyad Tousi 

Based on a story by Mika Rottenberg & Mahyad Tousi

Cinematography by Nickolas Rossi

Casting by Damian Bao

Production Design by Mika Rottenberg, Katrin Altekamp

Costumes by Laleh Khorramian

Edited by Mika Rottenberg 

Executive Producers Mika Rottenberg, Okwui Okpokwasili, Mahyad Tousi 

Producers Mika Rottenberg, Jonathan Burkhart 

Co-producer Michael Goodin

Cast

Okwui Okopkwasili as Unoaku

Joony Kim as Eunji

Nikita Tewani as Anu

Pooya Mohseni as Ramesh

Antonia Predovan as Matija

Yvette Mercedes as Kami


Image: Still from Remote, Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi (2022). © Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi. Courtesy the artists and Hauser & Wirth

Credits

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Who made this possible?

Credits

REMOTE was commissioned by Artangel; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; in association with Hauser & Wirth. The film was completed with support by MOCA’s Environmental Council, Los Angeles, US; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Canada; X Museum, Beijing, China; the Busan Biennale, Korea; and The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, US.

Artangel is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and by the private patronage of The Artangel International Circle, Special Angels, Guardian Angels, and The Company of Angels.