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How iRan: Three Plays For iPod

Productive Obsession

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How iRan: Three Plays For iPod

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When you arrive at the library you are asked to chose between one of three iPods. You chose between red, white or green, the three colours of the Iranian flag.
(We provide the iPods: you leave us with some ID so we get the iPods back. We have a limited number of headphones - because they sometimes walk off at the end of the show - so feel free to help us out and bring your own if you wish.)
Depending on which iPod you chose, you follow one of three protagonists through a story that spans thirty years. Emily the Librarian, has an affair with Ramin from Iran, and helps his son Ramin discover how to change the face of the internet in the middle east. 
Once you turn the iPod on, each of the ten tracks automatically advances you along a path. Each track directs you to artwork or installations strategically placed throughout the building to augment the audio experience. (Map provided). Areas of the library contain miniature models, window boxes, and/or other installation art. This artwork has been created by a mix of professional artists, students, new arrivals to Canada and members of Canada’s Iranian community.  Each scene and each artwork juxtaposes themes of Iranian experience, immigration, social status and rebellion against in an imaginary narrative. 
But not all iPods have the same content. So no single spectator has enough information to piece together the entire narrative. 
Further, each iPod is set to shuffle, so you and everyone else experience your story in a non-linear order. Sometimes the person standing next to you will be crying while you are laughing. Sometimes you will be alone and isolated with the voices of the characters. Sometimes six of you will be crammed into a tiny space. Slowly, you will come to realize that you are alone. 
With over 11 million possible story combinations, you are guaranteed a unique experience.

Produced by Productive Obsession, part of The 28th annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts

Please note: if the time you are looking for is not available wen booking, it may be sold out. Feel free to connect with us to confirm.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your designated departure time so that we may outfit you with your iPod,  headphones and instructions.
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Calgary Public Library
616 Macleod Trail Southeast
4th floor
Calgary, AB T2G 2M2

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Productive Obsession

Productive Obsession is an independent inter-arts performance company under the Artistic Direction of Rita Bozi and Ken Cameron. Since our founding in 2012 our work has been presented in Calgary, Banff and Iceland.

The High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts, is the largest festival of its kind in Western Canada, featuring theatre, music, comedy and more.

The Calgary Public Library ifeatures 18 branch locations including the Central Library. It is the second most used system in Canada and the sixth most used library system in North America.

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