by Ali Ettehad
Sounds can change a place. Sounds can turn an old, static pool into the center of the world. “I Am What I Am” is the name of an audio arrangement performed in the courtyard of the Fereshteh Gallery (Tehran, Iran). This sound-installation changed ambient sounds imperceptibly; by adding bird sounds or water drops. The speakers were hidden among the plants in the yard, allowing the audience to be in a three-dimensional space composed of real sounds and designed sounds.
Along with this audio design, a recorded narration was played. The narration was about a dream related to the different layers of reality.
This installation was presented in an exhibition in memory of Abbas Kiarostami.