Disco Tehran brings music, community and design together through its worldwide parties and collaborations

The fundamentals are therefore deeply rooted in music and community, not least the fact that they want to bring people together to have a good boogie. And, aesthetically speaking, the 70s is the design element that connects everything. Both founders are strongly influenced by the art movements of the time, especially those from Iran. When they work on a project, they think of the art and the people who created it “not as a source of imitation, but as an inspiration for work that comes from the memory of an era when anything seemed possible,” Arya explains. . This means that collaborations are critical to the making of Disco Tehran, and oftentimes they will work with different artists to broaden their horizons. They call them their “family of performers” who each help to create “amazing experiences both for us and for our audiences who come to our shows,” adds Mani.

A recent endeavor is an oral history project conceived in 2021 that involved collecting family stories about immigration in collaboration with Fisk Projects. The work premiered on MoMa PS1 with a mixtape, combining images with sound to create a supremely immersive experience. The couple describes the process of receiving immigration stories as “moving,” with stories from India, Iran to Colombia. To show the diversity of the output, the team creates a new oral history project in which they have collected family satires of Nowrouz. “Now that Nowrouz is an ancient and multicultural festival,” Arya says, “we are now seeing stories that transcend national borders and span different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds; a unison in the celebration.”

So, if your bones don’t start to tingle at the thought of dancing, we’re sure they will groove and tremble as soon as you hear the duo’s future plans. Disco Tehran is not only launching a cinema project titled Cinema Tehran, it is also booked for a world tour. Archery time!

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