Videos: The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics

Videos: The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics

The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics, 2020

Solo Exhibition, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics is Pantea Karimi’s personal story of four years of science education in the late 80s under post-revolutionary Iran. Through video, moving-images, and sound, Karimi remakes the experience and the anxiety she went through attending her science classroom for the viewer.

3Dimensional view of the gallery and the exhibition


Come to the Blackboard (Biyaa Paaye Takhteh), 2020, Video and sound (layered voice), 47 minute
The voice in Persian mimicking one of Karimi’s math teachers calling her to the blackboard to solve a math problem. The voice feels militant and serious. The layering of the voice showcases Karimi’s anxiety and fear.

To Tell My Story, 2020, video and audio, 1:11

Come to the BlackBoard, 2020, video and sound, 1:27
The video is recorded in the gallery space.

Gallery Installation, video, 1:52

Blackboards 1-10, showcases the progression of anxiety through the disappearance of content, animation, 45 seconds

A five-year-old walked into the gallery with his parent; curious, and observant, asked many questions about the exhibition and installations. He suddenly started signing under the Blackboards.
The song is Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard.

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