International Light Art Project

Ali Chakav / Joel Jaffe / Navid Razavi


Photo: Mira Hanak


entrance lounge / The Chocolate Museum, Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a, 50678 Cologne


4:4:1 sound installation


urbanrecall is a collaborative project by Ali Chakav, Joel Jaffe and Navid Razavi.
They question the methodologies of transformations of urban living space and their individual and collective perception of it. Analogous to this question, they develop concepts in which they collect acoustic, visual and forensic materials of this living space and present them in audiovisual, site-specific performances and installations. The interplay of multi-channel sound constructions and projections, which generate volumetric light sculptures, should invite the recipients to let themselves fall and drift between the frequencies. Here it is of elementary importance that there is no clear focus, no directional structure, and that it is possible to move freely at any time.
Due to our experimental method of working, there are no linear-narrative progressions, which is why each work stands on its own and unchangeable processes are released, which sometimes get lost, sometimes find themselves again in multidimensional directions.

A part of this project is realized in cooperation with the Iranian poet, journalist and media artist Shabnam Azar:


Performance urbanrecall in cooperation with Shabnam Azar
13 March 2020, 7.30 p.m.

at The Chocolate Museum
Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A
50678 Cologne


Ali Chakav
born 1984 in Teheran [ir]
lives and works in Cologne [de] and London [gb]

since 2018

Epistemic Media, Robert Schumann Hochschule (IMM), Dusseldorf [de]

2012-2018 Diploma Media Arts, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Cologne
2007 Experimental Filmmaking with Abbas Kiarostami, KARNAME Institut, Teheran
2003 Diploma Communication Design, AZAD University, Teheran

››more about Ali Chakav


Joel Jaffe
born 1993 in Bonn [de]
lives and works in Cologne

2014-2020 sound art, audio production, sound technology and video art, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Cologne

››more about Joel Jaffe


Navid Razavi
born 1988 in Teheran
lives and works in Cologne


Interdisciplinary Media Art, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Cologne

2015-2016 Study abroad on occasion of ISAP / DAAD, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá [co]

››more about Navid Razavi


Shabnam Azar
born 1977 in Ghaemshahr [ir]
lives and works in Cologne and London

until 2003 Journalism, Center for Media Studies and Research, Teheran
since 2015 Media Arts, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Cologne


exhibitions / urbanrecall

2019 urbanrecall_03, IKLECTIK, London [gb]

urbanrecall_02, St. Johannes XXIII, Cologne
urbanrecall_01, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Cologne

 ››more about das Kollektiv

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