All of your Stars are but Dust on My Shoes

All of Your Stars Are but Dust on My Shoes (2021) tracks the public administration of light and darkness as an essential policing tool.
The video moves between cities like New York and London, with the artist’s native Beirut setting the central pulse. Creating an associative genealogy that moves from whale oil lamps to gas lanterns to LED bulbs, from blackouts to curfews, the video is comprised of found footage and material from the artist’s own phone. Layering, splicing, and confronting disparate kinds of sound and image, Aivazian generates a sensorial meditation on how the fundamentals of human vision— light hitting the retina—were mechanized into tools that capture our movements, be it in everyday life or on screen.