Bahar Behbahani, Negar Behbahani, Maciek Schejbal 
Premiere Performance
Saturday September 13, 3-5pm
Audience members are welcome to participate and watch the performance. The artists will be available at 5pm for conversation.
A Tide of a Memory, a participatory video installation, is derived from a series of projects which explore the power of bread through people’s personal memories amid larger political and economic spheres of this universal sustenance. A Tide of a Memory is a proposed collaborative project inspired by the HISTORY OF TIDE MILL.
Bahar Behbahani multidisciplinary artist, following her recent series of Bread and Memory, takes the role of the artist as masseur, offering the audience a five minute massage. As soon as she touches a participant, a video screening is being triggered (designed by interactive artist Negar Behbahani), thus the participant watches the video while receiving the massage at the same time. Maciek Schejbal musician, being a part of this performative installation, creates a hypnotic pattern of sounds recorded in abandoned grain silos across the US and also in the village of Port Chester and the town of Rye. In this way, we are designing network of interactions between people, environment, and memory. The video would be an inviolable ritual documentation of the hands of native Americans kneading dough, allowing audience and participants go through immersive experiences of kneading and ritual aspect of bread making. After a while the rhythm of images, sound, and performative touch would trigger and evoke people’s emotions and produce memories. A Tide of a Memory experiments with stimulating people’s memory through the process of being massaged while engaging their sense of sight and hearing, instigating collective memory. In exchange the participants share a written bread recollections.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Negar Behbahani is a multidisciplinary artist working in video art, sound installation and photography. She has exhibited her videos and installations internationally, and is part of the Global Groove, 1973/2012 featuring artists from the Far East, Middle East, Africa, and Europe at The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Negar Behbahani lives in Tehran and New York.
Maciek Schejbal graduated from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland. Schejbal has performed with the legends of Polish song, Ewa Demarczyk and Marek Grechuta, Cameroonian singer Kaïssa and South African musician Tony Cedras, among others. Scheibal is on faculty at the Drummers Collective music school in Manhattan.
Born in Tehran, Iran, multidisciplinary artist, Bahar Behbahani’s work addresses her long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and loss, representing her chronic displacement and longing. Her work has been featured in the Sharjah Biennial 10, UAE; Queens Museum, New York; The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan; Mirmara Museum, Croatia; The Tribeca Film Festival, New York.
"When Peter Disbrow, John Coe, and Thomas Stedwell purchased the land that became Rye in 1660, they paid "eight cotes and seven shirts fifteen fathom of womone" having been signed with the friendly Mohegans. In 1770, Wright Frost purchased the "hammocks" that made up the land and built 3 dams and the mill building. Unique to this mill was the use of two wheels which were turned by the outgoing water and ran four
"run of stones" to grind grain brought to the mill. The mill's output at times was as high as 150 to 180 barrels of flour a week, ground from wheat brought from as far away as
Virginia and Georgia as well as Long Island. Grain dealers from Fulton Street in New York sent much of the southern grain for grinding and barreling in barrels made in the
mill's own cooper shop."