Bus, DD Museum, 2014
The Bus project is a site specific structure built for DD Museum. The project can be seen as a continuation of Freedom Stop, but with a more optimistic point of view. Whereas in Freedom Stop the bus represented a meaningless society, here it symbolizes a land of dreams; a dream world that passengers try to reach without success.
The structure’s skeleton is from an old bus that has been cut and detached in parts. The interior space is designed like a room and painted entirely in blue, creating a surrealistic yet peaceful space. On the outer end of the bus is a graffiti drawing, depicting the interior of a crowded bus with passengers hanging on to the handrails. The image is reminiscent of Freedom Stop, but since the crowded space it depicts is entirely in contrast with the bus’s calm interior, it highlights the dream-like quality of the project.
In addition to the common furnishings of an ordinary bus, this one also includes another object; something that works like an ordinary slot machine. Pressing the buttons on the machine causes an old radio to play music, while pulling the lever makes the machine spit out a marble that the viewer can take as a souvenir. Each button plays a different piece of music, ranging from Morgh-e Sahar by Mohammad Reza Shajarian to the sound of an air raid siren that was often heard during the Iran-Iraq war. Together the different pieces of music create a meaningful collection, representative of both the past and the future.
The fracture in the bus that blends its interior and exterior turns the project into a contextual sculpture as well as providing an interesting space for exhibiting other works of installation art, and even though this piece has yet to be used as a backdrop for other works of installation, the presence of viewers inside the bus can itself be seen as a form of installation art.