AGAINST DOOM TV
A project by Amy Khoshbin & Macon Reed
Against Doom TV is an interactive variety show bringing together artists, organizers, and candidates to make dismantling harmful systems and imagining the future we want more fun and radical together.
Enjoy this virtual tour slide show of the exhibition, photographed by Etienne Frossard
View each artist’s individual work, and their collaborative videos below.
Watch the short film Love Triangle
Love Triangle is a fictional polyamorous dating show where Khoshbin and Reed perform as hosts. Real-life established abolitionist organizers and city council candidates play “eligible bachelorettes” vying for the attention of an invisible “eligible dater” named Luscious. Each time these contestants are asked a dating-related question, their answers are comically laser-focused on getting their abolitionist views across instead. With this, they model how we can disrupt consumerist entertainment and passive viewing (aka business as usual) to make change happen. Love Triangle features City Council candidate Whitney Hu and Abolitionist organizers Ngozi Alston, Sophia Gurulé, and Mon Mohapatra.
Love Triangle was produced in collaboration with Old Stone House and Washington Park, Pratt Institute, ADVICE, and Artists 4 Democracy.
Watch the short film Oh Wait! You’re Fascism!
Oh Wait! You’re Fascism! takes place in an imaginary graveyard. Reed and Khoshbin appear dressed in black hooded robes, carrying a Ouija Board painted by Reed. When they sit down to ask their ancestors some questions, they receive a very unexpected visitor instead. Their Ouija session plays with communication issues from our Zoom-heavy moment, asking the ghost, “Wait are you on mute?” as it speeds back and forth over the letters “L-O-L-O-L-OL.” Eventually when Khoshbin and Reed realize they are speaking to the ghosts of fascism past and future, the two ghosts merge into one spirit: The Ghost of Fascism Present.
In this, the artists attempt to point out that many of our ideas of what authoritarianism looked like in the past, and our sci-fi depictions of it in the future, are in fact happening right now.