Artist Projects

The Sitcom


Jon Rubin

Following popular sitcom vernacular, The Sitcom revolves around one family, which exists in two places simultaneously. One version of the family is located in Tehran, the other version in Los Angeles, and the same domestic production set is constructed in both cities. In each city, the family is performed by local actors speaking their local language. In the finished episodes, the action moves back and forth between the American and Iranian versions of the family, so that the plotlines and jokes that are developed in one are carried forward and furthered in the other. In the end the series will be designed to construct a third space, a place that hovers between two specific cultural conditions, both familiar and destabilizing to each.