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Alan Saied Tofighi

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Alan Saied Tofighi
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Paracelcus' Airway performed by Liquid Plastic (Alan S. Tofighi & Adam Otto Lutz, Live at MOTOR
Born1991 (1991)
Sylmar, California
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationCalifornia Institute of the Arts, B.F.A. 2016 California Institute of the Arts, M.F.A, 2018
💼 Occupation
Known forcontemporary art, sound art, performance art, sculpture, photography and video art.
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Alan S. Tofighi (born 1991 in Sylmar, California, lives and works in Los Angeles) is an American research based Interdisciplinary arts working in performance, sound, sculpture, writing, and composition. As a composer-performer Tofighi has worked within the field of minimalism, process music, just intonation, free improvisation, and noise.


Tofighi was born to refugee parents from Iran and Mexico in Sylmar, California and raised in Valencia, California. In 2005 Tofighi began formal explorations of art history and composition via systems in music. From 2010-2014 Tofighi would become engaged with as well as documenting various alternative spaces and performers of the then nascent Los Angeles underground writing for Sean Carnage.[1], and Buddyhead Records[2]. During this time Tofighi would also manage the NASA Space Universe[3] on several national tours from 2011-2017. In 2014 Tofighi transferred and completed undergraduate studies at California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in 2016 followed by a MFA in Art and Technology in 2018.


Tofighi's work analyzes intertwined or otherwise obscured histories of power, myth, sub/fringe culture, and formal and conceptual motifs parallel in cultural, historical, and art historical developments to make visible questions of and against history & power in the present[4].

In this Tofighi has worked with histories of formalized minimalism and conceptualism's dematerialization against folk ontologies such as hoarding, parapsychology, bootlegs, wrongful arrests, data mining, critical research[5], genetic sequences, psychological operations, cryptozoology, and maligned legacies of once radical artists.

Tofighi's work has been shown or performed at The Box[6], REDCAT[7], Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center[8], Santa Monica Public Library[9], The Horse Dublin, The Bob Baker Marionette Theater[10],Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive[11], the wulf.[12], MOTOR[13], Coaxial Arts[14], KXLU, KCHUNG RadioCollege of the Canyons Art Gallery, and the Center for Integrated Media.


Tofighi's work in music has taken the form of formal composition in the Cagean tradition of systems, process, extended techniques, usage of data, and silence to formalize the role of performance, sub/audio culture, and the format of music presentation.

Since 2010, Tofighi has operated in a performance and object based performance cycle of which they have labeled "Critical Bands" after the psychoacoustic phenomena of the same name and an inversion on institutional critique in the rock band format. In this Tofighi has utilized EVP, plant perception, notated wind-up toys, mass produced Hand of Glories, live foley, computer chess, parapsychology, clean-up (environment), Card Transaction Data, cctv, and noise reduction to analyze histories of performance, perception, authorship, and collaboration. 

Tofighi has performed with Michael Jon Fink, and M Denney in Trio Ampliphonic, as part of the durational Improv group Unknown Unknown, with Scott Benzel as part of V.I.T.R.I.O.L.[15], and various free improv units since 2007.


Originally started in 2014 to generate complex sounds with minimal budgets in performance, Tofighi began the artist electronics fabrication service AST[16] to produce nonexistent performance tools/instruments for artists in installation/performance[17] to complicate the readymade, performance, as well as the democratization of technical information via open source schematics, code, and free workshops.


Selected solo exhibitions and performance[edit]

2022 Predictive Programming: Process(ion) of Voids and Mental Remnants (2013-2022) The Horse, Dublin

2022 Spectres of Humanity: Granting, Refusing, & Compacting Pathos Into That Which One Is Partial To, REDCAT, Los Angeles

2021 Skip Tracing: Homunculi Physically & Computationally Grafted MOTOR, Los Angeles

2020 The Accursed Cred Transparency Press, Los Angeles

2020 Listening Party No. 1 Coaxial Arts, Los Angeles.

2019 The Seeds of Distrust No 2. for Simulacracea Coaxial Arts, Los Angeles.

2019 Post No. 1 memory Composition of Visceral Residue Coaxial Arts, Los Angeles

2019 Closely No. 1 (M WR) Soundwaves, Santa Monica

2018 Galvanic Control SET/SIM no.1 The Box, Los Angeles

2018 Mechanized and Manufactured Interiors California Institute of the Arts

Selected group exhibitions & screenings[edit]

2022 Candidates for Humanity REDCAT, Los Angeles Curated by Jorge Ravelo

2022 DLV X VPAC PRJCTLA, Los Angeles Curated by Doug Harvey (artist)[18]

2019 Hoard Innaugural Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles, Curated by Scott Benzel

2019 Financial Instrument Go Build Business, Chatsworth, Curated by Jeffrey Vallance

2019 "Blinky the Friendly Hen 40th Anniversary Group Show, CSUN Art Gallery Curated by Jeffrey Vallance

2019 WORKSPACE ONLY/NO OVERNIGHT Art In the Park, Los Angeles[19]

2018 Rattlesnake Bells In the Desert The Box, Los Angeles

2018  REUNION Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles


2021 MOTOR FM OPAF, San Pedro CA, co-curated with Jin Seok Choi, Alberto Keossian, and Adam Otto Lutz

2021 Road Test Torrance Art Museum, Torrance CA, co-curated with Jin Seok Choi, Alberto Keossian, and Adam Otto Lutz

2020 Practical Transparency Coaxial Arts, Los Angeles.

2019  WORKSPACE ONLY/NO OVERNIGHT Art In the Park, Los Angeles, co-curated with Jin Seok Choi


  1. "Alan Tofighi articles on Sean Carnage".
  2. "Francis Harold + The Holograms VS Buddyhead: Taste the Chain".
  3. "A Nasa Space Universe Show Was More Like a European Soccer Match Than a Punk Gig".
  4. "Lazarus Canary: Thigmomorphogenesis, World Knots, and Psi Chicks in the deep-dive work of Alan S. Tofighi" (PDF).
  5. "Scott Benzel: Mindless Pleasures Book Release and Panel at LACA".
  6. "Rattlesnake Bells in the Desert: Amongst & Between".
  7. "Candidates for Humanity".
  8. "ReVIEWING 12 Presenter Bios + Abstracts".
  9. "Tofighi, Denney, and Fink at Soundwaves in LA, December 19".
  10. "Hallow's Eve Artists Maze". bobbakermarionettetheater.
  11. "Hoard Inaugural press Release" (PDF).
  12. "Open Source Open Source: Alan Tofighi, Burnt Dot & AADY".
  13. "Alan S Tofighi Skip Tracing".
  14. "Practical Transparency – Symposium on art/work/life".
  15. "REUNION".
  16. Benzel, Scott; Tofighi, Alan (2021). "Notes on Mindless Pleasures". In Loman, Hailey. Mindless Pleasures. Los Angeles Contemporary Archive. p. 133. Unknown parameter |orig-date= ignored (help) Search this book on
  17. "Scott Benzel: Mindless Pleasures".
  18. "VPAC X DLV Plein Air Views of the Desert Lighthouse Curated by Doug Harvey".
  19. "Workspace Only/No Overnights".

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