I Love You, Keep Going

The bicycle-powered installation “I Love You, Keep Going” was born while I was biking in a heavy traffic jam in California. I wondered if it might be possible to invoke a story about nature, and my country’s addiction to oil, in such a way that an audience could feel these opposing forces in their bodies rather than simply their minds. Working with Iranian film editor Arya Ghavamian, whose nation’s history is entwined with oil, I created three looping films which invite the visitors to mount bicycles and “change the story.”

In Chapter One, where nobody bikes, we will see the oil business winning the heart of the world. In Chapter Two, where one person enters the future alone, the fear of death and destruction will become activated. In Chapter Three, where multiple cyclists join forces, transcendence and harmony with nature will become possible.

Viewers may passively watch the world’s destruction, or become part of the story and change the future in a positive way.

(Note: the project may also run as a simple or looping film without installation elements.)

  • Ari Gold
    Adventures of Power; Helicopter; Culture
  • Arya Ghavamian
    Editor and Co-Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 40 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Mixed media/digital installation
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Beta test - Luminaria (Texas / San Antonio Museum of Art)
    San Antonio
    United States
    October 23, 2015
    Beta test - Noth America
  • ISEA Manizales
  • Festival Visual Brasil (Barcelona)
Director Biography - Ari Gold

ARI GOLD (Artist) is an internationally-acclaimed writer/director, 4-time Sundance alumnus, and winner of a student Oscar. His new feature "The Song of Sway Lake" is premiering at festivals in 2017. He also made the student Oscar-winning Helicopter, the cult comedy Adventures of Power ("One of the funniest films in recent years" - NY Magazine), and dozens of award-winning shorts and videos that have played festivals from Sundance to Bangkok. He also founded Power Saves the Music, which provides free music education for disadvantaged children. As an actor, he has appeared in films such as Another Earth and Groove, and his music has been featured in several films.

ARYA GHAVAMIAN (Editor, Co-Producer). Born and raised in Iran, Arya moved to the USA in 2008. When in Iran, his father taught him how to ride a bike and watched him crash into a tree the same day. His debut feature Happenings of the Eighth Day world premiered at Cinequest Film Festival. He is currently working on a documentary set in NYC's East Village and a short film set in the forests.

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Director Statement

We are in a decisive decade; we will only survive this century if we listen now to the symbiotic lessons of nature. After studying the ability of plants to communicate with humans through generated music, I became intrigued by the possibility of a kind of “biofeedback” object-lesson for humans. “I Love You, Keep Going” is the result of that investigation.