Author: Bahar Ahmadifard

“Dust to Come…” | Online Screening | August 8-9, 2020

Online screening Program

“Dust to Come…” Curated video program by New Media Society to be featured in
Future Threads: Mosaic Rooms’ Digital Programme.

Saturday – Sunday: Aug 8-9, 2020

Watch a series of experimental art films by contemporary Iranian artists and
filmmakers curated by the New Media Society. Exploring futures and alternative
visions, most of the selected videos are shown for the first time.

There are 9 videos by 11 artists including (in screening order):

Arash Khosronejad, Anahita Hekmat, Arash Hanaei , Nassrin Nasser, Maryam Katan and Shaahin Peymani , Elnaz Salehi, Milad Forouzandeh and Mohsen Hazrati, Nazanin Aharipour, Ramin Rahimii.

The videos will be embedded on the following link:

“Dust to Come…” Curated video program by New Media Society
The future is blurry; we made countless Macro & Micro mistakes; we know the storm is inevitable; we watch science fiction, or we don’t… The future was never
bright as they promised it to be, for some parts of the world is still as
nonexistent and discriminatory, as if it wasn’t pictured at all and never
predicted.

The colorful plastic future once was pictured dreamy and chic but no one told
us about the dust to come.

Future Threads, a digital program featuring artists, curators, and thinkers
from the Arab world and beyond who engage with social transformations and future
concepts.

If it is an artist’s duty to reflect the times, what does that reflection look
like At this moment of global crisis? Future Threads unpacks the disruptive
potential of art and culture and profiles some of the most innovative and
original responses by artists during this time of the pandemic.

Territorial Challenges – Baku

February 15, 5 pm

This event will mark the closing of the current “Fragile Frontiers” exhibition.

“Territorial Challenges”

Moving Images from Parking Video Library 

Curator’s statement:
The lines which interconnect the works are oscillating between the tangible and the intangible: Water and geography play a role, being shot at Iranian coasts of Caspian sea in Allahyar Najafi’s Row, where the fisherman repeats his attempts which we are offered an intro of Iranian Classical music and its “Maghams” and in Paliz & Kasra’s Apnea, a flood of ladybirds struggling to survive the waves, pause to dry their wings. The passage is made when headless men are moving their bodies fit or obese, the unknown souls caught in a loop of their activities in a tank. While using found footage moving images or sounds alike in are helping us to remember and to forget where we have been, in the heart of a tornado or harsh weather conditions(Anahita Hekmat’s Gah-nameh, in American style villas in Venezuela, built for Iranian engineers (My Calm Town by Amirali Mohhebinejad) or fighting our way forward on the bridge to Tahrir Square(Bahar Samadi’s 101). Language, visual, or otherwise appear and disappear from the scenery Sanaz Sohrab’s notes on seeing double: weaves together observational footage with historical images and wavers between being imaginative, fictitious, or real.
Through a rare juxtaposition of a documentary photograph taken in February 1979 in Tehran and a painting drawn by Rembrandt depicting the famous anatomy theatre of Amsterdam in 1632, on the other hand, The Veronica (“true image”) a short video by Zeinab Shahidi Marnani, investigates the story lingering between the truth and whatnot, a territory yet to be discovered.
When necessary the pace is sometimes slow, inviting us to immerse and returning us to a wake-state or better a Deja Vu, as shadows of the city appears we are confronted by unidentified roads(Nebras Hoveizavi’s), struggle to define personal space (Roya Keshavarz’s Khalvat) or the right to the city being threatened by gentrifiers(Niyaz Saghari’s Charcoal Alley). The finale also depicts a mountain route, shot while climbing down with a cable car, Contradictory Scene is revealed as we witness human changes in nature, marking pure environment deformed by boundaries, barriers, and fences.

http://newmediasoc.com/rl_gallery/territorial-challenges/

Participating Artists:

Anahita Hekmat | Nebras Hoveizavi | Roya Keshavarz | Amirali Mohebbinejad | Siavash Naghsbandi | Allahyar Najafi | Kasra Pashaei / Paliz Khoshdel | Niaz Saghari | Bahar Samadi | Mojtaba Saranjampour | Zeinab Shahidi Marnani | Sanaz Sohrabi

Continuous | Multimedia Performances

New Media Society in collaboration of Vali Art Gallery Presents:

Continuous (Motavali) | Multimedia Performances

Opening: Friday, Feb 14, 2020 – 6 pm
Visiting Hours: 4-8 pm
Visting days: Weekdays except for Saturdays and Friday, Feb 21st.
Motavali (Continuous) brings together various performative positions across different disciplines from Lecture Performance to Multimedia Installations. Projects which are being made, revised or in a state to benefit from public feedback.
Motavali will be on for ten evenings between Feb 14 -25, 2020 at Vali Art Gallery with Talks, video screenings, and documentations.
Projects by:
Leila Ahmadi Bahador Amirhosseini, Shahab Anousha/Mohsen Khedri, Raheleh Bahrami, Kasraa Pashaaei, Saghar Hosseinpour, “Arseh Performance Group”, Farideh Barati, Naghmeh Manavi, Mahoor Mirshakkak
Instagram: @motavaliproject

Public Presentations “Artist/Curators” | with Negar Farajiani


Sunday Feb 2, 2020 | 6pm
New Media Projects
After a brief pause, New Media Society resumes its talk sessions in 2020 with “Artist/Curators”, an array of activities such as events, presentations, and panels in the field of the curatorial. This series of meetings will focus on the works of artists who took the initiative and strived to achieve the spaces and platforms for dialogue and actions. We will examine the on-going or paused projects that can help us imagine, recognize, appreciate, and possibly change and improve the current situation. These sessions will be documented, along with research projects from “Artist/Curators”, to be published gradually via an online platform.
Born in 1977 in Yazd, Iran, Negar Farajiani, trained as a painter and graphic designer, Negar Farajiani works at the convergence of diverse media as an artist and curator. Farajiani plays with the concept of space, both private and public. Increasingly, Farajiani s work has focused on cooperation with other artists and participatory actions. She has presented her practices domestically and internationally through exhibitions and lectures. Recent appearances and exhibitions have been hosted by Yale Macmillan Center at Yale Univesity, New Haven, Connecticut, the Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Iran, the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland, Artissima Art Fair Presented by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, the Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange in Chicago, and Cheryl and Richard Ruszat Scholarship at the University of California.
For more info: www.negarfarajiani.com
Tell: +98 21 8882 9253
No 3, Arabi 3 St., Kheradmand Shomali St., Karimkhan St., Tehran – Iran

Public Presentation (1) “Artist / Curators”: Defy the Competitive Norms | Amirali Ghasemi

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
At 6 pm
A Repeated Question: Where Does It Come From?
This presentation began with a set of questions that could help shape the boundaries, position, mechanism, and application of curatorial practice. As the title of the presentation suggests, the focus was on the relative proposition between the artist/curators, not a contrary one, rather the one that may provide a suitable space for collective activities and mutual collaborations.
Historicizing Vs. New Reading
Then an overview of curatorial activities in Iran over the past few decades was provided. The main questions arose on how to survey the contextual activities of the present situation, how to avoid historicizing and how to maintain a critical distance from the active agents involved in the art space to account for a nonlinear or rhizomatic quality, integrity, and continuity.
Visible and Hidden Aspects of the Curatorship
Next, the questions arose whether the current situation in Iran provides the context to define the curatorial activity as a ‘career’, that means a stable profession with protected intellectual property rights.
Defy the Competitive Norms
In the end, Amirali Ghasemi suggested several alternative ways that could replace making the exhibition. Namely, curating moving images and film collections, working with non-profit expert groups, touring curatorial activities, geography-based community work, focusing on libraries and oral history methods as raw material, thinking of the magazine or website as the presentation format and transcending disciplinary borders and turning to other fields such as architecture and literature.

Isfahan Animation Walk


Isfahan Animation Walk 2019
Saturday – Sunday, November 9-10

Animation; experiment and Asifa Isfahan in Collaboration with New Media Society and Parking Video Library Present:

4:30 to 8:30pm

Participating Artists in Alphabetical Order

Kianoush Abedi | Amin Aghaei| Nazanin Aharipour |Mehdi Alibeigi |Hamid Amjadian | Nairy Eivazy | Mobin Eslamie | Mansoureh Ghasemi | Yasaman Hasani | Maryam Kashkoolinia | Maryam Katan | Reyhaneh Kavosh | Amir Kazemi | Somaye Khakshoor | Hajar Komeili | Atefe Mahdiani | Nima Majlesi | Payam Mofidi | Golnaz Moghadam |Payam Mohammad Moradi Khakbaz | Siavash Naghshbandi | Tara Najd Ahmadi | Ali Raeis | Elaheh Rafiei | Ramin Rahimi | Tina Rashidi | Hamed Sahihi | Moin Samadi | Farshid Shafiey | Navid Shahneshin | Mehdi Shiri | Pedram Taghavi | Farsheed Tavakoli | Mahnaz Yazdani

Coinciding with International Animation Day, last year the “Animation Walk” project was realized in Tehran by Animation; Experiment collective and New Media Society, in collaboration with Asifa Iran. It was a one-day animation screening that included 29 works by Iranian artists. The works were displayed in 18 different venues; namely a florist, a bistro, optic store, bookshop, computer store, galleries, and cafes. The addresses were pinned on a paper and on an online map in the districts of Karimkhan Blvd. and Valiasr Junction in downtown Tehran.

The second destination of the project was Vienna, Austria. This time, the Animation; experiment collective and New Media Society, in collaboration with the Hinterland gallery, screened 26 animated films by Iranian artists in various parts of Vienna for a month, from February 16 to March 16, 2019. The Hinterland gallery also offered five guided walking tours, so that the enthusiasts could join them to visit the venues and talk about the works.

Isfahan is the third destination of the Animation Walk project. They will hold this event on Saturday – Sunday, November 9-10, 2019 in the surrounding of Hakim Nezami St. in 24 different venues. The wide range of the screening venues, in various layers of the city, seeks to invite the potential audience to discover new routes and get re-familiarized with the diverse careers through walking in this neighborhood of Isfahan. With the help of these animated films, the project’s collaborators seek to invite visitors to explore the area, new and old shops, offices, etc. Plus, they hope to provide a friendly and useful contribution to the everyday life of the passersby.

Share your experience with us using:

#Isfahananimationwalk

Isfahan Project Team Members: Hajar Komeili | Saba Khaje Ali | Elahe Rafiee | Mobin Eslamie | Zahra Taslimi | Roya Teymouri| Mehdi Shams | Mahshid Naderi | Zorvan Studio

New Media Society: Bahar Ahmadifard | Amirali Ghasemi

Graphic Designer: Erfan Jamshidi

Special Thanks to Minoo Iranpour Mobarake and Maryam Hosseini

Open Panel Discussion on Second Anniversary of “Animation; experiment”

Animation; Experiment in collaboration with New Media Projects #28 | Open Panel Discussion with the Audience

Oct, 23, 2019 | 7 pm
On Wednesday, 23rd Oct 2019, “Animation; experiment” collective is going to kick start its 3rd year by an open panel discussion with the audience members. After a brief presentation on the past two years, we would be pleased to hear your feedback to decide on what improvements should be made in our programs.
In addition, we are going to talk about the ways of further collaboration with our audience, e.g. How to share your suggestion for the future session topics, how to arrange and organize a talk session and finally how we can collaborate on potential research.
Animation; experiment website

Animation, Experiment #27 | Exhibition Review | ( : ) in motion; Limited Access Festival 8

Animation; Experiment in collaboration with New Media Projects | No.27
Exhibition Review | ( : ) in motion; Animation Section of Limited Access Festival 8
Wed, Oct 2, 2019, |7 pm
In the twenty-seventh session, a selection of works from the animation section of the Limited Access Festival 8 will be shown and discussed.
At Limited Access 8, “Animation; Experiment” collective organized a screening program that included various experiences in the field of animation; the program was intended to deal with animation as a process-based approach, not a pre-defined genre.


The following works will be screened:
1- Paraic McGloughlin‌ | Chase | 0:03:16 | 2017
2- Shen Jie | Horse | 0:04:17 | 2014
3- Nikita Diakur | Ugly | 0:11:54 | 2017
4- Caleb Wood | Dumb Run | 0:01:41 | 2014
5- Joseph Pierce | A Family Portrait | 0:05:00 | 2009
6- Paul Wenninger | Uncanny Valley | 0:13:32 | 2015
7- Simon Gerbaud | saVer | 0:08:00 | 2014
8- Zekkereya El-megharbel | stimm along, stimm along, stimm along | 0:01:30 | 2017
9- Annapurna Kumar | Mountain Castle Mountain Flower Plastic | 0:03:08 | 2017
10- Kathy Rose | Mirror People | 0:04:17 | 1974
11- Rop van Mierlo | Young Marco – Trippy Isolator | 0:03:35 | 2017
12- Sijia Ke | Aye | 0:02:27 | 2014
13- Johan Rijpma | Tape Generations | 0:02:30 | 2011
14- Daniel Šuljić (Suljic) | The cake | 0:07:58 | 1997

New Media Projects – No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, North Kheradmand St. Karimkhan Ave. Tehran
Tel: 021 88829253

Multiple Access in Isfahan | Curated by Minoo Iranpour


Multiple Accesses
28-30 Sep 2019
3 to 7 pm
Two generations of Isfahani Video Artists
Curated by Minoo Iranpour
Artists: Shahram Ahmadzadeh Torkmani, Mojtaba Espanyani, Hamid Amjadian, Mana Aghababaei and Howrah Danesh, Morteza Basravi, Farid Bana, Ehsan Tahvilian, Hossein Tahvilian, Paya Khakbaz, Raha Dehghani, Amir Rajaei, Reza Razvani, Forouzan Safari, Elaheh Rafiei, Behzad Zohari,Ali Akbar Farzadi, Arash Fesharaki, Parisa Fahami, Majid Koorang Beheshti, Maziar Mokhtari, Rasoul Moeraknejad, Noushin Nafisi, Samira Hashemi, Neda Hoveyda
Minou Iranpour was of the guest curators of Limited Access 8. Being born and living in Isfahan, she put together a special program for this edition, including sound/video pieces created by 25 artists from Isfahan.
“Multiple Accesses” was screened in New Media Projects and Aaran Projects in Limited Access in Tehran, and now it is going to be screened in Emrooz Gallery in Isfahan in 28 to 30 Sep 2019.
Besides focusing on less seen, forgotten or even neglected works, Iranpour has done her best to bring voices from different generations with various concerns. In Multiple Access, we witness videos with social themes, ones which take on urban and environmental approaches parallel to more personal examples dealing with individual, psychological or even abstract subjects.
The aim of curating the program and juxtaposing the diverse collection of works both from formal and thematic aspects is to present a survey on possible impacts of the living and creating in certain geography on artists’ practice who shared a locality through the span of three decades.
Address: Isfahan Province, Isfahan, 2nd Abshar St, Farshid Alley
@iranpoour
@emroozgallery
@limitedaccessfestival
@newmediasociety
@aarangallerytehran
Multiple Access | Limited Access Festival 8

2019 Summer School for Video, Film and New Media

Introduction:

Initiated by New Media Society in 2018, after 4 years of educational activities,
the Tehran based collective/ archive and library has created a platform for
alternative education to cover the intersection of Inter-media/ Moving Images and experimental film.

The summer school of Moving images and new media finished its second year in
August 2019, The workshops and lectures span over the course of 2 months from June to August in 2 parts. The 1st intensive part focused on various modes of media perception, interview techniques, and transmedia on stage
(theater/dance/performance) among other topics.

And the 2nd part took place during the Limited Access Festival (July 26 – August
2, 2019)

Around video presentation/exhibition design in museums / experimental films /
Video Art scene in Isfahan and Crowdfunding in Art and Media Projects.

This post only focuses on the German lecturers/artists/filmmakers whose
presence made possible with the kind support of the German embassy, we also had
the pleasure of benefiting from workshop leaders and curators from Iran, Turkey,
The Netherlands, Canada, and Austria.

About the Summer School 2019:

  1. Artistic Films – From Materiality to Immateriality | Wolfgang
    Knapp
  2. The Role Of Interview In Documentary Filmmaking | Presenting The
    Oral Storytelling Interview Forms | Friederike Bérat
  3. Video And Cinematography On Stage in Performing Arts, Concerts, and
    Performances | Nazgol Emami
  4. Technic visions from Videonale on tour Program (Screening and
    workshop) | Tasja Langenbac

Workshop by Wolfgang Knapp:

The Main Topic of the Workshop:

Artistic Films – From Materiality to Immateriality – About Changes in Contexts
of Making, Presenting, Perceiving, Interpreting and Distributing Film

Workshop Leader Biography:

Wolfgang Knapp focuses on interdisciplinary projects, art and
the media, curatorial activities, and international project cooperation. Knapp
is professor h.c. At the Department of Fine Arts and Design at Zhejiang
Commercial Technical College in Hangzhou/China and has been the chairperson of
the Commission for artistic and scientific projects at the University for the
Arts in Berlin. He created the udk-Preis für interdisziplinäre Kunst und
Wissenschaft(udk Prize for interdisciplinary art and science).

Date and Period:

– The Workshop started on June 11, 2019, and completed 14 June 2019

– The Duration of the workshop was 12 hours during the 4 days.

Target Participants:

– There Were 12 participants from various artistic backgrounds,
including Filmmaking, Photography, Choreography, Animation, Arts Criticism,
Music Technology and Digital Media, etc.

The Methodology of the Workshop:

– Providing Context on the goals and the backgrounds of participants
and their unanswered questions in their artistic career.

– Brainstorming Regards the definition of Space, Place, and
Atmosphere.

– Exposing Participants to various film perception situations with
the available resources in New Media Projects, namely a cell phone screen,
Laptop monitor, old TV set, wall projectors.

– Leading Open discussions, in both verbal and written form, on
interactive, interdisciplinary approaches to conducting artistic projects.

– Encouraging Collective interactions and practical exercises,
individually and collectively.

The Discussed Questions During the Workshop:

– How Space, time, and chronobiology of film perception influence
using, understanding, and interpretation of films.

– How Many different kinds of technical-based film presentation
(mechanical/analog and digital) could we find in the past two or three decades?

– How Far individual biographies of film perception vary in a given
period? (This Question included a biography-based mapping of individual film
consuming/looking/using).

Public Lecture by Wolfgang Knapp

“Moving Images; Presentation Contexts And the Separation of Perception”

New Media Projects hosted the public lecture on June 15, 2019. The lecture was
in English with consecutive interpretations by the Farsi-English interpreter.

The lecturer’s focus was on recent exhibitions like Venice Biennale 2019 and
shows in China (Shanghai and Hangzhou). In Analyzing the contemporary art
spaces, Wofgang Knapp presented a historical timeline dating back to the Teatro
Olimpico (“Olympic Theatre”) in Vicenza until Joan Jonas installation, named
Moving Off the Land II, at Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo in 2019. The main
points of presenting this wide-ranging spectrum were to highlight the
atmosphere, design, spaces, and recent conditions of looking at moving images in
exhibitions, shows, and screenings to explore if we are observing a gradual
shift from collective viewing to the individual perception context.


Workshop by Friederike Berat: The Role Of Interview In Documentary
Filmmaking

The Main Topic of the Workshop:

This workshop was intended to present a reflection about different interview
approaches in documentary filmmaking, the connection between form and content,
and the responsibilities you should think about before making a documentary and
conducting an interview.

Workshop Leader Biography:

Friederike Berat (born in 1971 in Berlin) is a curator and
filmmaker based in Berlin. She studied directing at ETTIC Paris and has been
making documentaries and video-installations. She is head of s.c.e.n.e 5 Verein
für Kultur und mehr e. V., organizes the exhibition and event space Villa
Kuriosum in Berlin Lichtenberg und is the founder and artistic director of
Circus Charivari.

Date and Period:

– The Workshop started on June 21, 2019, and completed June 23 2019

– The Duration of the workshop was 12 hours during the 3 days.

Target Participants:

There were 7 participants with various artistic backgrounds including
Documentary Filmmaking, Architecture, Photography, Sociology, and Cultural
Economics.

The Methodology Of the Workshop:

  • Performing introductory talk on various methods of interviews, the related
    applications in documentaries, the technical and formal conventions through
    presenting wide-ranging samples.
  • Providing context on the ongoing projects of participants to help them
    select the appropriate practice of interviewing.
  • .

The Discussed Questions During the Workshop:

  • How to conduct an oral history interview?
  • How to film an oral history interview? (Creative choices)
  • How to edit an oral history interview?

The workshop progress

  • Participants Present their ongoing projects and try to comment and share
    their ideas
  • Following up and practicing interview techniques and choosing different
    angles for their final practice.
  • Participants share their own experiences and struggles with their interviews
  • Writing interview questions for practicing terms and theory of Storyboard in
    documentary film
  • Discussing the role of the interview in film, photography and social studies
  • Using interview techniques for research and art practices

Public Screening “We Did What Had To Be Done”

90-min Documentary by Friederike Bérat and Ulrike Ertl + Q&A with the director

The Screening was held at New Media Project on June 20, 2019. There was a brief
artist talk with Friederike Bérat after the screening, the audience asked
questions about her methods in making this specific documentary and the
social/political implications of the interviews conducted during the film.

About:
“We did what had to be done” is a documentary about the role
that women played in the Northern Irish Troubles. “We Did what had to be done”
is a phrase nearly all interview partners used to describe their involvement.
Depending on their political affiliation, however, they meant very different
things with those words: to work in a British Army store, to break out of the
women’s prison in Armagh, to transport bombs, or to educate their children to
become Republican fighters or British soldiers. The women described their roles
in the war as a result of their individual political conviction, but above all,
they saw themselves as those who had to come to pragmatic decisions. With few
exceptions, the women stayed in the background. Unlike their male combatants,
they are rarely mentioned in history books or in the narration of the wartime.
This documentary wants to tell their story.


Workshop by Nazgol Emami:

Video And Cinematography on Stage:
In Performing Arts, Concerts, and Performances

The workshop focus was to encourage the participant to find a connection between
themselves, the surrounding space, and other participants. Based on each
participant’s personal expertise, they tried to carry out a cooperative
interdisciplinary project with the available material and devices in the very
place the workshop was held.

Workshop Leader Biography:

Nazgol Emami was born in Tehran in 1978. She lives and works as
a filmmaker and media artist in Cologne. Nazgol holds a Master’s degree in
Visual Communication from the University of Wuppertal and a diploma in Media
Arts from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

Since her early career, she has been working as a graphic designer in motion
design and a production manager, assistant director for various TV stations
(WDR, the Kinderkanal, Disney Channel, and Super RTL) and film productions. She
created media workshops for children and youngsters on photography, film, and
animation techniques for museums, art institutions, and schools.

She has been making video design on stage for many theatre productions and
musicians, across Germany, Austria, and Greece. Her work has been exhibited and
screened in Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Brazil, France, and the US. Further, as an
interdisciplinary artist, she engages in various forms of media such as video,
animation, photography, design, and architecture in her projects. In her works,
she focuses on socially relevant topics such as Identity, migration and working
life.

Date and Period:

– The workshop started on July 3, 2019, and completed July 5 2019

– The duration of the workshop was 9 hours during the 3 days.

Target Participants:

There were 8 participants with various artistic backgrounds including
َAnimation, Architecture, Photography, and Sound Art and Digital Art.

The methodology of the Workshop:

Various examples were shown to prepare the ground for an opportunity to
carry out small practices and exercises in an interdisciplinary space.

Asking each participant to choose a part of the New Media Projects building
to install their installation.

The participants had to use these five elements in making their
installation: Mirror, Projector, Moving images, Microphone, and a piece of
clothing. They had to present a project statement too.

An exhibition was held in New Media Projects displaying the participants’
projects.

The Discussed Questions During the Workshop:

  • How to change the perception of rooms and spaces via projections?
  • How to combine the live camera with found footage, staged footage, and
    animated videos on multi-channel Projections?
  • What is the workflow?
  • What are the contextual and technical parameters working on a field?
  • Where do different media melt together?
  • How to produce a multi-layered video?

One day workshop by Tasja Langenbach Technic visions from Videonale on tour
Program (Screening Seminar)

Date and Period:

– The Seminar started on July 31, 2019, and completed the same day.

The duration of the workshop was 3 hours.

Target Participants:

There were 14 participants from various artistic backgrounds including
Documentary Filmmaking, Animation, Architecture, Digital Media, Photography,
Sociology curating, and Cultural studies.

Biography:

Tasja Langenbach studied Art History and Cultural Sciences in Germany and Spain.
After working at the ZKM / Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe, Germany for the
exhibition project MakingThings Public – Atmospheres of Democracy, she held a
position as gallery manager at Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany. In the
following years, she curated the yearly film program of SoundTrack_Cologne / See
the Sound in Cologne, Germany, and was responsible for the festival program of
Videonale – Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts, Bonn, Germany. Since 2012
she has been the Artistic Director of Videonale. Tasja Langenbach still
periodically takes part in prize and competition juries, curates video and film
programs for different occasions, contribute to catalogs and teaches in the MA
program Culture, Aesthetics, Media at the University for Applied Sciences in
Dusseldorf.

For Limited Access Festival, Tasja Langenbach presented a special screening
program of the recent edition of the Videonale, REFRACTED REALITIES – a
selection Videonale 2017, as well as a public talk on the history of the
festival and its strategies on the course of decades since 1984, in presenting
moving images in an exhibition format and museum context. The screening/talk and
seminar took place at Bidar School for Art and Literature.

In addition to that she has held a One Day Seminar On One Of The Videonale On
Tour Programs: Technic Visions, Which is composed out of 6 works from the 80s to
today which had been presented in the past Videonale editions. The focus here is
on how artists deal with the technical developments of media technologies, from
an artistic point of view (as artistic material) but also from a social point of
view (how technologies influence social and identity processes).

Public talk by Tasja Langenbach | On Videonale

Videonale – Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts was founded in Bonn in 1984
and since this time takes place every two years. Since 2005 the festival and its
exhibition is located at the local art museum, the Kunstmuseum Bonn. Videonale
is one of the oldest festivals for video and time-based arts in Europe with a
special focus on young and upcoming international artists.

The 17th edition of the festival took place from February 21st to April 14th,
2019 and presented 29 moving image artworks from 20 countries, selected from
more than 1.100 entries under the topic of REFRACTED REALITIES. In optics,
“refraction” refers to the bending of a beam of light, a change in direction
which occurs at the moment when it passes from one medium to another. In its
figurative sense, refraction refers to a critical reflection on the means and
channels of visualization, and by extension, the possibility of our view of
things – how they are, were, or apparently, always have been. Our interest was
to ask what artistic strategies are currently being developed to create
alternative points of view and to integrate new perspectives. Which visual
languages are available to the artist? And how can we use these languages to
enter into dialogue again and discuss how we see things, saw them, or apparently
always have seen them?

www.newmediasoc.com

www.limitedaccessfestival.com

Animation; Experiment #26 | Nikki Schuster

Animation; Experiment in collaboration with New Media Society

Artist Talk with Nikki Schuster
Wed, Sep 18, 2019, |7 pm
Nikki Schuster (AUT), based in Berlin, works as an experimental animated film artist and sound designer. In 2001, she founded her animated film label “Fiesfilm”
In her films, she mixes conventional stop-action with 2D computer technology. Her award-winning films have been screened at numerous international film festivals such as the 2016 “Anifilm” Trebon (Best Non-narrative and Experimental Film), the 2017 “Tricky Women” (Best Austrian Animated Film) and The “Crossing Europe” Linz 2019 (Innovative Award).
In addition to producing her own films, she also works in motion design for theater, television and for installation exhibitions and conducts workshops for animated filmmaking. She received artistic scholarships to work in Paris and Buenos Aires (2010), in Taipei (2012), in Cochabamba, Bolivia (2014), in Mexico City (2015, 2016, and 2017), La Habana, Cuba (2018) and Tehran (2019).

New Media Projects – No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, North Kheradmand St. Karimkhan Ave. Tehran
Tel: 021 88829253
@newmediasociety
@animationexperiment

Yard Video Festival in cooperation with New Media Society


Yard Video Festival in cooperation with New Media Society

August 9, 2019- August 16, 2019
Parking Video Library in cooperation New Media Society participated in the first edition of Yard Video Festival -initiated by ag Galerie- with the three screening programs: Invisible Present Tense 03, curated by Amirali Ghasemi,
Shar(e)d Cinema curated by Marlies Pöschl and screening of a documentary film “Nikolaus Geyrhalter – Homo Sapiens ” selected by Arash Khakpour.

– Invisible Present Tense 3.0 – Curated by Amirali Ghasemi | Parking Video Library
Atousa Bandeh, Aliyar Rasti, Shilan Borhani, Mojtaba Saranjampour, Bahar Samadi, Mehdi Shiri, Nima Bahrehmand, Nebras Hoveizavi

– Shar(e)d Cinema – Curated Marlies Pöschl | Golden Pixel Cooperative
Lisa Truttmann, Viktoria Schmid, Peter Kutin/Florian Kindlinger, Marlies Pöschl/Farnaz Jurabchian, Constanze Ruhm, Lydia Nsiah, Marlene Maier, Ulrich A. Reiterer, Marlene Maier, Ulrich A. Reiterer, Michael Simku.

Munich: A Detour to Tehran

Munich: A Detour to Tehran

July 12 -14, 2019
Screening Programs, Installations, and Talks on Iran`s Capital through Documentaries, Videos, and Experimental Films
Curated by Amirali Ghasemi | Parking Video Library
Cinema Iran The 6th edition of Cinema Iran, a festival of Iranian films, will be held in the German city of Munich from July 12 -14, 2019. Carl-Amery-Saal, Gasteig München | Iranisches Filmfestival München

Organizers and partners:
Cinema Iran, Filmstadt München E. V. in collaboration with Munich City Library, the Cultural Department of the City of Munich, Evangelische Stadtakademie München Parking Video Library, New Media Society and Hinterland Galerie – Vienna.

“Detour to Tehran” is an ongoing screening program in response to an invitation by hinterland galerie. The extensive program first landed at Schikaneder Kino in Vienna on November 2018. New Media Society, the home for Parking Video Library compiled the program, curated by Amirali Ghasemi and with an overlook to the documentaries screened at Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary.

“Detour to Tehran” is now heading to Munich in July 2019 by the invitation of The Cinema Iran Festival as a part of the celebration of Moving Images coming from Iran(s).“Detour to Tehran” puts together documentary films, videos, and experimental films by various participants working on Tehran and its multiple aspects, using moving images for their creative and critical output and their take of mega-city and its inhabitants, stories told by the citizens among them: filmmakers, architects, visual artists, documentarists, photographers and choreographers.
With contributions from: Kaveh Mehrabani, Saman Khosravi, Mehdi Bagheri, Pirouz Kalantari, Alireza Rasoulinejad, Amirali Ghasemi, Bahman Kiarostami, Paliz Khoshde/Zeinab Tabrizi, Jaleh Nessari, Siavash Naghshbandi, Bahar Samadi, Arash Fesharaki, Setareh Jabbari, Ehsan Behmanesh, Arash Khakpour/Arash Radkia, Amirali Mohebinejad, Nebras Hoveizavi, Roya Keshavarz, Mona Kakanj, Foojan Xajeh, Tanin Torabi and Raha Faridi.
Parking Video Library wishes to thank Pouria Jahanshad and Setareh Jazayeri

Videography Open-studio | led by Nazgol Emami


Summer School for Film, Video and New Media Presents:

Open Studio: Nazgol Emami

New Media Projects

Sunday, Jul 7, 2019 | 6-9 pm

 

Nazgol Emami was born in Tehran in 1978. She lives and works as a filmmaker and media artist in Cologne. Nazgol holds a Master’s degree in Visual Communication from the University of Wuppertal and a diploma in Media Arts from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

Since her early career, she has been working as a graphic designer in motion design and a production manager, assistant director for various TV stations (WDR, the Kinderkanal, Disney Channel and Super RTL) and film productions. She created media workshops for children and youngsters on photography, film and animation techniques for museums, art institutions, and schools.

She has been making video design on stage for many theatre productions and musicians, across Germany, Austria, and Greece. Her work has been exhibited and screened in Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Brazil, France, and the US. Further, as an interdisciplinary artist, she engages in various forms of media such as video, animation, photography, design, and architecture in her projects. In her works, she focuses on socially relevant topics such as Identity, migration and working life. Her last short film “The magnifying glass” is an international project supported by the Goethe Institute, Amman. The film is part of the feature film project ›beyond borders – stories of freedom & friendship‹, which has merely aimed immigrant children around the globe as its audience. Since March 2018 “beyond borders” was premiered in German cinemas and was also shown in refugee camps.

 

New Media Projects – No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, North Kheradmand St. Karimkhan Ave. Tehran 

Tel: 021 88829253

@NewMediaSociety

Artist Talk with Minoo Iranpour

Summer School for film, video and New Media present
Artist Talk With Minoo Iranpour
New Media Projects
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – 7 pm

Minoo Iranpour Mobarakeh Born in 1964, Isfahan (IR) works and lives in Isfahan, Iran. she received her B.A in Painting from the Azad Art university of Tehran in 1993 and M.A in Art Research from Art University of Tehran in 2002,Young Cinema Society Diploma Isfahan (1992) (IR ). She has creates Artwork using different media such as painting and video. She is first video artists of Isfahan who were a member of Association of Filmmakers of Isfahan and began his artwork in this field with 8 mm cameras.  The leading artist in the field of video art of Iran and especially Isfahan. She has held various exhibitions and festival around the world, being show in many museums and festivals. She has participated in the 12th National Film Festival Short Film ” SHADOW” Tehran (IR) Awarded first prize for Video art Diapason (2018), Fem Link international video art Collage/ Paris, (FR) (2012-2018),limited access festival 7, ( Iran 2013-2017) Back Room, online talk Artists/ among New York, Tehran, Isfahan (2014), Awarded for video art A+B Mobile Film Festival ” REPORT A WORRY” 2014 Tehran (IR), OPEN DOORS, FORUM EUGENIODE /Almeida, Portugal. The Review of a Decade of Video Art in Iran / Tehran (IR) and Video Persiart, Gongiu Chugnam (Korea) (2013), Athens Video art festival /Greek (2010), International festival film IN VIDEO/ Milan, IT (2007), Museum Für Neue Kunst / Freiburg, DE (2006), 19th International festival short film/Tehran, IR (2002), Several art exhibitions and festival such as Golden Camera award/ Hamburg, DE (1995) and The second Biennial painting exhibition /Tehran, IR (1994) .

Her works are in collations including Museum Für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (DE), Università Degli Studi di Roma3 Archivi, Rom (IT), Fem Link International Video art Academy, Paris (FR) and Parking Gallery, Tehran (IR),  Iranian Women Filmmaker Book, Tehran (IR) Persbook Art book, Tehran (IR).

Screening “We Did What Had to Be Done” | A documentary by Friederike Bérat and Ulrike Ertl


Screening “We Did What Had To Be Done”

A documentary by Friederike Bérat and Ulrike Ertl

June 20, 2019 – 7 pm
New Media Projects

90 Minutes – English with English subtitles

“We did what had to be done” is a documentary about the role that women played in the Northern Irish Troubles.

“We did what had to be done” is a phrase nearly all interview partners used to describe their involvement. Depending on their political affiliation, however, they meant very different things with those words: to work in a British Army store, to break out of the women’s prison in Armagh, to transport bombs or to educate their children to become Republican fighters or British soldiers…

The women describe their roles in the war as a result of their individual political conviction, but above all, they saw themselves as those who had to come to pragmatic decisions. With few exceptions, the women stayed in the background. Unlike their male combatants, they are rarely mentioned in the history books or in the narration of the wartime. This documentary wants to tell their story.

A Documentary in five parts:

  1. Culture and peace
  2. War and emancipation
  3. Prison and relationships
  4. Loss and trauma
  5. Education and future

Concept:

The subjective reality of our protagonists is the central focus of our film. Our interview technique derives from the method of Oral History which is used particularly within the field of the history of everyday life. The contemporary witnesses speak as freely as possible. They decide what they consider to be of peculiar importance. This method also comes close to the Irish tradition of Storytelling that is today still cultivated in Northern Ireland. The stories preserve the cultural inheritance and strengthen the social cohesion of the respective community.

In front of the camera, the women describe their life in Belfast during the Troubles and today in their respective Protestant or Catholic communities in Shankill Road, the Falls or Ardoyne. We already made the experience that the women welcome our interviews as a chance to contribute actively to the historical narrative of the conflict. We also noticed how eager the women are to hear from others in similar circumstances – and how much their stories have in common beyond all social borders.

swim\او | An Open Studio by Setareh Fahtehi

Summer School for film, video and New Media presents:

An Open Studio by Setareh Fahtehi

New Media Projects

June 19, 2019

In her open studio at New Media Projects (swim\او) on June 19, 2019, Setareh Fatehi shared parts of her current researches which have been developed out of her online encounters with her family and friends during the past two years.

In explaining her project; she says “I use the practice of storytelling through screenshots and moving screens to highlight the effect of a temporal frame, focus, and opacity on how the image (story) of my body is pictured. I’ve been practicing choreography as the selection of some fragments from the moving images which are unusually meaningful (instead of useful) and desirable (instead of entertaining). These fragments are chosen and arranged to play with the illusion of coherence.

“Moving Images; Presentation Contexts and the Separation of Perception” | Wolfgang Knapp

“Moving Images; Presentation Contexts and the Separation of Perception” A Public Lecture by Wolfgang Knapp

New Media Projects

2019 Summer School

Saturday, June 15 – 7:30 pm


Wolfgang Knapp on Saturday, June 15 will

The lecture focuses on new exhibitions like e.g. Venice Biennial 2019 and recent shows in China (Shanghai and Hangzhou). The focus will be on the atmosphere, design, spaces and recent conditions of looking at moving images in exhibitions, shows, and screenings. The lecture questions: Is there a slow shift from collective viewing to the individual perception context?

The lecture will be in English with Persian Translation.

The event is open to the public and free, Although the seats are limited.

No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, North Kheradmand St. Karimkhan Ave. Tehran –
Tel: 021 88829253

@newmediasociety

Animation; Experiment #24 | Sheila M. Sofian

Animation; Experiment in collaboration with New Media Society | #24

Artist talk with Sheila M. Sofian

June 12, 2019 | 8 pm

In this session of animated-documentary series, we will have a conversation with American artist and professor; Sheila M. Sofian via Skype, about her works and her technique.

Sheila M. Sofian creates films that investigate social issues utilizing a unique hybrid of animation and documentary. Sofian has produced seven award-winning independent animated films. She recently completed production on “Truth Has Fallen”, a feature length animated/live action documentary about people wrongfully convicted of murder and flaws in the United States legal system that led to these injustices. Sofian has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Rockefeller Media Arts Award, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Women in Film Foundation and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. Sofian is currently Full Professor at the University of Southern California.

For further info: http://www.sheilasofian.com/

@newmediasociety
@animationexperiment

Animation; Experiment #23 | Pooya Razi

Artist talk with Pooya Razi
Screening “The Noise” and “Not Being “

Pooya Razi is a 34-year-old visual artist living and working in Tehran. Flash Art magazine has described his paintings, which have been exhibited in Tehran, Paris, New York and Dubai–as explorations of « the poetry of the human psyche. » Razi holds a BA in Painting from the University of Tehran Arts Faculty. In 2012 He started to create “The Noise”, his first film. The film was nominated for the Grand Prize- International Competition at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival and officially selected for many important film festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2015, « Festival du nouveau cinéma ». Montreal, Canada, “Glasgow Film Festival” Glasgow, Scotland,2015.

Elena Alonso Fernández | Ay mija, no es fácil! (Ay mija, it’s not easy!)

Elena Alonso Fernández - “Ay mija, no es fácil!” (Ay mija, it's not easy!)

Elena Alonso Fernández – “Ay mija, no es fácil!” (Ay mija, it’s not easy!)

Exhibition & Artist Talk
New Media Projects exhibition: May 22 – June 8, 2019
Opening reception, New Media Projects: Wednesday, May 22, 7 – 10 pm 
Closing reception & Artist Talk, New Media Projects: Saturday, June 8

 

Elena Alonso Fernández will show her project “Ay mija, it’s not easy!” during her residency program at New Media Projects: It is a participatory painting project made in collaboration with Cubans, from both the Berlin diaspora and Cuba itself. Ay mija! denies a homogeneous collective identity, and embraces instead the polyphony and contradictions present in the Cuban society.

The biographical testimonies of the participants served as the basis for a series of paintings and a video installation exhibited in Santiago de Cuba (2018). During this exhibition, they invited the gallery visitors to participate and complete the project which was  initiated in the diaspora.

As dialog is one of the central topics of Ay Mija!, the project becomes different meanings depending on the reception context. In a Cuban context it raises questions about the collective identity; in Berlin invites to a reflection about the Euro-centric vision of alterity and opens a door for empathy with “the other” through the biographical testimonies of the participants.

Elena is curious to experience how the Iranian public connects with Ay mija! and continue her research about the potential of participatory projects engaging with different social contexts and audiences.

In addition, she intends to share with the Iranian public the experience of this creative process between Berlin and Cuba – and her experience with other previous collaborative artworks -through an open artist talk on June 8, 2019.

Elena Alonso Fernández is born in 1986 in Vigo (Galicia, Spain), currently lives and works in Berlin. She studied fine arts at Salamanca University. And then she graduated from UdK’s postgraduate master’s program “Art in Context”. For further information: http://elenaalonsofernandez.com/

No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, North Kheradmand St. Karimkhan Ave. Tehran

Tel: +9821 88829253

@newmediasociety

Animation; Experiment #22 | Dante Zaballa

Animation; Experiment #22 | Documentary Animation#2

May 8, 2019 | 7 pm

In this session of animated-documentary series, we will have a conversation with Dante Zaballa via Skype and talk about his works and his unique approach towards using animated-documentary.

Dante Zaballa is a frame by frame animator from Argentina, who enjoys generating a colorful and psychedelic universe by experimenting with diverse techniques. His work is particularly free and dynamic; he combines seemingly messy hand-drawn lines, raw shapes and flickering textures. Animator Dante Zaballa tries to avoid the internet often and draws inspiration from almost everything surrounding him–even watching his neighbors showering.

For further information you can check the following links:

https://www.instagram.com/dantezaballa/
http://www.dantezaballa.com/

Animation; Experiment #21 | Fatemeh Hosseini-Shakib

Animation, Experiment in collaboration with New Media Society #21 | Fatemeh Hosseini-Shakib
Apr 24, 2019 | 6 PM
New Media Projects

Animated Documentary or Documentary Animation, is a relatively new discourse in utilising expressive and aesthetic possibilities of traditional and modern animation techniques and formats to represent or speak about reality and the real. In fact, where the conventional concepts and approaches in live-action documentary fail to communicate, animation articulates.

In recent decades, documentary animation, as an alternative approach to speak or suggest about objective or subjective realities has gained recognition and legitimacy despite serious challenges posed by the orthodox definitions of both animation and documentary. This ontological challenge roots in the seemingly paradoxical accounts of animation as something totally manipulated and controlled and that of documentary film as a not-at-all manipulated, or an objective and unbiased representation of reality by ‘filming’ it. Today, these initial contradictions and disputes in the emergence of the form have provided a fruitful foundation for an in-depth discussion about the fluctuating essence of reality and the impossibility of removing the barrier of representation.

On Wednesday, 24th April 2019, Fatemeh Hosseini-Shakib is going to kick-start the Animated Documentary Season of ‘Animation: Experiment’ collective (of the New Media Society) by a presentation on the theoretical and academic polemics related to the topic, as well as screening a broad range of approaches and practices in relation to such kind of film.

Ghazel | Archives 1993-1999 | Iran

Feb 15 -17, 2019

New Media Projects 

Projects–Tehran
Newmedia projects will host “Archives 1993-1999/ Iran” part of Ghazel’s earlier and less shown video works on Feb 15 -17, 2019. These videos are the pioneer works in the Iranian video art scene: a collaboration of Ghazel with Kaveh Golestan at the Golestan Gallery; a video/ performance show at Gallery 13 (with Roxana Shapour); along with a series of installations that took place in Ghazel’s family orchard in the countryside. This archival show will end on Sunday, with an artist talk with Ghazel, and a discussion with Omid Ghajarian and Pouria Jahanshad.

Artist Biography:

Ghazel was born in 1966 in Tehran.
She received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from L’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Nîmes (France). She also received a B.A. in Film Studies from Paul Valéry University in Montpellier.

She has participated in many international biennials, including the 50th International Exhibition Venice Biennial (Clandestini) in 2003, the 8th Havana Biennial (El Arte con la vida) in 2003, the 3rd Tirana Biennial (Sweet Taboos, Episode 2: To lose without being a Loser) in 2005, the 15th Biennale of Sydney (Zones of Contact) in 2006, and the 7th Sharjah Biennial (Belonging) in 2005.

Her works are in many public collections including: Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou (Paris), MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna), the Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration (Paris), the Aïshti Foundation (Beirut) and the Bic Collection (Paris).

Her WANTED posters are shown permanently in Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration (Paris).

Her recent solo shows are “Black Hole” (2019/Azad Gallery, Tehran), Dyslexia” (2018/ Hinterland Gallery, Vienna) and “Mismappings” (2017/ ISCP Gallery, New York).

In April 2019 she will be in the 13th Havana Biennial.

Ghazel’s work deals with social issues, roots, contemporary migrations, hybrid identities, belonging and the effects of War.  She lived some 30 years outside of Iran but now divides her time between Tehran and Paris.

Moving Dust | Isfahan

Dustopedia: Moving Dust, Isfahan 

New Media Society in collaboration with Mehregan Atelier

Curator: Amirali Ghasemi / Parking Video Library

25 Jan, 2019

Moving Dust features works by Anahita Hekmat, Arash Khosronejad, Arash Fesharaki, Saman Khosravi, Nazgol Emami, Ali Momeni, Minou Iranpour, Amirali Mohebbinejad, Aria Farajnejad, Nassrin Nasser, and Bahram Beyzai, Jale Nessari

Address: No 40, Nilforoushzadeh crossroad, Kasra St, Bozorgmehr st, Isfahan.

More info here:

Moving Dust

Moving Dust | Bandar Abbas

Moving Dust | Bandar Abbas


Curator: Amirali Ghasemi / Parking Video Library

Moving Dust brings together a series of videos from the Parking Video Library revolving around the representation of dust in moving images in the works of artists and filmmakers. Moving Dust features works by Anahita Hekmat, Arash Khosronejad, Arash Fesharaki, Saman Khosravi, Nazgol Emami, Ali Momeni, Minou Iranpour, Amirali Mohebbinejad, Aria Farajnejad, Jaleh Nessari, Tessa Knapp and Bahram Beyzai.

More info here:

Moving Dust

Moving Dust | Kerman

Curator: Amirali Ghasemi / Parking Video Library in collaboration with Yadegaran art gallery

14 – 20 Dec 2018

address: Between Valiasr and Somaye Crossroads | Beheshti St | Kerman | Iran

Moving Dust brings together a series of videos from the Parking Video Library revolving around the representation of dust in moving images in the works of artists and filmmakers. Moving Dust features works by Anahita Hekmat, Arash Khosronejad, Arash Fesharaki, Saman Khosravi, Nazgol Emami, Ali Momeni, Minou Iranpour, Amirali Mohebbinejad, Aria Farajnejad, Jaleh Nessari, Tessa Knapp and Bahram Beyzai

More information here:

http://newmediasoc.com/projects/moving-dust/