Collaborators

Film Screening #57 | Micheal Pilz

School of Moving Images & New Media Society in collaboration with Austrian Cultural Forum in Tehran (OKF) present
Screening of 2 films by Micheal Pilz “Cage” and “Rose and Jasmine”

Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – 7 pm


CAGE

140 minutes, Beta SP, 4:3, colour, PAL

In August 1992 we met for a four-week international symposium on dance, music, and film. As a result, the video State of Grace is a cinematic attempt to a maximum of exertion and a maximum of relaxation basing on the thoughts – among others – by John Cage and Chuang Tzu.

  • It was just a beautiful memory to me, it was something like I built up together with fifty more people and then also what we did with the girl, it had a very nice atmosphere, just really the air stopped, I didn’t do it for them but more I have taken their energies into me to do something together like if you make contact with somebody and you don’t know where it will lead, your movement goes somewhere, and it worked very well and then I walked out and the game was going on and I lost this feeling and from that point on when I lost it, it was not so interesting, my wife told me.
  • Your wife?
  • Yes, she told me at the beginning it was so solid, the atmosphere and the air in the room that you could really have cut it and she saw that, my God, what will happen here till the end if it goes on like this, she was really afraid at a point that it would really go too far maybe, because
    it is so –, and then I lost, I just forgot when I entered again, when I went out maybe this experience to me was too much, I forgot about going on with it, it was just somehow, a satisfaction, I should go home instead of running the whole.
  • Maybe you should not have been so satisfied.
  • Yeah, but how can you do that? Yes, you should get a lot of satisfaction during the work and then you are not so surprised when there is satisfaction at the performance.

    Ferenc Kálmán,
    in dialogue with Raffaella Giordano,
    from the film

Rose And Jasmine
Video, 106 minutes
digi-Beta, 16:9, color, stereo

In ancient China before an artist began to paint anything – a tree, for instance – he would sit down in front of it for days, months, years, it didn’t matter how long until he was the tree. He did not identify himself with the tree but he was the tree. This means that there was no space between him and the tree, no space between the observer and the observed, no experiencer experiencing the beauty, the movement, the shadow, the depth of a leaf, the quality of color. He was totally the tree, and in that state only could he paint.
Michael Pilz, Vienna, April 2010


Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching, you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence. Silence put together by thought is stagnation, is dead, but the silence that comes when thought has understood its own beginning, the nature of itself, understood how all thought is never free but always old – this silence is meditation in which the meditator is entirely absent, for the mind has emptied itself of the past.

Jiddu Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known

A cinematic poem based on the director’s journeys in Iran from 2006-2007. By patiently and gently observing both people and place, Michael Pilz collects images and sounds of ravishing beauty. A meditative experience.
40th International Film Festival Rotterdam, January/February 2011

This event is open to public and free.
New Media Projects: No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, North Kheradmand St. Karimkhan Ave. Tehran
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New Media Talk Series #56 | Sarah Maske

New Media Talk Series #56 | Sarah Maske

Permaculture + Art = Environments of Transition

Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6 pm

New Media Projects

Maria Thereza Alves, Ballast Seed Garden, 2012-2016, © Arnolfini Gallery

Short Abstract

Climate Change, Pollution, Ocean acidification, Extinction, Drought!

These big scary terms are not only big scary terms anymore, we actually see and feel them, in certain areas of the world, already suffer from them. They influence our lives and push them in certain directions. Up until this point, the human species thought it could not be affected long term by external influences at least not as an entire species – But now it begins to dawn on humans that the dualism of “us” and “nature” was only created to make our counterpart usable. We used nature as a resource and changed it without considering that it changes us too.

The changes are talking to us nowadays and we try to listen and understand. That is the reason why art, society, and theory aim at translating what they think to have understood. Scholars like Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway talk about cohabitation of human and non-humans. Stacey Alaimo proposes ‘intra-acting’ as a new approach of having an impact on each other.

Also, Ecological Art is more and more wondering how everything is connected and creates impressions of ecosystems and their changes. They show the status quo of environments of transition. In the form of Participative Environment Artworks, Research Artworks traceable through documentation material as well as Open Air Installations and Performances all referred to as Permaculture Art they let the participant experience the combination of art and ecosystems. The works result in a rather non-hierarchical view of ecosystems, in a network with every actor equally contributing rather than a hierarchical structure with the human species at the top.

This approach is used by Permaculture Design for decades already. The term Permaculture Design was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s and is an ecosystem management method, which aims at creating a sustainable ecosystem.

This lecture sets out to examine how Permaculture Design can be connected to Ecological Art. It aims at understanding how ecological networks are presented in Permaculture as well as in Ecological Art, where the similarities are and why it makes sense to use Permaculture as a lens for complex artworks which work on revealing ecological networks.

Sarah Maske is a doctoral candidate at the University of Potsdam, where she researches processes and networks in Ecological Art. She is a scholar at Brandenburg Center for Media Studies that is kindly supporting her research. Additionally, Maske works as an independent curator and is a member of the board of Grüner Kultur e.V., an interactive association concerning Permaculture and sustainable lifestyle located outside of Berlin. Recently she founded Arta Atelier GbR in Berlin, Germany, together with director Ayat Najafi to promote interdisciplinary projects especially concerning art and ecology. Before that she studied History of Art and Business Administration at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz and worked on numerous exhibitions, e.g. at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Museum Wiesbaden and ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.

Tanakora in Progress…

Parkingallery Projects and New Media Society Present

TANAKORA IN PROGRESS…

Come and join us for a collaborative project which takes place at the intersection of performance / Story-telling / SecondTanak-hand clothes exchange…
Tanakora takes its title from the wide=spred second-hand shops in Iran, named after a character in a Japanese Soap Opera from the 80s, Oshin, The Tv series aired during the Iran-Iraq war and gains such popularity that brought almost everybody at home sharp at 9 pm, when it was on.

The second-hand clothes sellers which got their hands on imported goods to Iran chose the textile chain in the series for their business.

6 years ago, Parkingallery launched its project, Tanakora Parking, which encouraged people to donate/exchange/sell their belongings in a set together with their stories. Try them on, take pictures and write new stories…

in March 2018, New Media Projects changes itself to a pop-up shop, office, and creative repair space, allowing the visitors to participate in the process from pricing to paperwork and from sorting to displaying and sale, though forms which allow them to let their material for exchange or to be sold. The item left will be donated at the end.

You can join Tanakora in progress from Friday, March 2, to Tuesday, March 6, from 11 am to 9 pm.

T-ask: Set in motion | Material from Bremen in Tehran


T-ask: Set in motion
Material from Bremen in Tehran
New Media Projects
Feb 23-27, 2018
4-8 pm
New Media Society invites you to T-ask: Set in motion, an open studio by five artists from Tehran and Bremen: Alireza Mohammadi, Neda Zare, Ehsan Barati, Konstanze spat and Stephan Thierbach

Animation, Experiment #3 | Abstract Animation – 3 | Free Radicals

Animation, Experiment #3 | Abstract Animation-3

Dec 13, 2017 – 6 pm

New Media Projects

In the 3rd session of Animation, Experiment at New Media Projects, following the previous sessions dedicated to abstract animation, we will gather to watch FREE RADICALS, A History of Experimental Film (2011) a documentary film by Pip Chodorov on Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 6 pm. The session continues with an open discussion with presence of Dr F. Hosseini Shakib.


This feature-length documentary provides a vivid, eye-opening, and appropriately personal introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: avant-garde cinema.

Achieving the near-impossible task of doing justice in a mere 82 minutes to this incredibly rich, varied, and expansive domain, FREE RADICALS is as expertly constructed an introduction to the topic as one could hope for, thanks in large part to the film’s privileging of rare interviews with some of the most important filmmakers in the avant-garde tradition (including Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Stan Brakhage, and Hans Richter), and its inclusion of several films in their entirety. The film’s sincere admiration for its subject is best reflected by Chodorov’s own description: “I wanted to share a few of the films I love and introduce you to some of the free, radical artists who made them.”

 

FREE RADICALS | Pip Chodorov |83 mins | 2010

Features: Andy Warhol, John Mhiripiri, Jonas Mekas, Ken Jacobs, Len Lye, Michael Snow, Peter Kubelka, Pip Chodorov, Robert Breer, Stan Brakhage, Stephan Chodorov

Languages: English, French with Persian Subtitles

There is a suggested donation of 10.000 tomans at the door to support the program.

New Media Talk Series #48 | Michael Müller

New Media Talk Series #48 | Artist Talk & Presentation by Michael Müller
Nov 6, 2017 – 6 pm
New Media Projects – Tehran

Michael Müller (b.1970 Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. He studied sculpture with Magdalena Jetelová at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 2015 he has been a professor at Berlin University of the Arts.
Müllers’s work develops out of existing historical narratives, methods and norms: systems which he pushes to their limits by modifying them along fictitious lines. His practice engages with the pictorialization of complex thought processes, whose transformation by various methods constitutes a slow and patient appropriation.
Although largely known for his drawings and paintings, Müller’s approach merges media such as sculpture, installation and performative art with the curatorial practice itself.

Selected solo exhibitions include For All Those Who Trust in Form and Not in Content, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India (2017); SKITS – 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (2016/17); Who’s Speaking?/ Wer spricht?, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2015/16); 18 exhibitions (2011- 2017), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany (including: Berührung; Was nennt sich Kunst, was heißt uns wahrsein?, 2015/2014); Musikstücke und Farben, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai India (2011).

Selected group exhibitions include Farewell to an Idea, Plattenpalast, Berlin, Germany (2016); …und eine Welt noch, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany (2016); 10×10, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Berlin, Germany (2015); Fire and Forget. On Violence, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); 1/1, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam, Germany (2015); One place next to another, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2014); L’Art et La Santé, Sanofi France, Paris (2013); How to make – Ideen, Notationen, Materialisierungen, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany (2012); 360° – Landart Biennale, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2012 & 2010); Dopplereffekt. Bilder in Kunst und Wissenschaft, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany (2010).

For more information contact us:
info@newmediasoc.com

New Media Projects
No 3, Arabi 3, Kheradmand-e Shomali St, Karimkhan Ave.

Monument in Flux | W139 – Asmterdam

Monument in flux
Screening Program Curated by Amirali Ghasemi

29 Oct – 4 Nov 2017
W139 – Amsterdam

With Studio 51(Babar Samadi & Navid Salajegheh), Bahman Kiarostami, Mohammad Hosseini, Susan Bayani, Sanaz Sohrabi, mo H. zareei, Mona Kakanj, Payam Mofidi & Jalaleddin Anvari

“Monument in flux” gathers artists, filmmakers and video essayists living across the globe, from North America to New Zealand via Iran, in the frame of the exhibition “Ideology Meets Implementation” at W139 in Amsterdam. The program tries to invite perspectives on the subject, the fluidity of monuments in our time and the constant changes they face, from ancient Tomb of Cyrus the Great to the unsteady Contemporary Pedestals, and from Sculptural Representations to Performance in Public Space, and from emergence of the Revolutions to fading traces of East Block Heritage, Monument are in the constant state of flux, reshaping and becoming according to what passes in front of them.

About W139

Striving towards free and independent explorations. W139 feels this is urgent now, more than ever. Activating and cultivating artistic and intellectual freedom. To fully trust this process and dare to build further upon that.

Currently, self-organized groups of artists are working on presentations for the space located in the center of Amsterdam. Each group embraces the principles and ambitions of W139 and is actively working to present worlds which one has never seen or experienced before. In developing site-specific presentations the groups are challenged to play a key and initiating role in amongst others the following areas of attention: moving beyond self-promotion, making sensitive, sensory and inclusive spaces, and generating wealth.

W139 is an artist-led production and presentation institution operating since 1979 as the beating heart of experimental artistic practices and providing room for risk.

More info on W139 website.

Hearing Eyes, Seeing Ears | Video Screening

Hearing Eyes, Seeing Ears
A program from the 30th edition of Images Festival – Toronto
New Media Projects
Tuesday August 8th, 2017 | 7 pmCelebrating its 30th year, Images Festival presents a program of short films at New Media Society in Tehran. The Images Festival is a yearly event devoted to independent and experimental film, video art, new media and media installation that takes place each spring in Toronto, Canada.The festival was founded in 1987, originally conceived as an alternative to the Toronto International Film Festival.From forensic analysis of gunshots to handmade gun tattoos in prison, this program of shorts forces us to look beyond the everyday marks and traces of violence that are not readily legible to our eyes and ears.Faraz Anoushahpour is a curator and artist based in Toronto, Canada. He obtained his undergraduate degree in architecture from the Architectural Association in London, and finished his masters in Interdisciplinary arts at OCAD university in Toronto, Canada. He has acted as the programmer at Images Festival since 2016.

Invisible Present Tense 2.0 | video program Kunstraum Potsdam

Invisible Present Tense 2.0 | video program Kunstraum Potsdam | July 16, 2017 | 4 pm | Parking Video Library

with Nima Bahrehmand|Samira Hashemi|Atousa Bandeh|Rambod Vala|Sona Safaei Sooreh|Bahar Samadi|Bahareh Karamifar|Rasoul Ashtari|Hamed Sahihi|Aria Farajnezhad|Simin Yaghoubi|Ronak Moshtaghi|Aliyar Rasti |Sanaz Sohrabi| Mehdi Shiri

The Invisible Present (tense) is an ongoing screening program selected from Parking video Library, The program toured in United States & Brazil in 2011 and 2012 and in 2013 became of part Focus Iran Program at Rotterdam & Gothenburg film festival.

The Invisible Present Tense 2.0 is curated specially as a parallel event to Exhibition Possible worlds and tend to broaden the definition of Moving images and go beyond geographical borders. The latest edition of the program highlights the use of various disciplines video essay, documentary, experimental film, animation, performance and photography. The participating artists—most of them younger than 35 —work within Iran and across the globe. The Invisible Present sheds light on a generation that can not be plainly defined and is often harshly targeted internationally; A generation which seeks to be present and exercise their significant liberty to experiment, while preserving the right to be invisible to many.

The Tehran based video archive initiated in 2004 by Parkingallery Projects and includes Moving Image and Multimedia works by emerging artists from Iran and elsewhere. The series is conceptualized and curated by Amirali Ghasemi independent curator based in Tehran. PVL introduced the vibrant new wave video art scene through a number of events, Screenings, workshops and the Limited Access festival for Moving images, Sound and Performance.

New Media Talk Series #40 | Dafne Narvaez

Sentimental Punk

Dafne Narvaez Berlfein will share her experience about the Sentimental Punk Series that she has been curating in Berlin´s KottiShop Projectraum on a monthly basis since Juli 2015, focusing the talk on on her current research for the project,1960s/80s avantgarde films from female directors, her work on an independent non profit space and the (personal) crossing between art praxis, activism and curatorial work.

New Media Talk And Screening Series #39| Dr. Magdalena Ziółkowska

Procedures of Everyday Practice

Magdalena Ziółkowska holds a PhD in Art History, is a curator and graduate of the Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw, School for Social Research in Warsaw, and Curatorial Training Programme (de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam, 2006/07). She worked as guest curator in Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2006–2010) and curator in Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz (2008–2014) where she initiated and curated a number of projects and publications, among them international platform for researching Central- and Eastern European practices Art Always Has Its Consequences (2008–10), Working Title: Archive (2008–09), individual show by Sanja Iveković. Practice Makes the Master (2009), Eyes Looking for a Head to Inhabit (co-curator, 2011), Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. Facts, Incidents, Accidents, Circumstances, Situations (co-curator, 2013–14).

In 2012 she co-founded Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation (www.andrzejwroblewski.pl)– a NGO devoted to develop and popularise the knowledge about life and work of one of the most inspiring and remarkable post-war Polish artist. Beyond the solo show Andrzej Wróblewski. Constantly Looking Ahead (National Museum, Krakow 2012–13), the Foundation co-published with Adam Mickiewicz Institute a bilingual monography Avoiding Intermediary States. Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957), worldwide distributed by Hatje Cantz.

Since 2015 she is a director of Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Krakow where she co-curated “All Mounds Can Be Seen from My Window” (2015), “Aurélien Froment / Krzysztof Pijarski. Moiré” (2015), “Prabhakar Pachpute  & Rupali Patil. Harbingers of Chaos” (2016). Currently she is working on international conference “Exhibition as a medium of history” (31.03–1.04.2017) and upcoming solo exhibition of Ines Doujak (September 2017).
Her research and writing focus on history of exhibitions and display, artists’ writing and post-war museology.

Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary 35: Mina Keshavarz

Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary hold its 35th Session in collaboration with Rybon Documentary, Studio 12 & New Media Society:

2nd session from City and Urban Man Series

Among the Waves – 2014
Film by Mina Keshavarz
Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 – 6 pm

Among the waves is a documentary about Rogheyeh, is a woman living in the city of Minab in South of Iran and to create a secure job female street sellers established a local bazaar for them. More than 800 women are working there but the municipality is against this…

Address:
No 3, Arabi 3, Kheradmand-e Shomali St, Karimkhan Ave. New Media Projects

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Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary 34: Khosrow Sinai


Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary hold its 34th Session in collaboration with Rybon Documentary, Studio 12 & New Media Society:

1st session from City and Urban Man Series
3 short films by Khosrow Sinai
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 – 6 pm

Program:

A sound that becomes antique 1966
Ars Poetica 1968
Sardi Ahan (1969)

We will watch and discuss 3 short films together with the acclaimed director Khosrow Sinai, the event starts as usual at 6 pm at New Media Projects, sharp and there will be a 10.000 Tomans, entrance fee.IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to reserve your seat with Mr. Masoud Mashayekhi via Telegram or SMS (09032021931).

Address:
No 3, Arabi 3, Kheradmand-e Shomali St, Karimkhan Ave. New Media Projects

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