Moving Dust: Online Screening Program, Talk And Q&A | Parallel Program to Sand Storm Project at Depo – Istanbul

Oct 13, 2020 – 06:30 (GMT+3) Time in İstanbul – 07:00 (GMT +3:30) Time in Tehran, Iran

The Moving Dust program is going to be shown (online via New Media Society’s website) as a parallel program to the exhibition project Sand Storm at Depo, curated by Sarah Maske.

Amirali Ghasemi, Curator and Artist, after a brief presentation about the Dustopedia project and Moving Dust video program will be joined by Sarah Maske, the curator of Sandstorm – And Then There Was Dust, to discuss the program followed by a Q&A.

Films in the Moving Dust program, selected by Ghasemi for Dustopedia, are available at the New Media Society website and can be watched prior to the talk.

Dustopedia is an encyclopedia with the capability for change, or the possibility of adding new entries; archival/live entries of text, image, and film, toward various domains from scientific and ecological perspectives to abstract philosophical matters surrounding dust. In association with the concept of dust, this project tries to explore fundamental questions: what do we know about dust? Is it only floating/sitting matter or there are other layers/readings to this phenomenon? Are we cursed to dust up constantly, or fribble away in comfort? What if we accept it as a condition/space which can initiate change? How the relationship, between the center and the periphery, would be redrawn in accordance with the dust density and/or its inconsistency? How does it make reference to death, decay, and dissolving as the remanence of the pre-existing object? How does its ever-changing composition bring up coercion and exigency?

About the program

Moving Dust, as a chapter of the larger project of Dustopedia, 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 has been shown in various cities in Iran and as well as Obieg magazine in Poland and now it is going to Istanbul. Moving Dust features works by Anahita Hekmat, Arash Khosronejad, Arash Fesharaki, Saman Khosravi, Nazgol Emami, Ali Momeni, Minou Iranpour, Amirali Mohebbinejad, Aria Farajnejad, Jaleh Nesari, Tessa Knapp.

The talk will be online and held in English.

Please register via the link below:

“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

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

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.

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:
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.

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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
Multiple Access | Limited Access Festival 8

2019 Summer School for Video, Film and New Media


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
  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

– 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

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

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

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.

“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

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’

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.


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

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?

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

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 Nesari, 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


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


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


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.

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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:

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

Tel: +9821 88829253


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:

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.

I am a Stone, My name is River | Videos from Tehran / Montreal

VIDEOS TEHRAN /MONTREAL: I am a Stone, my name is river*
Video screening

TEHRAN: Friday, April 12th, 2019 Tehran – 7 PM
MONTREAL: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 – 7 PM

Artists: Nikki Forrest, Pierre Hebert, Nelson Henricks, Nebras Hoveizavi, Olivia McGilchrist, Siavash Naghshbandi, Mehdi Shiri and Simin Yaghoubi.

Curator: Bahar Taheri

New Media projects will host a video night “I am a stone, My name is River”, curated by Montreal-based artist/curator Bahar Taheri in collaboration with Centre des arts actuels Skol and Parking Video Library.
Through the Démart-Mtl’s grant from Montreal Arts Council, Bahar Taheri collaborated with Centre des arts actuels Skol. As a part of this program, they planned a video exchange between Iran and Canada. she chose the theme of ”transformation” and finally, 4 artists from each country were chosen with 9 artworks which will be screened in Montreal and Tehran. A text written by Hanieh Ziaei will also be presented on the screening day.
*The title is taken from the video Still Life, Mehdi Shiri, 2015.

About the Curator
Bahar Taheri is an Iranian visual artist; she was born in Tehran in 1980. Currently, she is based in Montreal. Though principally a painter, she has also produced artistic videos, mixed-media installations, and performances throughout her career. Thus far, she has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Iran, Germany, Austria, and Canada. Most recently, in 2018, her work was at the Centre des arts actuels Skol (Montreal, QC). Apart from her professional experience as an artist, painting teacher and curator, she has also participated as an artist-in-residence at the Salzburg Art Residency in Austria (2012) and at the Münster FAK Project in Germany (2013). She received a BFA (2005) and an MFA in painting (2009) from Tehran’s Sooreh Art University. Since her arrival in Canada, she has also undertaken a variety of additional training in order to perfect and expand her professional knowledge, including courses on engraving, lithography and 20th Century Art History given at Atelier Circulaire, UQAM and Concordia University. In 2018, she was awarded two grants: Alliance-artiste in Visual Arts awarded by Montreal Intercultural Arts (MAI) and Démart-Mtl awarded by the Montreal Arts Council (CAM). Her works are in the collection Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran and also several private collections.

About Centre des arts actuels Skol Montréal
In operation since 1984, Skol is an artist-run center that supports emerging art and experimentation in the visual arts. Skol invites artists and other art professionals (curators, historians, art educators, etc.) to engage with the center as a physical and critical space to produce live experience. Using an indeterminate approach, (that is, one that does not aim for a particular result but that presents the outcome of a research project), the artist-producer, researcher, organizer, thinker… is encouraged to take risks with the center’s usership and produce new knowledge that contributes to the ongoing pursuit of artistic practice.
No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, Kheradmand-e Shomali St., Karimkhan Ave., Tehran

*The title is taken from the video “Still Life” by Mehdi Shiri, 2015.
Image: Stillframe from “Coming Soon in Cinema” by Siavash Naghshbandi, 2016.

The Observed | Video Screening | Amir Farsijani

Amir Farsijani | Video screening
The Observed, 2018 (29 min)
New Media Projects
Mars 8-9, 2019 | 7 pm

During my stay in Antwerp, Belgium, and a conversation with my friends in Tehran, as well in a try to get in touch with the city and even the citizens I became acquainted with the book ” Persian Letters *” by Montesquieu; In His ” Persian Letters “, Montesquieu portrays an image of the European society through letters sent back by two Iranian noble gentlemen to their spouses or crew.

Letters from two imaginary characters who were traveling to Europe and were trying to discover more advanced territories and gain knowledge. Along with this book, I recalled a documentary titled ” News from Home ” by the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Ackerman in 1977. The film is consisting of long film sequences from different parts of New York city which were accompanied by Chantal Ackerman’s narrations, who read her mother’s letters from 1971 to 1973.

The connection between my living experience as a foreigner in the city of Antwerp, Montesquieu’s book in an attempt to critique or read European culture through the use of two Iranian imaginary characters, as well as Akerman’s account of being far from his home and the relationship between his place of residence and its, through the letters that his mother sent, gave me an opportunity to make a new narrative by putting these narratives together.

In this 29-minute video, the audience observes the images from the city of Antwerp, which is taken from an angle lower than the eye and in the cloudy sky as well with a wide-angle, and the camera is fixed and is only observing.

On the pictures, a number of five letters were selected from the Montesquieu Book, which is read by four women, all the papers are about the status of women in Europe and sometimes compared with the situation of women in Iran. This video is in Persian language and does not have any subtitles. The reason for not including subtitles can both be a resistance to the English as the language of the majority and opposition with the presentation of the artist’s work in as minority whose appearance is forced to endorse the taste of the Western audience.

I sent the selected letters to my friend in Tehran and during my stay in Antwerp, and I asked them to record the letters and to send them back to me. Initially, I sent about 10 letters to nine people among my friends, both male, and female, and, of course, I tried to set each letter in a way that each have a small link with the reader, the answers include 5 letters from women and a letter from men. And finally, with the current events and incident and a little bit of direction on the topic, I decided to use women’s voices and letters on women’s issues.

Amir Farsijani

Amir Farsijani (b. 1988, Tehran, Iran) is a multidisciplinary artist who mostly works in photography and installation with a conceptual approach. He is a graduate of graphic design. Daily urban experiences play a major role in his initial approaches to his works. The first step is the documentation of whatever is considered as standards of urban life. He explains that by using photography for documentation, he can more easily go back to the spaces he has been to.

Amir Farsijani usually works with urban objects, and the city is his ‘raw material’.

No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, Kheradmand-e Shomali St., Karimkhan Ave., Tehran


Ghazel | Archives 1993-1999 | Iran

Feb 15 -17, 2019

New Media Projects 

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.

An installation

An Installation
New Media Projects – Tehran
Feb 1-8, 2019
4 – 8 PM

An installation - New Media Projects - Bahar Samadi - Navid Salajegheh - Pooyan Hashemi Tari - Navid Naderi
Navid Naderi, Pooyan Hashemi Tari and “Studio 51” write:
“The current project is a video installation in the making of which four individuals have differently intervened. Four of these videos which have been produced during the last year are displayed separately in four distinct spaces. A different video installation made with various material including sound, image, and text is set up in New Media Society’s main area for a week during the month of Feb (2019). The work is the result of an unplanned process: when interacting in front of the camera, and also when installing the videos, we collectively intervene in the material at hand. The nature of such interactions and the forms which they give rise to depend on the context of the situation, the available material, and the ways in which they may be collectively manipulated. The forms that result from such processes are changing, precarious, and ephemeral. The videos do not have a common theme. Rather, their relation is to be sought in a moving form which appears in the field of forces collectively exerted on the material.”

Navid Naderi writes derivative poems and studies literature. He has worked on the history of philology in the 19th century, and contemporary American and Iranian poetry.

Studio 51 is a collaborative project of Bahar Samadi and Navid Salajegheh since 2014. Their work consists of constructing a series of micronarratives and assemblages which reappear in a here and now that is alternative to the primary time and space of the used material. They recycle and re-employ pre-existing footages and other visual and textual materials, processing them through diverse media, spanning from moving images to performance, installation, and painting. The outputs of these projects are visual, auditory or tactile experiments which create new relations between content and expression of materials. Studio 51 also functions as a laboratory for these two artists to discover new forms for the possibilities of “working together” and, ultimately, to observe the way they evolve from one project to another.

Pooyan Hashemi Tari has been engaged with various mediums such as painting, sculpture, installation, video art and performance. His works are ‘self-processes’ aiming to evoke questions in order to reexamine our understanding of the ‘self’. He considers this process to be successful if it could preserve the complexity of the very general yet ambiguous question of ‘who I am.’ Central to the idea of self-process is the interrogation, and perhaps even transformation, of the innate or acquired thresholds, which, unbeknownst to us, have already formed the internal and external boundaries of our conception of the self.

No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, Kheradmand-e Shomali St., Karimkhan Ave., Tehran

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

Knockout Tournament

Knockout Tournament: Conversations over a ping-pong table

New Media Projects coinciding with Tehran Art Week will host an unusual series of talk in a new format: a meeting around a Ping-Pong table and on the occasion of a Knockout Tournament. These conversations take place between the artists who have a gallery representing them and the ones who work independently by invitation and open call, grouped randomly by draw. While playing ping-pong which also reminds us of the cross-talks between the two, The artists after a brief introduction will share their thoughts on their artistic practice and their experience working as an artist with each other and the viewers. And the winner will take a symbolic trophy home, while the core idea and the real victory will be beginning new paths, knowing new people and by engaging in ever needed conversations in this very moment of time. Knockout Tournament: Conversations over a ping-pong table

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 Nesari, 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

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Artist talk by Wojtek Blecharz and Zorka Wollny

New Media Society in Collaboration with Kandovan Art Residency & Pejman Foundation
Artist talk by Wojtek Blecharz and Zorka Wollny

Where: New Media Projects: When: Thursday – Nov 22, 2018 – 05 to 07 pm

Part of a curatorial research trip organized by Kasia Sobucka, Arts Territory and artistic residency at Kandovan, Pejman Foundation

During her talk, Zorka Wollny’s will focus on the subject of choreographing music. She will discuss what kind of work it is to create acoustic compositions for institutions, factories, and empty buildings. Her work functions at the boundary between the theatre and visual arts and are strictly related to the architecture. She collaborates—in a director-like mode—with musicians, actors and dancers and, every time with members of local communities too. Zorka will also look at the importance of preparation, collaborations, topics, and audience.
Wojtek Blecharz will give a presentation on his 3 operas-installations: “Transcryptum”, “Park-Opera” and “Body-Opera”. He will discuss the new approach to the libretto in his works, the role of sound as well as the participation of the audience.
New Media Projects: No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, N. Kheradmand St, Karimkhan Ave. Tehran – Iran


Wojtek Blecharz was born in Gdynia (Poland) in 1981, in 2006 he graduated with honors from Frederic Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw (Master of Arts), in 2015 received a Ph. D. in music composition at University of California San Diego. Since 2012 Blecharz has been curating the Instalakcje music festival at Warsaw’s Nowy Theater, featuring non-concert music: sound installations, performance installations, sound sculptures, music videos, music theater, and Blecharz has also directed both of his opera-installations Transcryptum (2013) commissioned by Grand Theater-National Opera in Warsaw and Park-Opera (2016) commissioned by Theater Powszechny in Warsaw. Currently preparing the third opera installation Body-Opera commissioned by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (premiere November 2016).In 2013 he was selected as one of the winners of the IMPLUS International Composition Competition in Graz. In 2015 a theater/choir piece with Blecharz’s music Mutter Courage und ihre Hunden directed by Marta Górnicka, commissioned by Staadtstheater Bruswick was acclaimed as one of the best 60 performances in Germany.
Recently Blecharz premiered his new installation Axis commissioned by Goethe Institute in Warsaw and Polish Institute in Berlin; composed and directed a new theater piece SOUNDWORK for 8 actors, commissioned by TR Warszawa; new piece for Syrian and western instruments Music for invisible places, commissioned by International Contemporary Ensemble to celebrate to 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center in New York. In October 2016 Blecharz will be participating in Ari Benjamin Meyers’ 15-day installation at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin composing daily for 4 hours at the museum.

Zorka Wollny was born 1980 in Krakow, Poland. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Her works function at the boundary between the theatre and visual arts and are strictly related to the architecture. She collaborates—in a director-like mode—with musicians, actors and dancers and, every time with members of local communities too. Her works have been exhibited at the most prestigious contemporary art institutions in Poland: Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Museum Sztuki in Łódź, Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdańsk, National Museum in Krakow, National Museum in Gdańsk, National Museum in Szczecin, Wrocław Contemporary Museum – and form part of their art collections. Most recently her works have been presented at: the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre in Berlin (2018), CTM Festival in Berlin (2018, 2015), Savvy Contemporary in Berlin (2017, 2016), De Appel in Amsterdam (2017), Heroines of Sound Festival in Berlin (2017), International Studio&Curatorial Program in New York (2017), Tartu Museum of Art (2017), Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst in Oldenburg (2016), Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London (2014), Jazz and Experimental Music Festival in Istanbul (2014), Akademie der Künste in Berlin (2013.
She works as an associate professor at Stettin Art Academy.

Arts Territory is a London based non-profit arts organization. Initiated as a vehicle to develop creative links between Polish and UK artists and to provide a support network for international creatives interested in engaging with Polish arts, Arts Territory has developed into wider territories of investigation. Our current artistic programming is dedicated to new commissions and cross-border collaborations, development of politically informed, critical discourses that explore issues of cultural identity in a contemporary art context. We hope to inspire new, challenging art and facilitate dialogue between artists internationally. We are also dedicated to bridging the gap between what is considered music and art by giving space and attention to both mediums equally. Arts Territory fulfills its mission in a variety of ways including exhibitions, festival, through commissioning, research projects, and publications. Through meaningful dialogue with a wide range of venues and collaborators, we present projects across the UK and internationally.

New Media Projects: No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, N. Kheradmand St, Karimkhan Ave. Tehran – Iran

Supported by the Arts Council England’s Artists International Development Fund granted to Kasia Sobucka.

Detour to Tehran – Vienna

Detour to Tehran

A film program curated by Amirali Ghasemi | Parking Video Library
with special thanks to Pouria Jahanshad | Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary

“Detour to Tehran” is a two-day screening program at SCHIKANEDER Kino in Vienna on November 17-18, 2018. The program is made in response to an invitation by Hinterland Gallery, curated by Amirali Ghasemi and the Parking Video Library. The screening takes place parallel to an exhibition featuring works by Iranian artists with an emphasis on the city of Tehran as the central theme. “Detour to Tehran” puts together documentary films, videos, and experimental films by various individuals working on Tehran and its many aspects using moving images, among them: Filmmakers, Architects, Artists, photographers, and choreographers…

With contributions from:
Kaveh Mehrabani, Saman Khosravi, Mehdi Bagheri, Pirouz Kalantari, Alireza Rasoulinejad, Amirali Ghasemi, Bahman Kiarostami, Paliz Khoshdel, Zeinab Tabrizi, Jaleh Nesari, Siavash Naghshbandi, Bahar Samadi, Ehsan Barati, Arash Fesharaki, Setare Jabbari, Ehsan Behmanesh, Arash khakpour, Arash Radkia, Amirali Mohebinejad, Nebras Hoveizavi, Roya Keshavarz, Mona Kakanj, Foojan Xaje and Tanin Torabi.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
5 pm
| Black & white (TEHRAN KALEIDOSCOPIC) | Kaveh Mehrabani | 2013-2018 | 80 min
| The Destructed Ones | Saman Khosravi | 2016–2017

7 pm
| Residents of one-way street | Mehdi Bagheri | 2015 | 72 min
| Reading Salinger in the City Park | Pirouz Kalantari | 2011 | 29 min

| Exteriors | Alireza Rasoulinejad | 2004 | 70 min
| Video diaries | Amirali Ghasemi | 2004

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018
5 pm
| Statues Of Tehran | Bahman Kiarostami | 2008| 60 min
| Street Sultans | Paliz Khosdel – Zeinab Tabrizi | 2010 | 39 min

7 pm – short films
| Fleur Cinema | Jale Nesari | 2018 |
| Tehran Metastasis | Siavash Naghshbandi | 2016
| The Plasco Building | Bahar Samadi | 2017 | silent
| String | Ehsan Barati | 2018
| Workers Say Goodbye to the Sun | Arash Fesharaki | 2013
| Some ways to reach revolution | Setareh Jabbari | 2009
| Room No. 28, The Floor to The Roof | Ehsan Behmanesh | 2007
| Tehran Zoo | Arash Khakpour, Arash Radkia | 2009

9 pm
|Amirali Mohebinejad| 27 Minutes to Go | 17:00 | 2009 |
| Tanin Torabi | The Dérive | 7:39 | 2017 |
| Roya Keshavarz| Khalvat|07:37|2016|
| Rat Race | Mona Kakanj | Video | 2016
| Red Noise | Foozhan Xajeh | 2018
| Does the road offer a clue? | Nebras Hoveizavi | 2018

Margaretenstraße 24, A – 1040 Wien
(tgl. ab 18 Uhr) : 01/ 58 52 867

Adapting to Invisibility – Lajevardi Foundation

Adapting to Invisibility
Vefq be Na-Peydaei
Lajevardi Foundation
Curated by Amirali Ghasemi/ Parking Video Library
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 – 7 pm

Anahita Hekmat | Mehdi Shiri | Hamed Sahihi | Tessa Knapp | Ronak Moshtaghi | Narges Naseri | Tala Madani | Payam Mofidi | Nebras Hoveizavi | Simin Yaghoubi

Adapting to Invisibility is Amirali Ghasemi ’s response to a kind invitation from Sussane Bürner, artist, and curator based in Berlin. Parallel to the Mimicry – Empathy Exhibition held at Lajevardi Foundation – Tehran, a one-day video screening program is organized to explore the similar yet varying path taken by various artists living across the globe. The approaches frequently deal with the body, its image and often surrounding sceneries. The program reveals both the vulnerability of human beings and the way they chose to protect/express themselves in confrontation to
the outside world.

Moving Dust | Shiraz

Moving Dust

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 Iranian 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, Nassrin Nasser, and Bahram Beyzai.

The program starts with a TV glitch familiar to many Iranians living inside the country, followed by freewheeling cameras, concerned souls, onlookers, and workers moving “Dust.

In Keanser (Cancer), Arash Khosronejad, a musician, and a digitalartist uses the lowquality signals on satellite television to create a suspensescape where a floating fog of noise leaves no room for escape from the immersive darkness. There have been speculations about the waves which are sent to interfere with satellite signals in Iran and some strongly believe that they are causing cancer in people.
Ali MomeniSmoke and Hot Air which was created in collaboration with Robin Mandel takes on the everincreasing threats against Iran. The machine is created to pick up news featuring sentences that include “attack Iran are scavenged from Google News and spoken using a texttospeech synthesizer. The voice is then picked up by a microphone, analyzed, and translated into rhythmically corresponding smoke rings from a quartet of smoke ring makers. While signaling fear, translated on the spot from threats spread worldwide into identical smoke rings coming out of an unstoppable machine, the room is gradually filled with smoke as the tension rises. This 2008 piece, is still valid and pertinent ten years later where an uncertain shadow is hanging over us all.

At The End of the World is ..., Mohebbinejad tries to recreate a void, juxtaposing the dialogues from the film Naked  directed by Mike Leigh  with images of floating dust particles, unknown shimmering creatures as he puts it, “coming into being and passing away. This dystopian piece uses minimum requirements to depict the moment dust particles, their eminent presence in every space, are activated by a ray of light and then shuts down every other second.

Minou IranpourBein is an abstract journey, an alienated landscape based on her life experiences as she puts it, Bein is something happening “in between. Abstract images shot with a digital camerado not leave much to interpretation while the sepia tone applied on the film, fades traces of any familiar scene which can lead to any possible guess. Iranpour wants the viewer to stay with her on this short journey.

Anahita Hekmat has two pieces in Moving Dust: ArgeBam (CITADELLE), revisits the aftermath of a 6.6 earthquake in the city of Bam, in the Kerman province of southeastern Iran, which destroyed Arge Bam, the worlds largest adobe structure, dating back to at least 500 B.C. The trace, which was made a year before, follows a journey to Shahda, a village near Yazd, which is one of the last places to resist the encounter between Islam and Zoroastrianism in Iran. Hekmats camera often follows a historic trail and arrives at locations which have been collecting dust for a long time like a windeven when its too late.

Nassrin Nassers fragile and illuminating Raining Ashes transports us toward an uncertain moment of decision which some of us might be familiar with: a fictional relationship between a prisoner in solitary confinement and an activist. The prisoner is imagining the activist writing to her out of vigilance and sympathy. Finally, the illusion turns out to belong more to the writer than the prisoner.

A witness, a virtual activist, or a performance artist? Aria Farajnezhad elaborates on this in his video piece: “All solid video performance is a dark metaphor, which ridicules itself too. The image of a man facing a pile of raw materials is not staged or lighted. The industrial shed remained intact. The only theatrical role is taken by the artist. The permanent shouting, which causes a dramatic atmosphere in the first part, seems poor and absurd when it is being performed in the empty space. All is solid melts into air, even the monument of the artists heroic act.

There are three pieces in Moving Dust, featuring workers; all busy demolishing and building Tehrans cityscape. Their fragile condition and that of their working conditions are reflected in three fragmented perspectives from documentary cameras to Bahram Beizais scene from his nationally acclaimed feature film “Killing the Mad Dogs, portrays Golrokh Kamalis struggle in the concrete jungle of postwar Tehran. The workers influx as their employers money in Iranian Rial bills being thrown in the air by Golrokh, sends mixed signals of how Beyzai depicts them transforming from obedient servants to greedy hooligans, raiding their bosses possessions. Arash Fesharakis sunset landscape is as bitter as it is stunning as the sun goes down and workers are destroying the villa which they are standing on to make space for a tower obscuring the same view. And finally, in Saman KhosraviThe Destructed Ones, as the artist wakes up to witness the night shift of destruction next door he writes: “When an old building in front of my work studio was being demolished I started shooting its gradual disappearance, but while I was recording the demolition, the construction workers and their miserable conditions caught my attention and instinctively I got my camera focused on them instead.

As the program reaches the end and is about to be looped soon, we reach the final piece by Nazgol Emami, a viral soundscape described by her, created around and named after, a computer virus called “you are an idiot :) :) :)

Amirali Ghasemi  April 2018

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Tessa Knapp | Video Installation

The media artist Tessa Knapp works time-based and cross-genre between location-based installation and video art on language performance, and experimental film and will travel to Iran to hold a guest exhibition at New Media Project and artist talk at Haan Gallery, Shiraz in October 2018.

She was born in 1981 in Stuttgart. She studied media art at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and graduated in 2007 with honors from Marcel Odenbach, Matthias Muller, and Siegfried Zielinski.

Since 2005, Tessa Knapp has been represented at exhibitions and screenings internationally, including the Videonale 9 and 11 at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Biennale Balticum at the Rauma Art Museum Finland, the Hongh Gah Museum Taipei and the Museo Paco Des Artes Sao Paulo.

They were also presented at festivals such as the New York Video Festival, the European Media Art Festival, the Transmediale or the film festival Max Ophüls Prize. After a working scholarship at Atelier Galata Istanbul in 2009, she received the Zonta Prize of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen for the video work 99 Beautiful that was also broadcasted on television and became part of the art collection „Kunst aus NRW.In 2016, Tessa Knapp received the Horizont-Raum-Award, traveled to Armenia and Georgia as a scholarship holder of the Women’s Cultural Office NRW and was represented at the Tbilisi Literary Museum. In 2017, Knapp exhibited at the Museum Cavazzen Lindau and developed a site-specific intervention and group exhibition at State Silk Museum Tbilisi, entitled “Museum of Transformation“ presenting a museum of change. In 2018 she presents a new site-specific light installation at Kunstverein Brühl and receives the artist residency of Queens Collective Marrakech, Marocco. Since 2009 she has also worked in many interdisciplinary and participative productions in the fields of performance, dance, music, and sound. Among the collaborations with choreographers, sound artists and dancers a digital storytelling workshop in Nairobi, a play and video graphic music theater for young refugees and more recently a performative work laboratory for voice, language and non-verbal forms of expression.

Artist talk and Screening  by Tessa Knapp – Wednesday 10.10.2018  – 6 pm

Exhibition 11.-28.10.2018 – Opening Friday from 5 to 9 pm Saturday to Tuesday by appointment (write us at

This art project is funded by ifa, German Institute for Foreign Relations”

New Media Projects – Tehran

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


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

Summer School of Moving Images

School of Moving Images

New Media Society

June-July 2018

New media society is pleased to announce its first [summer] School of Moving Images to be held in June and July 2018. New Media projects in collaboration with Cultural section of German Embassy, Goethe institute and Austrian Cultural Forum in Tehran (OKF) will host a series of seminars, workshops, screenings and talks together with artists, filmmakers and lecturers from Iran and abroad. These programs offer a diverse selection of disciplines, working methods and mediums around the subject of moving images: from experimental cinema to video art and from animation to augmented reality. Using film to new technologies create moving images different working strategies from interview to found footage, and from video essay to expanded cinema. The school hopes to facilitate a space to share knowledge and experience in the absence of academic and professional institutions by tracing a wide range of topics such as the progress moving images in art history to the socio-political aspects of experimental cinema, by referencing key figures and art pieces. Parts of the workshop is also designed cover the practical/technical side of the medium, to help participants in the process of their projects, helping them to enhance their work by knowing more about editing and sound. Reaching to an understanding of experimental ways of expression and extending the medium’s definition and potentials by various means such as group projects, feedback sessions and film screenings, is the aims of this interdisciplinary summer workshop.


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.

New Media Talk Series #55 | Sabine Kelka

New Media Talk Series #55 | Sabine Kelka
23 April, 2018 – 6 pm
New Media Projects

Sabine Kelka works in the field of exhibition design and scenography, with focus on the graphic and space design. She collaborates with different designers, artists and manufacturers in order to realize exhibitions and cultural projects.

After graduating in communication design in the Netherlands in 2012 she worked in a serigraphy textile print studio and gallery in Berlin. Her following master studies in Berlin brought the specialization of spatial design. In 2017 she produced an exhibition with electronic music instruments. Her final thesis examined the possibilities of exposing music with visual and physical elements. Recently Sabine is working in a studio for 3D objects and architecture mockups, producing objects and models on scale. She is interested in the intersection between the planning and production of physical objects and art installations.

In her presentation, she is talking about the aspects of producing exhibitions in museums and the possibilities and responsibilities of a designer. Besides general introduction, she presents the different stages of the production and experts involved based on some examples of exhibitions she worked on.

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


Dustopedia, a collective research project by New Media Society
from April 20, 2018
New Media Projects

visiting hours:
Fridays 5-9pm and Weekdays by Appointment

Dustopedia (Ghobar-Nameh/ غبارنامه)  is an ongoing research, archive curatorial project which defined by New Media Society in response to an invitation by Anna Ptak, the curator based in Warsaw and meant to be exhibited in Warsaw in 2015 along with the project DUST/KURZ/غبار.

It is an encyclopedia around the theme of dust, bringing together its appearance and reappearances of the subject through various media such as text, moving image, and found materials.

Due to some problems and complications, Dustopedia wasn’t released during the exhibition, and the team decided to continue the project on their own and present it when another opportunity occurs in Iran. Meanwhile the archive was growing in many directions, and finally, in early 2018, New Media Society decided to dedicate its project space to Dustopedia for two months starting in April. The project is consist of an ever-changing wall installation, a study room and a screening area for talks and presentations.

The subjects which are being researched are varying from representation of dust in documentary and feature films, work on paper, collecting News pieces and paper clippings regarding the micro-dust crisis and the environmental issues caused by the water shortage and drought to side effects of the wars in the region, as well as philosophical and metaphorical readings of dust in literature, poetry and film. The project invites the viewer to participate actively in the process by engaging in the conversation within various related disciplines and helping the archive by submitting materials and expanding the entries of the Dustopedia. The result is imagined in the format of an internet website and a possible publication.  

In association with the concept of dust this project tries to explore fundamental questions such as: what do we know about dust? Is it only floating/sitting matter or there are other layers/readings to this phenomenon? Are we cursed to dust up constantly, or just fribble away in comfort? What if we accept it as a condition/space which can initiate change? How the relationship between the center and the periphery, would be redrawn in accordance with the dust density and/or its inconsistency? How does it make reference to death, decay, and dissolving as the remanence of the once existed object? How does its ever-changing composition bring up coercion and exigency?

        Despite its popular definition, the word ‘dust’ can be taken as a signifier to separate the periphery from the center – as the place which the power is concentrated in and should be kept clear, pure and visible at any price; but the periphery, on the contrary, is a place/space for dust. It is always expelled/discarded to some remote places out of sight, dust will not attract any attention until it reaches the center. Maybe that’s why the outcasts and the forgotten are always associated with dust. Center is a place worthy of sweeping, hence dust and rubble are the largest export to the marginal territories; nobody bothers to sweep the periphery.

        Dust always gets on the news when it is too late – everywhere is filled with it. The Settled dust completes the process of opacity and hypocrisy, it devours the structures of power or transmutes them in itself. (9/11 and the 1st and the 2nd Persian Gulf War).

The collected dust, on the other hand, refers to the archive, the analog and the history and all those nostalgias attached.

        Dustopedia is an encyclopedia with the capability for change, or the possibility of adding of new entries; archival/live entries of text, image, and film, toward various domains from scientific and ecological perspectives to rather abstract philosophical matters surrounding dust. Various portions of it get completed in the course of time and in the process of collective search and investigation. To separate these interconnecting matters, chapters and entries are designated to be filled with found objects/footages/text fragments, these entries – themselves – will be also capable of expansion.

New Media Projects

No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, North Kheradmand St. Karimkhan Ave. Tehran
Tel: +9821 88829253

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New Media Talk Series #54 | Mona Kakanj

New Media Talk Series #54 | Mona Kakanj
New Media Projects
Tuesday April, 3 – 2018

Mona Kakanj is an Iranian artist based in Cologne, Germany and graduated in Media arts from KHM. In her works, Kakanj conveys an unusual perspective. By questioning norms and setting objects or concepts outside their conventional contexts, she takes a critical approach toward known notions. Her works reflect on themes including perception, violence, belonging, personal and cultural identity. Applying different media and methods such as texts, installations, videos and photography, the subject matter of her work, however, remains familiar.

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


Tanakora in Progress…

Parkingallery Projects and New Media Society Present


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

New Media Talk Series #53 | Katarzyna Sobucka

Katarzyna Perlak, Niolam Ja Se Kochaneczke, 2016, Video still

Katarzyna Perlak, Niolam Ja Se Kochaneczke, 2016, Video still

New Media Talk Series #53 | Katarzyna Sobucka
The Illusion of Return
Jan 18, 2018 – 5:30 pm
New Media Projects

Katarzyna is a cultural producer, curator, and founder of Arts Territory. Recent projects include: Hunger Is/Isn’t an Object with Karolina Brzuzan Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2016; Myth, Artisterium 2015; Foreignness of Sound, ICA, London, Café OTO and SOAS, 2014 and Non-Static Depiction, residencies and exhibition series, 2013. Katarzyna also curates experimental music for the JEMP festival she initiated in 2012. She is currently working on a commission-based project, The Illusion of Return supported by a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage that examines issues surrounding the concept of home and belonging. Katarzyna holds a BA(Hons) in Art History from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Culture, Criticism, and Curation from Central St Martin’s. Currently, she is one of 10 selected curators taking part in the Beyond the Frame, 22-month professional development programme led by International Curators Forum, London.

Katarzyna is currently in Iran at New Media Society research residency and will speak about her recent project The Illusion of Return on Thursday, Jan 18, 2018. at 5:30 pm and followed by a Q&A at New Media Projects.
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New Media Talk Series #52 | Vandad Farhady

New Media Talk Series #52 | Vandad Farhady

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018, 6 pm
New Media Projects

Vandad Farhady is a video game artist and illustrator who is trained in the European game production pipeline. His passion about storytelling, specifically in video games, has driven him towards studies on cinema and classic literature in search for creative solutions concerning forming up a visually efficient narrative-line in the interactive manner of video games.

Soon in Winter 2018, Farhady in collaboration with New Media Society is going to hold a series of workshops about methods of storytelling and narrative in video-games based on lessons learnt from the treasury of cinema and literature. New Media Project will host an artist talk and presentation by Vandad Farhady on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018, at 6 pm as an introduction to his workshop and to discuss the context he is researching on.The session will be held in Persian, free for all to attend.

New Media Projects: No. 3, Arabi 3 Alley, N Kheradmand, Karimkhan Ave. Tehran.

New Media Talk Series No. 51 | Yasi Alipour

New Media Talk Series No. 51 | Yasi Alipour
Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 – 6pm
New Media Projects – Tehran

Yasi Alipour is an Iranian artist/curator/writer based in New York, currently pursuing her MFA at Columbia University. Holding dear the oddity of her homeland, she currently is thinking back at history, as memories mixed with nostalgia and trauma; and marvels on the future, made through, despite, and beyond institutes. She ends her days wondering about the politics and possibilities of despair. Her performance and installations has appeared in Art in Odd Places, P.P.O.W., Wallach Art Gallery, Flat Iron Project Space, Miami Pulse Art, ATP, A.Pop, The Greenpoint Gallery, to name a few. She has written extensively for the Brooklyn Rail, Photograph Magazine, The Dear Dave, and Arte East. Her latest curatorial project was realized at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery.

In this talk, Yasi Alipour will explore what space—within the global art-world—that artists falling beyond the hegemonic discourses occupy. To open this discussion, Alipour will present her recent interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and marvel on the role of the artist as facilitator—of opportunities and platforms—for the community.

New Media Projects: No. 3, Arabi 3 Alley, N Kheradmand St, Karimkhan Ave. Tehran

Tel:+9821 88829253

Animation; Experiment #3 | Fatemeh Hosseini Shakib

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 #50 | Amin Moghadam

New Media Talk Series #50 | Amin Moghadam

Dubai-Abu Dhabi: From port cities to “cultural ports”

Dec 12, 2017 – 6 pm

New Media Projects

The rapid economic and urban development of cities on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf during the past thirty years, such as in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, nurtured a superficial image of these cities which do not reflect their historical and social complexities. Not only a city like Dubai played a pivotal role in the regional economy since the beginning of the 20th century, but also the de facto cultural and social diversity of this city, as a result of the presence of more than two hundred nationalities,  led to the emergence of a metropolis where the questions such as the sense of belonging, the urban spaces of identification, and vernacular cosmopolitanism are being discussed with relation to the management of diversity and new forms of social discriminations. In the meantime, with the political development of these countries, their governors started using culture as a political and economic tool, the expression of which could be seen in huge investments for the creation of new cultural institutions such as the Louvre Abou Dhabi. Adopting a sociological approach in this presentation, based on fieldwork, I will discuss the urban and social transformations of Dubai and will conclude with the Louvre Abou Dhabi project from the point of view of visitors’ studies.

Amin Moghadam holds a PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies from Lyon 2 University, France and he is an associate researcher scholar at Urmis researcher center at Paris Diderot University in Paris. He lectured at Sciences Po Paris, Aix-Marseille University and at Inalco (Institut National des langues et civilisations orientales). In addition to his research and teaching activities, he consulted for several cultural organizations such as the Louvre Abou Dhabi.

New Media Projects: No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, N. Kheradmand St, Karimkhan Ave. Tehran – Iran

New Media Screening & Talk Series #49 | Monika Czyzyk

New Media Screening & Talk Series #49 | Monika Czyzyk
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 – 7 pm
New Media Projects – Tehran

Monika Czyzyk (b.1989, PL) is a visual artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She is a graduate of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts and the Helsinki University of the Arts. Czyzyk works with various forms and lengths of the moving image. She relocates and participates in hybrid socio-institutional formations seeking out topics and materials created within these collaborative communities. In September 2016 Czyzyk had her first solo show – BOdyssey at Exhibition Laboratory in Helsinki. Czyzyk was a resident of Signal Culture in Owego/NY and Limbo Limbo in London. Her videos have been screened at WRO 2017 Biennale: DRAFT SYSTEMS, Wroclaw/Poland,  Union Docs NYC/NY, November Film Festival, London/UK, EMAP 2016: The 9th Ewha International Media Art Presentation, Seoul/SK. BOdyssey was awarded a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Young Artist Grant from the Finnish Art Society.

BOdyssey Prologue, Film HD, 21:17 min, 2017, Finland, UK.

BOdyssey Prologue,  is an experimental film that features global female participants and asks them to speculate on a variety of subjects including 21st century feminism, politics, family, media art, technology and the advancement of post-human kind. The device at the center of the video collaboration is a toy camera: the Videogirl. Videogirl is a 2010 special edition Barbie doll with a video camera and playback unit embedded in its body. I use Videogirl for its symbolic content and as an actual recording device. The film intends to build upon the role of re-imagined female characters in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. This seminal work constitutes the stepping stone for Astronaut Barbie’s quest into the future of the human species. During filming I had the chance to meet fascinating women, either professional filmmakers or everyday heroines, of diverse cultural origins and unusual perspectives on life. I have invited them to participate in the project by providing them with their own Video Girl and the request to film their unique viewpoints, stories and personal perspectives of the times we are living in.

I sent him a rabbit, Film HD, 22:21 min, 2015, Finland / Germany

The film presents a personal account of the moment in my life when I lost my video archive. I return to the places where I originally filmed and by doing so, I find new material in the form of the DV tape archive of German filmmaker Reinhard Lorenz. The project was a very intense experience that randomly brought together two filmmakers, both dealing in their work with memories of past digital lives, intertwined into a new fiction. The film is composed of original documentary found footage, experimental recordings of Skype conversations, stop motion animation, as well as sound design consisting in a unique song specifically created for the video.

Open Cycle | Videos by Alireza Rofougaran

Open Cycle | Videos by Alireza Rofougaran

New Media Projects

Friday, Nov 23, 2017, 4-9 pm
Thursday, Nov 30, 2017. 3-7 pm

New Media Projects invites you to the open studio by Alireza Rofougaran. In open Cycle, he will shared some of his video works related to the city.

Rofougaran writes:
“In a certain time it starts from hearing, it repeats and then you can notice it’s existence; Then you hope to see it, but it isn’t possible every day, You tend to see it every day at the same time in a safe way that doesn’t spoil the repetition. you can have a presence outside of it, safe from being inside. This is a new chance to reach a more subjective knowledge. this repetitive cycle of knowing still continues. the overlapping repetition of the similar, crosses the border, with a little surface to let new examples.”

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:

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

Animation, Experiment #2 | Somayeh Khakshoor

Animation, Experiment #2 | Abstract Animation-2
Nov 8 ,2017, 6 pm
New Media Projects

For the second session of “Animation; Experiment” series, following the theme of “Abstract Animation,” we will look at some videos by several artists in two divided parts; history and recent works. Together with Somayeh Khakshoor and Alireza Chitai, we will discuss visual music and the concept of abstraction in animation. A thesis by Arash Ghonchehpoor, with the title of “Abstract Animation, from Modernism to Postmodernism,” and some other related articles will be prepared and available for the audiences.
-The first part contains some works by historical abstract animation artists, including:
Hans Richter, Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye, Ishu Patel,…
-The second part contains some works by recent artists, including:
Max Hattler, Ori Too, Ross Murphy, Alireza Chitai, Naghmeh Farzaneh, Mohammad Javad Khajavi, …

The session will be held in Persian.
There is a suggested donation of 10.000 tomans to support the project.
To reserve your seat, please contact Mehdi Shiri on the following number: 09198106554

New Media Projects: No 3, Arabi 3, Kheradmand-e Shomali St, Karimkhan Ave.
tel: 021-88829253

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.

Animation, Experiment #1 | Hossein Moradizadeh

Animation, Experiment #1 | Hossein Moradizadeh
Oct 18,2017, 6 – 8 pm
New Media Projects

In fall 2017, New Media Society starts series of sessions dedicated to experimental animation. Animation, Experiment Series is a screening and talk events for the visual study and contextual analysis of experimental animation, doing so examples will be selected with a thematic approach.

For the first session under the theme of “abstract animation,” we will look at the works of “Hossein Moradizadeh” with the presence of Dr. Fatemeh Hosseini Shakib (Tehran Art University). Hossein Moradizadeh, painter and animation filmmaker, graduated of animation-direction (BA) from the University of IRIB (1987-1992), has been a member of the jury for the animation section at the house of cinema festival (2002, 2007,2014 and 2015).Since 2007, he has made several short films/series and also a cinematic stop-motion trilogy called The Legend of Mardoush.
His films have been shown in more than 40 international animation festivals and have won numerous awards and their techniques vary from stop-motion to two-dimensional and sub-camera stroke. In the upcoming session series of his short experimental films, followed by a talk and a Q&A.

Film program:
Life : 16 mm . 4 Min . 1990
Loneliness of a Tree . 16 mm . 5 Min 45 sec . 1992
Nightmare .35 mm . 4Min . 1995
Points. 4 Min . 2004
Kafka . 4 min 48 sec . 2006
The Owl (Based on Blind Owl by Sadeq Hedayat). 7 Min . 2007
The song of Gabriel . 4 Min . 2010

The session will be held in Persian.
There is a suggested donation of 10.000 tomans to support the project.

New media Talk Series #47 | Khosrow Sinai, Masoud Kouhestaninejad & Maryam Niazadeh

New Media Society in collaboration with Lajevardi Foundation presents:
Lahestaniha in Iran
75 years after their arrival during WWII
Talk & Screening program
Khosrow Sinai, Masoud Kouhestaninejad & Maryam Niazadeh
Oct 3, 2017 at 5pm
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Polish migration to Iran, New Media Society in collaboration with Lajevardi Foundation organizes an evening program dedicated to investigate the historical, social and cultural aspects of the event. Masoud Kouhestaninejad and Maryam Niazadeh will present fragments of this migration through historical documents and photographs, and will talk about their journey from Soviet Union to Iran and further as well as subjects like the interaction and exchanges between the Polish refugees and Iranians.
The session will continue with the screening of two documentary films with presence of Iranian acclaimed filmmaker and artist Khosrow Sinai.
“The Lost Requiem” is a 95 minute documentary film Khosro Sinai about the Polish migration to Iran during the WWII, Sinai started the film back in 1970 but due to some difficulties it took 13 years to be completed in 1983. Dorota Latour’s “The Found Requiem” is made about 30 years later and revisits the subject and the filmmaker.Program:
Talks and presentations
Masoud Kouhestaninejad | The hosts of the Bridge to Victory
Maryam Niazadeh | A glance at the digital traces of Polish presence in Iran
Khosrow Sinai | The Lost Requiem, 35 years later
The Lost Requiem (Khosrow Sinai) 95 min
The Found Requiem (Dorota Latour) 30 min
Lajevardi Foundation: No.20, Sepand street, Nejatollahi street, Karimkhan zand street, Tehran

New Media Talk Series #46 | Neil Van der Linden

New Media Talk series | Neil van Der Linden
Black Indian Ocean music
Sunday, Nov 10, 2017 | 6 pm

Coming Sunday at New Media Projects, ” Neil Van der Linden ” will give a presentation named “Black Indian Ocean Music”. The presentation is about the influence of sub-Saharan African spiritual rites and music on the culture of North-Africa, the Middle-East, the Indian subcontinent as well as Sri Lanka, Indonesia and China.
Although not all music and rites are related to slavery, this for a major part coincides with the trajectory of the slave trade through this region.

Although there are common elements all over the region, like in a comparable evolution, that of slave trade across the Atlantic Ocean, leading to blues, gospel, jazz, reggae and rastafari, voodoo, salsa, soul and hip-hop, in North-Africa and around the Indian Ocean there are many varied manifestations. Often kept in a purer state than in the Western counterpart and like in Afro-American culture, the music brings also a lighter side to some of the darkest pages of history.

This will be the ‘uncut’ version of the talk given before at the Festival of Ritual and Sacred Theater which was a bit longer and contained more materials. The talk presents in English.

New Media Project, no. 3, Arabi 3 alley, North Kheradmand street

The Neighbors Think Nobody is Here

Object theater, “The Neighbors Think Nobody is Here” written and directed by Leyla Ahmadi and performed by Naghmeh Manavi will be on view for six nights, with the support of New Media Society – Tehran. This piece has been featured previously in the third Micro leev Festival.

The statement which the group released for the Piece reads: In “The Neighbors think nobody is here” eight people gather around a table as a narrator is telling her story to the strangers who have come to her house.
In this piece, we have tried to avoid defining the object in relation to the dramatic persona. We have tried that objects themselves play their role and to avoid Personification. Here, each object will lend its material and picturesque presence to the performer, without losing its object quality and fading into dramatic Personification.

Leyla Ahmadi has graduated in Puppet Theater from the Tehran Art University. In the past she has participated in various festivals as a playwright such as “The womb house “, “They live in us” and “I failed anyway” she attended in different festivals. She was short-listed for The Radi Playwright Award in the 19th University Theater Festival.

Naghmeh Ma’navi, has graduated in acting and directing from the Tehran Art University. She appeared in different plays like “Direct relevance”, “They live in us” as an actor and director. She has won the directing award from TheFifth Monologue Festival.

This play will be performed 12 times from August 28 to September 2, 2017 at New Media Projects. Due to the nature of the piece and limited seats (8 persons per show), the tickets reservation will be possible through telephone calls only
(Mobile Number: 09391461484)

Tickets Fee: 20 000 Yomans.
Students discount: 15 000 Tomans.

Address: New Media Projects
No. 3, A’rabi 3 Alley, Kheradmand –e Shomali St., Karimkhan Ave., Tehran

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.

Explorations of Everyday | Wolfram Hanh

Explorations of Everyday
A photography summer workshop in Tehran
From 4th – 11th August 2017

This intensive five day workshop will bring together artists and photographers from Tehran. Each session will offer the chance for critique and collaboration as well as rapid generation of new work within Tehran with the guidance of World Press Photo Award Winner Wolfram Hahn.

The workshop aims to identify and explore the ‘everyday’. Participants will be asked to analyze how space is used by inhabitants and to notice the interactions and reflections passed by in everyday life.

The focus will be both critical and technical. Everyday each participant has the opportunity for the creation of individual work and will benefit from a 3 hour discussion and critique sessions following. In the end participants will be part of a public presentation of their work at New Media Society projects

Application to participate
Please apply with a Pdf or online portfolio with a Maximum of 15 images and a short text about the work. This is the work that you will present in the introduction session on the 1st day of the workshop.

Workshop fee: 240.000 Tomans
Discounted fee for students: 210.000 Tomans

Maximum amount of participants: 15

04.08, 14:00, Opening Session, introduction of workshop theme. Participant are invited to bring one work.
05.08, 18:00–21:00 Critique Session
07.08, 18:00–21:00 Critique Session
09.08, 18:00–21:00 Critique Session
11.08, 11:00 Final Critique Session
19:00 Public Presentation at New Media Projects – Tehran

Applications and enquiries to

Wolfram Hahn lives and works in Berlin. Exhibitions in numerous museums and galleries such as C|O-Berlin, Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt/Main, Belfast Exposed, galerie du jour/agnes b. Paris, Starkwhite Gallery Auckland/New Zealand. He received a World Press Photo Award in 2011 and was honourably mentioned by Unicef Photo of the Year 2007.
For further information about artist check his website

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.

Mapping Karimkhan

Karimkhan, mapping the cultural, artistic changes in the heart of Tehran

A project by New Media Society

Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary 40: Morteza Akoochakian

Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary hold its 37th Session in collaboration with Rybon Documentary, Studio 12 & New Media Society:


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

Poster Designed by Ra Studio | Amir Moghtada

New Media Talk Series #44 | Gudrun Wallenböck

New Media Talk Series #44 | Gudrun Wallenböck
May 21,2007
6 pm
New Media Projects

Gudrun Wallenböck is the founder and artistic director of hinterland galerie based in Vienna. hinterland galerie is an independent art space and platform dedicated to the promotion of intercultural and interdisciplinary projects with emerging and established artists from the Middle East with a focus on Iran. She is also the founder of hinterland design and co-founder of sitios – a global network on urban solutions for public space. She has been part of the project and program team for 2 European Capital of Europe (2003 Graz, 2009 Linz). Since 2009 she is working as a curator and designer for international and intercultural projects. Gudrun Wallenböck holds a Master´s degree in Architecture from Technical University in Graz, Austria and a Master´s degree in cultural management from SMBS, Austria. She is currently writing her Ph.D. on “cross-cultural curation” at the University of Arts (MdW) in Vienna, Austria. She is also part of the advisory board of the SIMORGH Foundation based in Vienna and Tehran.

hinterland was founded in 2009 – a label for art and fashion. The Hinterland label is born from within a unique environment of design, architecture, and art. Contemplation of space is reflected in the textiles of these typically idyllic Austrian motifs. Panoramic views of the Alps, apple blossoms and traffic mirrors in vineyards are truly eye-catching. The beauty of the rural idyll embraces the stereotype and breaks it at the same time. The Hinterland collection is completely made by hand and is a high-quality collection which is produced only in Austria.

With the presentation of „walking skirts“(a virtual kind of fashion show) hinterland was invited to Iran in 2010. Since then Gudrun Wallenböck started working with Iran and its art scene. In 2011 hinterland nonprofit association (Verein) was founded. HINTERLAND is an independent art space and platform dedicated to the promotion of intercultural and interdisciplinary projects with emerging and established artists from the Middle East with a focus on Iran. HINTERLAND is an international meeting point where social, cultural, political, creative and other relevant contemporary topics are discussed and put into practice.
In 2014 Gudrun Wallenböck renovated and reconstructed the former hinterland shop into a proper gallery. Since then hinterland galerie was officially separated from hinterland fashion and art. (A new logo, new website, new graphic design etc…)
Hinterland curates and hosts between 8-14 exhibitions a year at the gallery in Vienna. Since 2010 there is also the Krongarten in front of the door (designed by an artist each year). Hinterland team now consists of Gudrun Wallenböck and 4 – students (art history, communication and oriental studies) and international partners.
Main projects have already been realized between Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Pakistan. In September hinterland launches the first cooperation with Morocco.

New Media Talk Series #43 | Payam Mofidi

New Media Society & Assar Art Gallery present
New Media Talk Series #43 | Payam Mofidi
Variations on An Instrument of a Human Anatomy

Sunday 7 May, 2017
6:30 pm
New Media Projects

On the occasion of Payam Mofidi’s recent solo exhibition at Assar art Gallery titled Variations on An Instrument of a Human Anatomy, Behrang
Samadzadegan & Homayoun Sirizi will be joining us for a conversation about the project at New Media Projects on Sunday 7 May, 2017 at 6:30 pm.
The exhibition revolves around an interactive installation as its core that is translated through various media including etching prints, the original
copper plates and videos narrating the concept behind the exhibition and documenting the installation procedure of the disjointed sculpture on
a plinth. Hence the exhibition becomes a ground for having the works deconstructed and reconstructed at the same time. In this process, “cycle”
turns to an influential keyword for deciphering these body/bodiless figures that are sometimes diminished to beheaded heads placed in various
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New Media Talk Series #42 | Rambod Vala

New Media Society in collaboration with Limited Access festival presents:

After Image | video screening

Friday, May 5, 2017 – 4 to 7:30 pm


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

New Media Talk Series #41 | Neil van der Linden

New Media Projects – Tehran

Opera, art, and thinking, before and after Wagner.
In January Neil van der Linden gave a talk on how Wagner’s music dramas, or rather his Total Work of Art, had influenced not only music but also art in general, including the cinema art that then yet had to start.
In this follow-up, as promised, we see, and hear, some of the roots of music drama before Wagner, and what happened in music drama after. But also how music drama influenced cinema and visual art and so how great cinematographers and visual artists adopted elements of opera and music drama in their work. But also how cinema directors and visual artists approached existing opera and other music drama.
Some names: Monteverdi, Joseph Losey, Eisenstein, Peter Sellars, Lulu, Alban Berg, Barbara Hannigan, George Benjamin, Jacques Offenbach, Richard Strauss, Oscar Wilde, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, John Adams, Robert Wilson, Die Tote Stadt, Korngold, Janacek, Leonard Bernstein, Patrice Chéreau, Impressionism, Debussy, Expressionism, Bernard Herrmann, Louis Andriessen, William Kentridge, Ligeti, Kubrick, Greenaway, Vermeer, Hitchcock, Cocteau, Jeanne Moreau, Louis Malle, Miles Davis, Christoph Marthaler, Tarkovsky, Mussorgsky, Idin Samimi Mofakham, Erfan Abdi, Ash Koosha, Ali Eslami.

New Media Projects:
No 3, Arabi 3 St., Kheradmand Shomali St., Karimkhan St., Tehran – Iran – Tel: 88829253 – 86071640

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 (– 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.

Video in Theater | Pegah Tabassinejad and Hessam Nourani

New Media Society in collaboration with Rooberoo Mansion presents:
“Video in Theater”
Monday April 10, 2017
Panel participating Pegah Tabassinejad, Hesam Nourani: 6 pm
RooBeRoo Mansion: No. 7, Kianpour Deadend, Enghelab St. (east to west), Tehran, Iran

“Video in Theater” with Pegah Tabassinejad, Hessam Nourani

Pegah Tabassinejad is an Interdisciplinary artist with interests in directing experimental performances, net performances, and interactive installations. She holds MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Simon Fraser University and BA in Stage Directing from the Art University of Tehran. She also studied contemporary dance and choreography in Paris at Conservatoire de la Danse.
Her research is mostly around the notion of ‘presence’ as she is trying to negotiate between mediums of creation. Pegah believes that the boundaries between disparate forms of art are thin; they constantly interact, influence and impact each other.
She recently had a virtual installation named ‘Monitoring [Tehran]’ at TADAEX04 (Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition) that had been installed for 12 days, questioning what is the real presence of Tehran dwellers. Other projects she had in Canada were included ‘Monitoring[A Doll’s House]’, an almost 60 hours durational performance with the virtual installation, ‘a doll’s room’, ‘Fake Memories’, ‘Read Me’ and ‘Charisma’ (as part of ‘Push Festival- Push-OFF’, Canada, and ‘Dancing on the Edge Festival’, Netherlands).

Hessam Nourani
b. 1971, Tehran
Hessam Nourani is graduated from Architecture school and worked in the field between 1993-2000. He started his career in the movie theater industry since 2000.
His cinematic works include: first assistant director and planner in films directed by Bahman Farmanara, Kambozia Partovi, Bahman Kiarostami, George Ovashvili, Rasoul Molagholipour, Mani Haqiqi, Ali Rafeie, Fereydoun Jeyrani.
He had also worked as a video-artist and technical manager at some theaters directed by Amir-Reza Kouhestani, Hassan Majouni, Stefen Wilder, Mohammad Aghebati, Nima Dehghan and Kiomars Moradi.
His work has been presented internationally, at Marienbad Performing Arts Center, Freiburg (2009), Aun Gallery (2012), Ariana Gallery (2014). He did execute more than 20 video-installations for the other artists.

Sound in Performance | Kasraa Paashaaei, Aftab Darvishi and bamdad Afshar

New Media Society in collaboration with Rooberoo Mansion  Presents:

Limited Access 7| cross-disciplinary Panel

Saturday April 8, 2017, 6 pm

“Sound in Performance” with Kasraa Paashaaei, Aftab Darvishi and bamdad Afshar
RooBeRoo Mansion:
No. 7, Kianpour Deadend, Enghelab St. (east to west), Tehran, Iran

Local Access | Strolling along Kheradmand Avenue and further

Local Access

Strolling along Kheradmand Avenue and further
Curated by Helia Hamedani & Amirali Ghasemi
Oraganized by New Media Society

Simultaneous with the 7th edition of Limited Access Festival, We want to practice collectively a simple tryout: our local access to the locality here and now in Tehran. Therefore we asked our artist neighbors to open their studios for us for a friendly chit-chat, for few hours on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of April.

It’s not exhibition situation or to see works installed in a white cube environment. Here is a safe and immediate space for conversation that can be more helpful than reading lines of descriptions and artist statements. Studios will transform too, side by side to our view of the neighborhood in every and each of the stops.

Studios Visited:

Yousha Bashir / Neda Zarfsaz / Mohammad Ghazali / Zarvan Rouhbakhshan / Ali Sadeghi / Elahe Farahani / Farya Aryanejad / Arman Mahdavi / Amir Mobed / Samira Eskandarfar / Hamed Sahihi / Paria Sahihi / Sina Choopani / Mojtaba Amini / Shahryar Hatami / Sam Sami’ee

Guided by Helia Hamedani, Amirali Ghasemi, Sohrab Kashani, Pegah Tabasinejad

Walk Around New Media | Workshop by Helia Hamedani

Walk Around New Media,  

From Berlin wall to the emergence of the Internet

A two-day workshop by Helia Hamedani

April 4 & April 10

6 – 8:30 pm

New Media Projects

In early April 2017, coinciding with the 7th edition of Limited Access festival, New Media Society starts its new series of Workshops.

Walk around New Media is a two-day workshop held by Helia Hamedani, curator & researcher based between Tehran & Rome. The workshop is a historical introduction which emerged two decades after the world war two and it overlooks upon various disciplines and frames such as archiving, wandering in the city as well as the appearance of the curator as a key player to the increasing influence of technology in the realm of visual arts. The workshop will continue with a glance on a timeline prior to the fall of Berlin wall and end of cold war till the age of Internet and the moment the term New Media was coined as a crucial keyword for understanding contemporary art.

Helia Hamedani was born in Tehran-Iran in 1981, now lives and works between Rome and Tehran.

She is graduated in Art History at the La Sapienza University of Rome and in Industrial Design in Tehran. She has done her last thesis on Re-reading Relational aesthetics that Nicolas Bourriaud defined for the art tendency of 90s. Writes for magazines of contemporary visual arts in Iran and Italy. She is also an independent curator, particularly interested in Intercultural field. As the project Nomad Artist in the city of arts, 2013 in MACRO (The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome -Testaccio), an exhibition on the theme of “home”: an ongoing show in “Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere|” (MAAM Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove di Metropoliz

2014) and Nube di Oort gallery in from 2013-2016. She was the first selected curator of Bridge Art Residency in Sicily, the project that aims to create a bridge in creative sharing and dialogue between distant worlds.

Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary 37: Mohammad Tahami Nejad

Rokhdad-e Tazeh Documentary hold its 37th Session in collaboration with Rybon Documentary, Studio 12 & New Media Society:

4th session from “City and Urban Man” Series, in harmony with the end of the Iranian year &  change of the season focuses on the cinema in Iran in the light of modernisation process.
For this special occasion we gather to watch a crucial & less seen documentary on early Iranian cinema and its history.

We gather at New Media Projects to watch, Iranian cinema from the constitutional Revolution to Sepanta (1970) by Mohammad Tahaminejad on Sunday, March 12, 20176 pm.

Followed by a director talk plus Q&A

Mohammad Tahaminejad was born in1942 in Tehran and studied journalism and cinema and have lectured in film and cinematic research at several universities. The central tendencies in his career had been as follows: 1-Documentary film making on social and cultural topics .His first film Iranian cinema from the constitutional Revolution to Sepanta (1970) was a portrait of Iranian cinema pioneers and the context they challenged with .There he tried to find and assemble some of the Iranian first forgotten lost films in a narrative compilation (hybrid) film together with re-enactment and interviews with silent film personalities . like: Mr. Habibollah Moraad the hero of Haji Agha Actor e cinema ( Ohanian -1933)and director Ebrahim Moradi ( of Bolhavas -1934) and with our first talkie film Dokhtar -e Lor (1933) actress Roohanghiz Saminej ad and others. The film’s perspective supported by a sociologic historical theme as he called searching for disappointment roots (Risheh-yaabiye ya’s). His other films are : Return of the prisoners of war (1991) water distributor’s night (1981) in a desert village and housing crisis in a modern city (1972) 2- He has achieved some qualitative studies since the end of 1960’s. In 1994 he rewrote the script of his first documentary film , and published it. A book which selected as the best book of the year -1995. Two other books are: the cinema of dreams and phantasm (cinemaye ro ya pardaze iran 1986) and Iranian documentary cinema, the field of differentials (arse ye tafavotha-2001) a book about history and ideas. 3-Searching and introducing Iranian fiction and nonfiction (and footage) films had been also his engagement. 4- Documentary cinema from visual anthropological viewpoint and keep in order to (arranging) the visual memories of our contemporary history (nazm bakhshi be khaatere ye basary az tarikh moaser e Iran) are his two other engagements here today 5- Alongside others he has tried also to translate and introduce the new academic and theoretical achievements of the world directly or through comparative and critical works for those who interested. He was one of the three members of board of founders of Iranian Documentary Film Makers association and once its director .


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

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New Media Talk And Screening Series #38 | Mohammadreza Farzad

Blames and Flames
The history of the Iranian revolution is interwoven with the history of cinema: In 1978, on the verge of the revolution, more than 130 cinemas burned down across Iran, 28 of these in Tehran. Who was responsible? Cinema became a major matter of contention on the cultural battleground as the revou The public was outraged and demanded answers: Which films should be shown, which not? Which films will be made, which not? Which movie theater will be kept, which abandoned? And of course: How much will a ticket cost? Composed entirely of archive material and equipped with a groovy jazz score, BLAMES & FLAMES is a brilliant essay film, and a meditation on the role of cinema, television and film in any society.

Into Thin Air ( 2011 )
In the early hours of Friday, September 20, 1979, a curfew was announced in Tehran and several other cities in Iran. That same morning, soldiers positioned in zhaleh Square, in the heart of Iran’s capital, opened fire on the people uninformed of the curfew. The exact number of the killed and the missing, most of whom were everyday people, has never been known. Not only the eyes of the cameras missed this slaughter of innocent people but it faced also the state-run media censorship. Before this film, the only cinematic evidence of this incident was a less-than-a-minute footage from an unidentified person’s camera; an evidence which was published as a document after the fall of the governing regime and turned into one of the most horrendous reminiscences of the 1987 revolution. “Into Thin Air” is the picture-reading of a documented reminiscence and a narrative of the “victim” on the fringe of all political massacres. This might be the story of all yesterday and today’s victims of political massacres in my home and that of yours.

Mohamadreza Farzad
Born September 1978, Graduated MA in theater study from Tehran university of fine Arts. He started his art career as poet and translator published half dozens of books.
As documentary filmmaker he has made some films Awarded and screened in national and international film Festivals. His first and second films “Into Thin Air” and “Blames and Flames” premiered at Berlinale 2011, 2012, shown in almost 30 film festivals till now. His third titled “Forget-Me-Not Egg” premiered at Thessaloniki film festival (2013) screened in dozens of International film events. His latest debut feature documentary “Wedding: A Film” (2015) Premiered in “Next Masters” competition of Leipzig documentary film festival, now going into film events across the world. Farzad has been a PHD student in Film Factory headed by legendary Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr. He also acted as jury member in some International film festivals.

wall newspaper: 79 revolution | ِDialogue with Revolution

Wall Newspaper project in its second event, presents two documentary films directed by Robert Safarian

we gather at new media projects to watch, 14 of Aban, The Day of Fire and Dialogue with Revolution on Monday, Feb 27, 2017 at 6 pm.

New Media Talk Series #37 | Aria Kasaei

A Decade of Pictorial Narrativity
New Media Talk Series #37 | Aria Kasaei
A Review on War, Revolution & Socio-political posters in IRAN 1975 – 1985

Sunday, February 19, 2017 –  7pm

The talk will focus on review of political, social, revolutionary and Iran/Iraq War posters during 1977-1987 and various active orientations toward this period such as Islamic Development Organization (Hozeh Honari), Students of Faculty of Fine Arts, Shishehgaran Brothers, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults and independent designed posters. Also we will discuss about history of mentioned activities and their visual characteristics.
Aria Kasaei (b. 1980) is art director of Studio Kargah, graphic designer, archivist and lecturer in history of Graphic Design at Vije School. He is also art director of Azad Art Gallery, Mohsen Art Gallery, Dastan Art Gallery, Ab-Anbar Art Gallery, Platform 28 and Pejman Foundation poster projects. As an archivist, he has collaborated with Iranian Museum of Graphic Design, Paris Museum of Modern Art, Paris Museum of Decorative Arts, Museo MAXXI (Rome) and TATE Modern (London). Besides he has organized exhibitions about Ashurbanipal Babillas drawings, painting, and graphic works; Fereydoun Ave as a designer; the visual identity of the Theatre Workshop and Karnameh Exhibition as part of Studio Kargah Projects in collaboration with Ali Bakhtiari.

New Media Talk Series #36 | Neil van der Linden

New Media Talk No 36 | Neil van der Linden

‘The Invisible Orchestra.

Losing Sense of Space and Time.’

How initially plain Romanticist composer Richard Wagner conceived the idea of the Total Work of Art and not only revolutionised music and theatre, and aimed to change visual art, but also deeply influenced philosophy (Nietzsche) and psychology (Freud(, and even politics. And it paved the way for French impressionism in music, Debussy, and German/Austrian and Russian expressionism in music, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Schreker, Korngold, Hindemith, and even German expressionist film, Murnau, Lang, Wiene. And what are contemporary answers to his radically new but sometimes hypertrophic ideas?

Having graduated in medicine and law, Neil van der Linden is curator, programmer and matchmaker in arts in the Middle-East and North-Africa.

Thursday Feb 2, 2017, 5-9 pm

New Media Projects:

No 3, Arabi 3 St., Kheradmand Shomali St.,

Karimkhan St., Tehran – Iran

Tel: 88829253 – 86071640

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…

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

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New Media Talk Series #35 | Hamidreza Sheshjavani & Satar Zarkalam

New Media Talk Series #35| HamidReza Sheshjavani – Satar Zarkalam
Artistic Confusion: Artists and challenges of artistic property rights in Iran
Hosted by Zarvan Rouhbakhshan
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – 7pm

The artistic property rights law enables artists to protect their works from unauthorized use by others. These rights, in their general sense, are regulations and rules which support representations of creativity and innovation, as well as economic value of artistic works. These regulations consider both economic rights (provisional) and moral rights (permanent). However, despite the applicability of the regulations and the fact that there have been some opportunities to employ them to the benefit of artists in Iran since 1969, indeed their application has remained inefficient and sterile. It seems that there is not only little knowledge about artistic property rights in the field of art, but also not enough decisiveness among executive bodies in the country. This event aims at presenting a report of the current situation while trying to find preliminary answers to the whys and wherefores of this situation with the help of artists.
At the beginning, Hamidreza Sheshjavani will present a research-based report about the current condition of artistic property rights in Iran which has been done during September 2016 to January 2017. Then, in the presence of Satar Zarkalam, an intellectual property right expert, we will have a group discussion about artist’s rights necessities and challenges and meanwhile needed terms for just execution of rights.

Hamidreza Sheshjavani was born in 1975 and studied Art Economics in Netherlands. He is university lecturer and one of the founders of Art Economy major in Iran universities. He tried to set the pattern for art economy literature by translating fundamental books. “why are artists poor?”, “contemporary art  economics” and “cultural entrepreneurship and economic development” are some of them. He also writes essays on art publications.

Dr. Satar Zarkalam was born in 1958. He studied private law in France and is teaching intellectual property law in Iran universities. Zarkalam has published some books including “Literary and Artistic Property Law” and “Intellectual Property Law in France and Germany”. He has also published some articles with this content such as “Making clear the concept of originality in literary and artistic works” and “Common characteristics of contracts connected with transfer of intellectual property rights”.

“Artistic property right, A manual for artist” is an ongoing project under Hamidreza Sheshjavani’s supervision in collaboration with Aroosha Moshtaghizadeh and Alborz Baghipour. The aim of the project is to inform artists about their basic legal rights. This talk is resulted by the first phase of this project.

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New Media Talk Series #34 | Michel Dewilde

New Media Society in collaboration with the architecture and urbanism circle at T-Moca Present

Art and Public Space in a Liquid World.

A talk by Michel Dewilde
Jan 31, 2017, 5 pm
Cinematheque of Tehran Museum of Contemporary arts – Tehran

Since the sixties, contemporary artists have had different motivations to venture into the realm of public space and its inhabitants.The Belgian art historian and curator Michel Dewilde curated several exhibitions in the public domain since the nineties.

In his lecture Art and Public Space in a Liquid World, he addresses a range of questions such as: What can be the role of the artist and his artwork in a 21st century where the communal, open space, is getting more and more privatized? What about the interaction with the members of the public, patrons, local government and institutions? How far should public art works produce their own space and subsequently generate its own public? What is private and public?

Drawing on the writings of scientists and thinkers such as Zygmunt Bauman, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing and others, Dewilde advocates exhibitions in the public realm which strive towards the setting up of forms of local or even personal connections. In this expanding, flattened horizontal liquid world, artists and cultural workers should strive towards the creations of vertical nodes, verticals points of entry and encounters, places where art and its curators can start to cure again. In the lecture, Dewilde will refer to a number of exhibitions which influenced him, and takes examples from exhibitions he curated such as: Side Tracks (1996) with artists such as Marina Abramovic, Chohreh Feyzdjou or Berlinde de Bruyckere, ‘Artline 5’ (Borken, Germany, 2001) with Bizhan Bassiri, Alicia Framis, Anya Gallaccio, Manfred Pernice, ‘Passages’(Brussels, 2013) with Peter Buggenhout, Emilio Lopez-Menchero and Neda Razavipour,  the new ‘Triennials for art and architecture’ (2015-2018) with Song Dong, Atelier Bow Wow, Studio Mumbai, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.

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


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).

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

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Michał Szlaga ‚Theirs‘

New Media Society in collaboration with Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tehran present:

Michał Szlaga ‚Theirs‘
Jan 20-24, 2017
New Media Projects – Tehran

Opening: Friday Jan 20, 2017, 5-9 pm

Curators: Patrycja Ryłko, Dorota Walentynowicz
Guest screening by Paweł Althamer, Honorata Martin

The exhibition‚ Theirs‘ involves different forms of artistic collaboration and friendship practiced by the photographer Michał Szlaga while documenting works of other artists. All presented artists apply Szlaga’s photographs or videos in their exhibition/ publishing format. The projects – by Paweł Althamer, Honorata Martin, Jerzy Bohdan Szumczyk and Piotr Uklański – directly question the notion of blended visual language, a fluid concept of authorship and delegated instructions. The exhibition simultaneously unveils Szlaga‘s coherent visual idiom as well as the diverse method of work implemented by each artist. It functions as a specific palimpsest – ways of seeing, watching and interpreting.
Michał Szlaga (b. 1978) – lives and works in Gdańsk, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Szlaga debuted with a series of staged self-portraits under the common title What Made Me? (2002), in which he adopted the historical roles of a Nazi, a Jew, a Catholic priest, a Militsiya officer, a soldier of the Red Army. Since 2000, his works have been marked by obsessive returns to the Gdańsk Shipyard, which is perceived as a place of birth, boom and demise of the workers’ movement “Solidarity”, and a testimony to the once thriving shipbuilding industry, whose remnants should nowadays be preserved in photographs. For Szlaga, the Shipyard is a constantly changing post-industrial architectural landscape, which abounds in people and traces of history; a landscape which the artist documents in photographs and video films. Szlaga’s photo coverages and individual photographs have received numerous awards in Poland and abroad (such as International Photo Awards 2007). His works have been exhibited at the Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk (2010); the festival Transphotographiques Nord(s), Maison de la Photographie, Lille (2011); Contenedores de Arte, LasPalmas de Gran Canaria (2011); 1st Opole Photography Festival, Opole (2011); Festival Transphotography North, PiTiPa Gallery, Gdańsk (2011); Gdańsk City Gallery 2 (2014); Europäischen Monats der Fotografie, Polnisches Institut Berlin (2014); State Gallery of Art, Sopot (2015).

The exhibition will be on view until Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017, from 4 to 8 pm.

Tehrasfahan, sound installation by Leonie Roessler

Tuesday Jan 17, 2017
5-9 pm

Tehrsfahan is a fixed media composition consisting of three parts: Isfahan, Tehrsfahan, and Tehran. Leonie recorded all the material used during her residency at New Media Society, where she spent two weeks as a guest artist/performer/teacher during the Limited Access Festival 6 in February of 2016.
Isfahan and Tehran are made of field recordings of the respective cities and include layers of longer tracks combined with small rhythmic motives assembled from different scenes. Tehrsfahan ties these two movements together. It is a puzzle which only uses the short motives of the other two pieces. At first, they appear quickly one after another in succession. They have slowly pulled apart as this middle movement progresses, revealing their identity not only as parts of a compound structure but as fragments with a valid identity of their own.
The composition serves both as a piece of art and as a document of a certain moment in time. Just as the world is ever changing, so are the sounds around us.
Tehrsfahan captures the sonic landscape of various locations in Isfahan and Tehran as it sounded in the beginning of 2016.

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Made up | Videos by Amirali Mohebbinejad

A one day open studio with Amirali Mohebbinejad
New Media Projects – Tehran

A one-day open studio with Amirali Mohebbinejad
New Media Projects – Tehran

Amirali Mohebbi Nejad (b. 1981, Iranian) is a Tehran-based video artist, singer/songwriter, and photographer. His artistic journey has started with photography and music since 2001, followed experimentations in video and installation. He enthusiastically pursues his video practice ever since he made his first video back in 2006. His videos have been shown on several occasions across the globe to name a few: “Invisible Present Tense” in Brazil, Canada and the United States, “Part of Me” in Paris and Tehran, and “If we ever meet again” at Thoman Erben Gallery, New York.
In the field of music, he initiated the founding of several underground bands; and meanwhile continued his solo project as a singer/songwriter. In recent years he has been working individually as a freelance artist in the Iranian music scene. His first album was released in early 2016. Nowadays, besides his solo activities, he is participating in several musical projects, collaborations. His works are mostly inspired by his personal concerns and reflects his view of the world surrounding him.

Mohebbinejad uses sound/visual collages and sound recording and carefully mixes them to create his multi-layer- audiovisual-scapes. New Media project is proud to host MADE UP, a one-day open studio with Amirali Mohebbinejad to mark his ten years of video making.

New Media Project: No 3, Araabi 3 St, N Kheradmand St., Karimkhan St, Tehran – Iran
Visiting hours: 4-8 pm

New Media Talk Series #33 | Andreas Specht

New Media Society in collaboration with Noise Works presents

New Media Talk Series #33 | Andreas Specht
Memory in Circle
Artist talk with Andreas Specht
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – 7pm
New Media Projects

Andreas Spechtl, born in Austria 1984, studied Media Science in Vienna and is currently living in Berlin.

Now and then he ́s also writing about music and literature for German and Austrian newspapers as well as online platforms like Spiegel, Falter or Fm4.

Over the years Andreas Spechtl was frequently invited by Cultural Institutes like Goethe Institute or DAAD to various countries like Italy, Ghana, Egypt, Sudan und Great Britain. In Alexandria he held a workshop at the Bibliotheca Alexandria with music students and developed some songs that were later performed in the Great Hall of the Bibliotheca. In Sudan ́s capital Khartoum he held a workshop at the University of Music Sudan and also one at an elementary school, recording some of his songs with children between the age of 7 to 10. In Birmingham’s Aston University he held a 2 weeks course on German and Austrian pop culture and discussed current political events in Germany and how they have influenced his work. He will be returning in Spring 2017. 2016 he spend several months in sicily ́s capital Palermo working with the artist Uwe Jäntsch on a soundtrack for his famous outdoor installa- tion Piazza Garrafello. Andreas Spechtl also frequently participates in panel discussions throughout Germany and Austria, regarding the topics music production, literature, poetry and politics.

With his Band Ja, Panik he recently published a book called FUTUR II, which was critically acclaimed throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

His group Ja, Panik is traded as one of the most influential music groups in Germany of his generation. They have reached several billboard chart entries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and released 5 full length albums in their ten years of existence.

Andreas Spechtl started to play the piano when he was 6 years old and changed to the electric guitar at the age of 10. He studied guitar until the age of 22 at Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt/Austria. Over the years he also taught himself to play the drums and the electric bass. In recent years he expanded his interests to sound production and electronic music. He arranged and produced two albums for the acclaimed german singer Christiane Rösinger and released his first Solo Album Sleep in 2015, which he recorded and played largely on his own. This album marked a turning point in his career as he moved away from his roots in classical songwriting towards an approach grounded in old dub techniques using the mixer and diverse effect devices as his main instrument. His album was described as a very genuine mixture of Ambient, Dub, Folklore and Italian Film Music of the 60ies.
He himself always states the importance of working in different layers. The first layer, and starting point, are mostly field recordings Spechtl habitually does when on the road with the band or traveling on his own. What he is most interested in is recording background noises, the humming of taxi motors or the summery nighttime chatter in front of a bar. These background noises of politics, machineries and everyday chatter are the actual starting point – the ambience which he’s recording and gradually turning into tracks. He somehow sees this recordings as the lyrical layer in his work, that has now turned mostly instrumental. What he once used to sing about, talks now for itself.

Parishani, a video program on Mental Distress

Open Wounds by Simin Yaghoubi

Parishani video program: Still from Open Wounds by Simin Yaghoubi

Parking video library in collaboration with New Media Society present

A film and video program on Mental Distress
Curated  by Amirali Ghasemi

Friday, November 25, 2016
5-8 pm

The program wishes to investigate Mental illnesses and its reflection in a gradient of works by Iranian artists from different disciplines, Using moving images. Ranging from photography to music video, and from performance to experimental film, works are carefully selected and offer perspectives on the issue from various angles from artists who try to be self-aware to situations occurs to the human body in transition. Parishani was once shown in an independent cinema in the city of Gent, Belgium in collaboration with Mahdieh Fahimi.

Part 1
Farid Jafari Samarghandi | Rozita Sharafjahan | Simin Keramati | Neda Razavipour | Anahita Hekmat | Payam Mofidi | Rambod Vala |

Part 2
Amir Mobed | Tala Vahabzadeh | Narges Naseri | Celia Eslamieh Shomal | Shirin Mohammad | Rasoul Ashtari | Simin Yaghoubi | Allahyar Najafi

On the loop
Ramyar Vala | Sona Safaei Sooreh

New Media Projects
Address: No. 3, Arabi 3 st., Kheradmand St., Karimkhan Ave., Tehran

New Media Talk Series #27 | Pouya Jahanshahi

New Media Talk Series #27 | Pouya Jahanshahi
Hybrid Visual Culture: Research, application and curation in cross cultural sphere
Lajevardi Foundation
July 13, 2016 – 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Join us a for a presentation by Pouya Jahanshahi (MFA, CalArts) graphic designer and scholar taking us through his MFA thesis project at California institute of the Arts entitled “Hybrid Visual Culture” and the implementation of its methodology and perspective on design, curation and research. The event will be followed by a Q&A and a related workshop will ensue, specifics will be announced at the presentation.
Pouya Jahanshahi is a Graphic Designer, Filmmaker and Educator residing in Orange County, California since he migrated from his home country of Iran more than 30 years ago.
Pouya received his MFA in Graphic design and Integrated Media, from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), his research was focused on the global development of what he calls “Hybrid Visual Cultures”, where cross-pollination of cultures have resulted in the birth of new visual realms and typographic forms. His M.A. research “ Anatomy of a visual message” explored the realm of semiotics and the process of visual communication. This perspective of “Cultural Hybridity” is what guides his vision, and visible in his works across various mediums.
While presenting on such related issues inter- nationally, Mr. Jahanshahi is currently working on an independent documentary film: The Visual Language of Iranian Graphic Design. When time permits, he pursues his hobbies of Persian calligraphy, silk-screening and concrete poetry. Pouya Jahanshahi has started his new position as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Oklahoma State University, College of Arts and Science.

New Media Talk Series #26 | Emmelie Koster & Lindokuhle Sobekwa

New Media Talk Series #26

Emmelie Koster & Lindokuhle Sobekwa in conversation

Pop-up Gallery – No Man’s Gallery In Tehran

Tuesday June 7,2016
6:30 pm
New Media Projects
The availability of public funds, private patronage, arts education, academic discourse, the international art market, mass audiences or even basic exposure to an artistic environment differs in each country. Whether the artist can access those resources influences the opportunities he will have when dependent on that market. The concept behind the No Man’s Art Gallery exhibition series is focused on making the artist less dependent on their local art world, and more so on a global one. The project makes use of the pop-up gallery concept, an ephemeral gallery with no fixed space, no white walls, no perfect lighting. Emmelie Koster, director and curator of the gallery will explore how the pop-up gallery space can help in mitigating the circumstances that might limit in artist in their own art scene. Lindokuhle joined No Man’s Art Gallery in 2014 for the pop-up gallery in Cape Town. He will share his experiences as a South African photographer and will speak about his path from following the Rubis Mecenat photography programme at his high school to exhibiting in Tehran, participating in the Johannesburg art scene and assisting photography workshops for the youth.
Lindokuhle Sobekwa (South Africa, 1995) is a young photographer from Thokoza, South Africa. Sobekwa started photographing in 2012 through a project that was organised in his high school by Rubis Mecenat. Sobekwa rapidly developed his talent as a photographer through Magnum workshops, mentoring and an education at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. He now focuses on documentary photography. His ongoing series ‘Nyaope, everything you give me my boss, will do’ brought his work to the attention of a wide and international audience and resulted in exhibitions in the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Ghent International Photography Festival and international representation by No Man’s Art Gallery. The series is a powerful and intimate portrait of a group of young men that he knew growing up, who lost their way to a street drug called Nyaope.
Sobekwa’s work has been published by various media such as Live Magazine South Africa, VICE, The VICE Photo Issue in a feature together with Mikhael Subotzky and Belgian newspaper De Standaard. Sobekwa is currently in Iran to attend the No Man’s Art Pop-up Gallery, and was kindly hosted by New Media Society during his stay.
Emmelie Koster (The Netherlands, 1986) is the director and curator of No Man’s Art Gallery, an Amsterdam based gallery that organizes pop-up galleries in another country every year to enable artists to benefit from access to different art markets very early on in their career.
Koster switched to a career in arts not long after graduating in Law and Economics. Her background inspires her practice as both director and curator, focusing on how market circumstances influence opportunities for artists to create and exhibit their work, and how those circumstances can be mitigated or neutralized when presenting art to an audience. Koster has lead the pop-up gallery projects in various European countries, China, India, South Africa and is now in Tehran for the latest pop-up exhibition. Beside her full time involvement with the gallery, Koster works as editor for the Art Market Dictionary at De Gruyter Publishers in Berlin and as consultant for cross-cultural creative initiatives.

All Other Passports

New Media Society in collaboration with Parkingallery Projects presents
All Other Passports

The Last Day; 80X100 cm- C-print (5)

The Last Daty by Behnam Sadighi

The exhibition brings together artists living in various locations on the globe from Los Angeles to Isfahan and from Milan to Berlin.
Platforms Project @ Art Athina
Booth: P 35
Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece
Athens 26-29 May, 2016

When one arrives at the international airport in Iran, a sign divides “Foreign” from “Iranian” and this simple binary categorization leads to two lines where one waits for passport control. We borrowed our working title – All Other Passports- from a common sign that one sees upon arrival to most European countries.
One can question what has happened to the birthplace of democracy and the western civilization. Is this situation
more about what we “don’t” know, rather than what we actually know or allowed to speak about? Observing other countries and their layered contexts from afar and especially through mainstream/corporate media has shaped most of our imaginary perception.
We can hardly participate in a conversation which we are not invited to engage with, as if we have been doomed to be observed. We are allowed to comment only on the domains that are reduced to geographical and regional boundaries of where we come from. Can we imagine the segregation caused by the
logo/color of our passport and the value system it creates to fade or shift shape by bottom up/ grass root movements of
people? Can we look at various modes of fleeing/migrating/traveling and nomad activities as a form of resistance against suppressing systems, despite where their
location, in the heart of Western Europe, or the Middle East?
What is considered “Foreign” lands? What does foreign affairs mean in an interconnected and complex on Mobility of Knowledge and People context of Europe today?

The project features a publication by New Media Society
Published by Contemporary Art Publication and designed by Amir Moghtada Studio.With contributions by
Monireh Askari – Tara Kaboli / Shervin Fekri – Gelare Khoshgozaran – Saman Khosravi – Jovana Komnenić –
Behnam Sadighi – Sona Safaei Sooreh – Bahar Samadi & Marko Stamenković

Curator Amirali Ghasemi
Associate curator Neda Mohamadi

Special thanks to
Roya Pourvakil
Ehsan Lajevardi
Sajedeh Elhami
Grace Maral Burnet
Taraneh Hemami
Alexandros Georgiou
Eleni Kotsoni
Giannis Delagrammatikas
Farokh Falsafi
Tina Kadkhodaian
Amir Moghtada

New Media Talk Series #25 | Meta Marina Beeck

New Media Talk Series #25
Meta Marina Beeck
Thurdsay, May 5, 2016
6:30 pm
New Media Projects

Sven Johne, Jutta, 2014 (Still); Courtesy Galerie KLEMM’S, Berlin

Sven Johne, Jutta, 2014 (Still); Courtesy Galerie KLEMM’S, Berlin

Meta Marina Beeck is representative of Kunsthalle Bielefeld (built in 1968 in Bielefeld, Germany). The exhibition space is specialized in 20th and 21st century art and was a gift of Rudolf August Oetker to the city. It was Oetker’s grandfather, August Oetker, who invented the popular baking powder, which lead to a success story and was the very beginning of the food company Dr. Oetker. Therefore also the foundation of Kunsthalle Bielefeld has a very unique history.
Another part of the lecture by Meta Marina Beeck will focus on and introduce the Kunsthalle’s previous year’s video program; including works by Sven Johne (b. 1976, GER), Samira Eskandarfar (b. 1980, IRAN) and more.

Meta Marina Beeck (b. 1984, Bremen) is a Berlin-based art historian and curator. She studied Art History and New German Literature at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2007-2014) and Chinese language at Peking University, China (2011-2013). 2014 Meta Marina Beeck graduated with her master thesis titled “Notation as a visual form of thought – John Cage, Allan Kaprow and Trisha Brown”.
During the studies she worked as a freelance curator and realized various solo and group exhibitions in Bremen and Berlin. Since 2015 Meta Marina Beeck is working at Kunsthalle Bielefeld as assistant curator to Dr. Friedrich Meschede.
In her research and exhibition practice Meta Marina Beeck focuses on new media and video art.

Exhibitions (selection):
2016: Martin Disler – Bilder vom Maler, Kunsthalle Bielefeld / 2015: Whatness, Kunsthalle Bielefeld / 2014: (CC)TV. Gallery Herold, Bremen / 2013: BEAUTIFUL MINDS. Kleine Humboldt Gallery, Berlin on the occasion of Berlin Art Week 2013 / 2013: AUFWACHEN ! BESSER MACHEN !. Kleine Humboldt Gallery, Berlin.

New Media Talk Series #24 | Armin Zoghi

Single Pulse Of Subjectivity
New Media Talk Series #24 | Armin Zoghi
Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 7 pm
New Media Projects – Tehran

Armin Zoghi, born in 1979, is a photographer, video artist, visual artist, curator and an art educator. He holds two masters degrees, the first being in “Photography” and from Art & Architecture University in Tehran (2003) and second one in “Visual Arts” from Marc Bloch University in France (2006).
His work has been on display in many individual and collective exhibitions across Iran, UAE and Europe. In addition to this resume, he has practiced curating, art gallery management and teaching art avidly. Although he is an expert in photography and video, he’d rather not limit himself to one medium and allowing his projects to show him the proper decision.

Subjectivity has been a regular theme in his works, therefore he refers to Western Philosophy and Cinema. Although he spends much of his effort to create and curate art, manage art galleries and holds discussion groups and workshops, to accomplish his social responsibilities as an artist is a big priority to him.

My artistic process centers around the transmission of images and the way in which they are perceived by each individual. How do the cultural foundations of a society influence the perception and interpretation of symbolic images? Starting with a minimalist approach, I attempt to isolate those symbols common to several cultures of which the interpretation varies according to the cognitive experiences of each one. Although video and photography occur most often in my work, as the most pertinent media, I also create installations as the need arises. I put great importance on technical quality, in order to be able to associate and master artistic means all in the service of an intention. I am sensitive to the configuration of space and the demonstrative systems that I put into place, which are at the very heart of my discourse. While one video may be presented on a small screen, another may be projected at the end of a corridor constructed out of wood; a photograph may be simply hung, while another is stretched over a frame, next to an installation. I produce my images between observation and staging, where critical analysis coexists with more personal and dreamlike intuitions. My process begins with a synthetic configuration of the subject, and develops through the endeavor of image construction.

Add: No.3 , Arabi 3, Kheradmand-e Shomali,Karimkhan
Metro: 7-tir Station

New Media Talk Series #23 | AIDIN BAGHERI

New Media Talk Series #23
New Media Society in collaboration with Lajevardi Foundation

City Walls, a film by Aidin Bagheri
Wednesday, 27th April 2016 – 7 PM

City Walls, a film by AIdin Bagheri | Poster by Saman Khosravi

City Walls, a film by AIdin Bagheri | Poster by Saman Khosravi

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, “City Walls” a documentary film by Aidin Bagheri will be screened at Lajevardi Foundation from 7 pm, the event follows with a conversation between the director and Zarvan Rouhbakshan, art critique, University lecturer and Artist. They will open the Q&A session for the public. Bagheri writes about his film which has a brief look at urban art and graffiti art in Iran:

How our city can be desirable? How much the city landscapes are influential on our feeling of satisfaction? Can can right to adjust the city** be used in order to achieve the satisfaction without opposition to the city jurisdiction? Questions like this made us to investigate a fully available and new phenomenon like unofficial wall-writing** and to analyse it with a sociological approach in the form of image and interview with the writers and experts. This documentary tries to pose the problems and obstacle which these wall-writers are facing or if their activity causes a destruction to the face of the city or if it is an act of sabotage of an artistic action regardless of aesthetic subject or a routine resistance in opposition to the urban order in addition to a relative introduction of this phenomenon.

Duration: 60 minutes

Aidin Bagheri (b.1991, Tehran, Iran) is a sociologist, researcher, social documentary filmmaker and photographer. He graduated from Azad university of Tehran with a BA in social science in 2013. Also he graduated in 2015 with a MA in sociology from the same university, with an emphasis on the research on relation between social / civil issues as well as photography. His research is reflected in some articles and documentary films such as his recent films “city walls” and “Tehran Slack-Liners”. He is currently working with photography, collage and video besides his following his social science research.

Where: Lajevardi Foundation
No.20, Sepand Street, Nejatollahi Street,
Karimkhan zand Street, Tehran.
Tel: +9821 88921745

for More information:

Poster designed by Saman Khosravi

3 Videos and few photo-based works of Amirali Ghasemi

Amirali Ghasemi, Curator / Media Artists and a founding member of New Media Society on Friday April 15, 2016 will exhibit few unseen/less seen projects such as Tehran Remixed: Party Series, Coffee-shop Ladies, White Reconstruction & Recent irritations together with three videos from the past years : Dancing Fan (1999), As Doctor prescribed (2009) and Browsing Photos from a Hard Disk (2012).

3 hand painted backdrops, from “Choose Your background” which were used in his ongoing photography project in public spaces and various galleries in Tehran, Istanbul, Berlin, Ottawa and Toronto (2006- 2012) are installed in the yard and living room. Two installations are as well presented in this spontaneous open studio: John’s Schoolmates, based a the last year book of American Collage in Tehran dated 1978 and the photo project Amirali’s Hard disk shown at Azad Gallery before in 2007, now becomes an participatory storytelling excuse dealing with collective memory, digital vs analog and experience of remembrance and forgetting at the same time as he signs and gives away the hundreds of photos used in his large installation before.

Diagram-Making: Shirin Fahimi’s open studio

On Friday April 1st, 4-8 pm, New Media Projects will host an open studio with Shirin Fahmi (Montreal). She will present her diagrams, installation and screen her previous video works. Shirin Fahimi’s practice as a visual thinking process intends to traverse the distance between theoretical research and the process of art making through diagramming.
Questioning the formation of the self, the subject and selflessness has been center of her conceptual framework. By tracing invisible forces and relations between perception and intentions, she intends to materially display the mental geography. Diagram, as a movement towards actualization, will not merely imitate something that already exists, but it will maps out possibilities prior to an appearance of a definitive form.

Shirin Fahimi is an Iranian, Montreal-based artist, working in a variety of media. She received her BA from Slade School of Fine Art (University College London) in 2013, and currently doing her MFA at Concordia University. Fahimi’s conceptual interest is in the domain of philosophy, tackling the question of ‘the self’, while exploring a way of philosophical thinking in the medium of art, through drawing and diagram making.

Friday April 1st, 2016, 4-8 pm

New Media Projects:
No. 3, Arabi 3, Kheradmand-e Shomali, Karimkhan.
Tel: +98 21 88829253
Metro: 7-tir Station

Checkpoint Poster

Checkpoint poster | New Media Projects
Friday March 11, 2016, 5-8 pm

New Media Project for the last time before Nowrouz opens its door to public for an exhibition by two Iranian designers
Amir Moghtada & Saman Khosravi during the years have been designing cultural posters with exemplary passion and unique quality. Selflessly supporting independent projects and small galleries, they made a great contribution to expansion of their activities.
While the differences in their approach in forms & style mark signifies their vibrant visual worlds, their strong point is distancing themselves from corporate graphic designs and working in their small studios despite the obstacles of being independent thinkers and designers.

New Media Project room to pay respect to their efforts for expanding borders of our imagination and in the light of our recent collaboration with them, will be host checkpoint: poster their open studio at New Media Society. Join us to meet them and look at their colorful posters and get to know how they are made.

For more information contact us:

New Media Projects:
No 3, Arabi 3 St., Kheradmand Shomali St.,
Karimkhan St., Tehran – Iran
Tel: 88829253 – 86071640

New Media Talk Series #21 | Erfan Abdi

Last day of Limited Access Festival at Aaran Projects, we will have a special guest Erfan Abdi will share his Notesaaz experience with us with a short performance at the end.
Erfan Abdi (1983 – Tehran) is an artist, designer and performer based in The Hague, the Netherlands since 2009. He graduated from the Masters program at the Artscience Interfaculty, Royal Conservatoire The Hague in 2011. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Tehran (2006) he has a background in visual art and design, while he has also experimented with electronic music, video, computer programming and physical computing.
He takes advantage of the possibilities offered by technology with a DIY attitude, and constructs his instruments from found or re-purposed material, seeking new ways of relating to the world of production and consumption. He researches the concept of active perception in the context of performing arts, and the interactions between performer, instrument and audience.
Erfan Abdi has presented his works in several venues and places including Todaysart (The Hague), Arselectronica (Linz), STRP (Eindhoven), NIME (conference on New Instruments for Musical Expression, 2013, Deajeon), Logos (Gent) and Steim (Amsterdam).
Notesaaz is an instrument for live electronic improvisation that can be experienced through sound and image. It is both a new physical interface meant for musical performance and a proposal for a three stage process where the physical controller is used to navigate within a graphical score that on its turn controls the sound generation. By showing the dynamic score to the performer and the audience, Notesaaz shows new possibilities for staging the performer instrument relationship, inviting the audience to engage more in what is played and to anticipate on what happens next.

Performance Duration: 15 minutes

New Media Talk Series #19 | Marika Kuzmicz

New Media Society & Limited Access Festival in collaboration with Aaran art Gallery and Polish Embassy in Tehran present:

Polish Video Art (1973-1979) – Yet Unwritten Story
Lectuer by Dr. Marika Kuzmicz
Saturday 27 Feb, 2016. 6 – 7 PM
Aaran Projects, room 2

Yet Unwritten story - Polish Video Art 1973 - 1979 - Limited Access 6 Festival for Moving Image, Sound & Performance

Yet Unwritten story – Polish Video Art 1973 – 1979

Video art in Poland first emerged in the early 70s. Despite the inaccessibility of equipment (like video cameras) in that time in Poland, video soon became important medium, used by polish artists in diverse ways.

Avant-garde artists (members of independent experimental groups like Workshop of the Film Form and Gallery of Current Art), based on their experience of experimental film, explored the relationship between reality (visual reality) and the perception of the viewers.
According to this, they used video to make viewers fully aware of traps and manipulations of mass-media and of reality. They analysed the properties of broadcast television and it role in everyday reality in communist country. Only a few of them, like Paweł Kwiek and Jolanta Marcolla (first polish female video artist) received access to the TV Studio. The result of this situation were significant works of Kwiek “Video A”, “Video C” and “Video P” (1974/5) and – not preserved works of Marcolla “Dimension 1-4” (1975).
Polish video art of that time includes also video installations by Wojciech Bruszewski and Andrzej Różycki among others. Installations are evidences of intensive examination of the nature of this medium in the field of visual art in Poland and exploring its potential of communication of abstract ideas or communication, in general.
History of early polish video still need to be developed but for now, important video works are accessible in Arton Foundation on-line repository. The goal of that document is to present selected, significant works and artists, based on the content collected by Arton Foundation since 2011.

Dr. Marika Kuzmicz – a graduate of art history at the University of Warsaw, PhD in Institute of Art, Polish Academy Institute of Sciences in Warsaw. She conducts research on polish art of 70s. Head of Arton Foundation (Warsaw), non-profit organization, concentrates on researching and exhibiting polish art of the 70’s. The curator of contemporary art exhibitions, including “Conceptualism. Photographic medium “(Lodz, Poland, 2010) and” Conceptual Photography Poland “(Berlin 2011), “Doing the Impossible Light” (in cooperation with Florian Zeyfang (Warsaw 2015) and many others. Co-author and co-editor books devoted to the polish art of 70s. Lecturer at Warsaw University and Collegium Civitas (Warsaw).

Leonie Roessler’s installation: Stop and Listen, The Hague

Friday, Feb 19, 2016 – 5-9 pm
New Media Projects
Leonie Roessler
Sound Installation

"Stop and Listen, The Hague!" - Sound installation by Leonie Roessler in the Nutshuis, The Hague, October 2015.

“Stop and Listen, The Hague!” – Sound installation by Leonie Roessler in the Nutshuis, The Hague, October 2015.

Installation – Stop en Luister, Den Haag! (Stop and Listen, The Hague)
“Stop en Luister, Den Haag! is a series of six pieces documenting six different, sonically interesting locations in the city of The Hague. What does The Hague sound like? Are there sounds that we can find all around the city, defining it sonically and distinguishing it from other places? Will it sound different in five years, in ten years, in twenty years?
I carefully record my environment, sometimes returning at various times of the week and day, to be able to record all that a place has to offer. I select the most typical and interesting sounds, sometimes out of hours of material collected, and arrange it into a musical composition for the listener. I detect rhythms and patterns and layer them. I cut my sound files and use volume changes and panning, but never any effects. The goal is to provide a work that is artistically interesting while creating an authentic portrait of a place. I am preserving something that might be gone sooner than we expect. (Will there be drones flying through my recordings in the future? Will the trams be less characteristic once replaced with more current models? What will transportation sound like twenty years from now?)”

New Media Projects:
No 3, Arabi 3 St., Kheradmand Shomali St.,
Karimkhan St., Tehran – Iran
Tel: 88829253 – 86071640

New Media Talk Series #9 | Daniel Kötter



The architecture of Beirut Downtown represents a segregated society with no commonly shared public space: Civil War Ruins besides unused theaters and cinemas, reconstructions besides wasteland, designer shops next to vacancy, military barriers next to religious buildings. And at the heart of all this, the “Martyrs’ Square” as allegorical space, an impossible National Theatre for Lebanon. Six Beirutis accompany the camera on its one-hour walk through downtown Beirut and declare the space in-between the built environment, in-between the transformed and the demolished, their very personal theatrical stage.


Daniel Kötter/Constanze Fischbeck state-theatre #1: LAGOS 24’ with Segun Adefila The National Theatre of Nigeria in Lagos was built for the second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1976. It is the only state-subsidized theatre in Nigeria. While its smaller halls are occasionally used for theatre performances, banquets and weddings, the 5000-seat main hall has been deserted since the early 1990s. A reopening was scheduled for 2010 but tpostponed indefinitely after a series of changes in direction. counter shot: The Bariga Arts Center was founded in 2009 in a Lagosian slum by choreographer and Nollywood actor Segun Adefila, after the rent free agreement between his company Crown Troupe of Africe and the National Theatre of Nigeria had been revoked.


Daniel Kötter/Constanze Fischbeck state-theatre #2 TEHERAN 24’ with Sara Reyhani, Arezou Hosseini The Tehran Vahdat Hall was Iran’s first and only classical opera and ballet house. Commissioned in 1966 by the Shah’s regime, the main hall resembles Vienna State Opera. Its ornaments reiterate the forms of Persepolis, the central representative architecture of the ancient persian Empire. For 13 years the hall hosted the classical ballet and opera repertoire though the official archive of Vahdat Hall does not keep any records of that period. Zoom Out: Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 no opera and ballet performances have taken place in Vahdat Hall. Zoom Out: Sara Reyhani, trained as a dancer, was featured as a soloist in the first performance of so called ‘rhythmic movement’ on the stage of Vahdat Hall in 1999. Zoom Out: In 2004, due to a private initiative, the former workshops of Vahdat Hall were turned into a puppet theatre: Ferdosi Hall is the only stage for opera production in Iran nowadays. There are currently no plans to return Vahdat Hall to its originally intended use as a ballet and opera house.

New Media Society in collaboration with Lajevardi Collection presents:
New Media Talk Serie #9 | Daniel Kötter

Q&A Daniel Kötter in conversation with Amirali Ghasemi

Daniel Kötter is a director and video artist whose work oscillates deliberately between different media and institutional contexts, combining techniques of structuralist film with documentary elements and experimental music theater. It was shown in numerous galleries, video festivals, concert halls and theatres all over the world.
Between 2008 and 2011, he developed the video-performance trilogy Arbeit und Freizeit.
His music theatre performances in collaboration with composer Hannes Seidl are shown at numerous international festivals.
Kötter’s series of installations, films, and discursive work on urban and socio-political conditions of performativity has been under development since mid-2009 under the title state-theatre: Lagos/Teheran/Berlin/Detroit/Beirut/Mönchengladbach (with Constanze Fischbeck).
His film and text work KATALOG was shot in twelve countries around the mediterranean sea portraying sites and practices related to the definition of the public sphere. It was presented at the Venice Biennal for Architecture.

state-theatre is a series of six experimental documentaries that explore urban conditions for performance based on six case studies in Lagos, Tehran, Berlin, Detroit, Beirut and Mönchengladbach.

state-theatre departs from places that have shed their apparent societal functions: deserted areas, construction sites, unused or reinterpreted buildings – empty spaces in the urban fabric, places that were originally meant as allegoric gathering places: theaters.

New Media Talk Series #3 | Dr. Staci Scheiwiller



The third session from New Media Society talk series will take place at Aaran Gallery with Staci Gem Scheiwiller. The title of the talk is “Teleologies of New Media: Digimodernism, Post-Postmodernism, and the Post Contemporary”

professor Scheiwiller is an assistant professor of Modern Art History at California State University, Stanislaus. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2009. Her field is Modern and Contemporary Art, and she also specializes in theories of postcolonialism and gender. Currently, she is focused on issues of modernity and modernism in Iran during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and finishing a manuscript on the constructions of gender and beauty in Qajar photography.

This presentation will be an exploration of the contemporary condition of art and culture in relation to New Media, as it will attempt to trace moments from the modern and postmodern to where we are now. As many theorists proclaim postmodernism is dead, we may now be living in an age described as “digimodernism,” cumbersomely as “post-postmodernist,” or more esoterically as “postcontemporay,” all accompanied by buzz words, such as “globalism” and “globalization.” So if technology is becoming the baseline of our cultural production in terms of New Media, then a teleology of art and art history may follow suit, begging the ultimate question: Where is all this technology leading to, especially in relation to art? What is the endgame, if there is one?

When: Saturday, June 6th, 6:00 p.m.
Where: AAran Art Gallery. Tehran.
No 12 dey street. North Kheradmand ave.
Tel +9821 88829086- 9