Do you believe that this culture is going to undergo voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living?
The next question is “If you don’t believe that the culture is going to undergo voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living” and you care about the land where you live what does it mean for your strategies and tactics?
And the answer is we don’t really know. And one of the reasons we don’t know is that we don’t really talk about it. And one of the reasons we don’t talk about it is that we are also busy pretending that we have hope.
… Images of Iran
American lawyer-turned-photographer Tom Loughlin has visited Iran three times to capture Iranian life for his installation, “Pictures of you, Images of Iran”. Click picture to see a short video of this photo installation at Denver’s Civic Center.
“I am 87 year old. Everyday without fail I exercise here in this room. I always say to everyone that there are two rewards in dancing. Financially, it can be a means of earning your living. And your body keeps all that an gives you life …” Watch: high speed, low speed or here: داستان رقص در ایران
See also: Madame Yelena
David Černý, Prague 2004
“David Černý‘s Piss has two bronze sculptures peeing into an enclosure that is actually a map of the Cezch Republic. The stream of water writes quotes from famous Prague residents. Visitors can interrupt them by sending SMS messages from mobile phones to a number displayed next to the sculptures. The living statue then ‘writes’ the text of the message, before carrying on as before.”
““and our world is still alive” by Tahamtan Aminian, ’International Posters for peace, social justice & the environment 1965-2005′
h/t to 365 > Love : Art : Passion: “The words forming the ash of the cigarette read from top to bottom: Agony, Sorrow, Pain, Hatred, Hesitation, Envy, Hopeless, Fear, Dirt, Prostitution, Wound, Wretchedness, Madness, Isolation, Wrath, Grudge, and Fatal...”
See also previous post: Visual Culture of Iran
“Curator Daniel R. Smith has gone half way around the world to unite the graphic design communities of Seattle and Tehran. Co-curated with Tehran designer Iman Raad, The Seattle-Tehran Poster Show is a selection of 50 posters from each city in a variety of mediums sharing cultural themes such as music, film, theater and contemporary art.
In 2009 this exhibit will travel to Tehran…” read more
New Arts Festival planned for 2009: “The Divan Festival is to be staged in successive weeks next year in two fabled towns: Shiraz, the Iranian city of poets, wine and flowers, and Weimar, the central German home of the great German poets and writers…” read more
The Briefing, the first work of fiction by Arundhati Roy since The God of Small Things in 1997, was written for Manifesta7, one of the most important European Biennials of Contemporary Art, which opens on July 19 in northern Italy.
The Briefing is an allegory … a powerful fable about Climate Change, the War on Terror and Corporate Raj.
Here is an interview with the author.
BB2’s World Music Quest: “I am looking to do a show featuring artists from around the world. I’m particularly interested in artists using indigenous instruments and stylings.
If you have a favorite artist or group that fits this description please send me a link to their videos or even the name so I can include them in the show.”