Id Est Iran

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Bandari Infographic Dance in France July 27, 2007

Filed under: Art,Iran,Iranian,Music,Performance — Tara @ 6:30 pm

babelle.jpg   “Babelle heureuse” 

The last dance event of the 2002 Romaeuropa Festival was the Italian première of Babelle heureuse, staged by Compagnie Montalvo-Hervieu. Babelle heureuse, created just this year by Montalvo and Hervieu, is the result of their collaboration with the Iranian musicians Saeid Shanbehzadeh and Habib Meftahbousheheri, who perform onstage with the dancers. The music is very important in this work, because it connects the different actions together: all the dancers sing and the musicians dance.

This ballet mixes all genres in equal measure; they coexist on the stage with an effect that is pleasing and funny at the same time. There’s hip-hop, en pointe ballet, contemporary dance, acrobatic dance, contortionism and short intermezzos that are recited and sung. The backdrop is a screen on which funny still or moving images (e.g., ducks, juicy details of Reuben’s Venus, the dancers themselves) are projected; the artists interact with them, at times actually seeming to emerge from or enter the screen itself. Some of the pieces are simply hilarious. The score is a mixture of genres too: traditional Persian music performed live is interspersed with Bach, Vivaldi and even several Mozart arias.

The whole is extremely enjoyable and captivating. The show was wholly enjoyable, ironic, without a dull moment. Laughs were frequent, the artists were all excellent and fun, and were rewarded with very warm applause. Needless to say, all performances were sold out.


Kiarostami @ MOMA June 11, 2007

Filed under: Art,Film,Iran,Media — Tara @ 4:48 am
Abbas Kiarostami: Image Maker
March 1–May 28, 2007


Abbas Kiarostami’s gallery installation Five (2004)—a canny and sublime work which will also be screened as a single theatrical projection during the retrospective of the artist’s entire moving-image oeuvre—beautifully mines the potential of digital imagery and sound while playfully investigating the fluid limits of documentary art practice. Alternatively titled Five Dedicated to Ozu, the work was acquired by MoMA after its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, and this is its first presentation in the U.S. as a media installation. This meditative work, which focuses on the ebb and flow of the tide at a beach, comprises five segments projected in a continuous and synchronized loop onto five separate partitions dividing the gallery space, with the audio component of each screen blending slightly together.

This work is presented in conjunction with MoMA’s Abbas Kiarostami film retrospective


Iranian Filmmaker Extraordinaire May 22, 2007

Filed under: Art,Film,Iran,Iranian — Tara @ 6:20 pm

caveh1.jpg And by extraordinary, I mean just that.   The fact that no Iranian Ive met knows his name, is a huge testimony to the supra-Kiarostami & anti-establishment nature of his art.   Perhaps he spells CAVEH with C so to delibrately keep us off the scent! : ) First saw him in the philosophy-cum-dreamscape masterpeice Waking Life, and loved his stylistic PZAZZ of talking and his obvious genuine passion for the cinematic arts.   Now working on finding his films … 

His biography & filmography can be found @  


Ahmadinejad’s Dream May 12, 2007

Filed under: Art,Comic,Film,Humor,Iran,Politics,Video,War — Tara @ 6:00 pm

Funny animation clip on You Tube:



Filed under: Art,Iran,Iranian,Music — Tara @ 5:57 pm


A Swedish-Iranian band of two sisters, sarcastic Farsi lyrics, video clips featuring Qajar costumes & electric guitars & unibrow punk!


Photo Essay April 27, 2007

Filed under: Art,Iran,Islam,Journalism,Media,Photography,Politics,Tehran — Tara @ 4:10 pm
The Imam as an Idol ……. and they say sculpture is blasphemy??
“Walls of Martyrdom”: Tehran’s Propaganda Murals
By Fotini Christia

I Feel MEH today (bad dreams last nite) April 26, 2007

Filed under: Art,Design,Iranian,Web — Tara @ 9:46 am

wefeelfine.gif is guru Jonathan Harris‘ creation that scours blogs to compile data about human feelings as reported by the words “I feel ….”  

you need java to view it, but the graphics are otherworldly ………. on that note, if youre wondering what this has to do with iran, the designer, Sepandar Kamvar, does.



Sep Kamvar is the technical lead of personalization at Google and a Consulting Professor of Computational Mathematics at Stanford University. His current interests lie in search, data mining, and street art. He founded Distilled (, a clothing line and artist collective based out of San Francisco. He hasn’t won any awards, but his mom thinks he’s handsome.

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