BREAKFAST with DINOSAURS
A collaboration with Sahahram Entekhabi
Breakfast with Dinosaurs is focused on a social dimension: living in a megapolis city, Tehran, and the different social manifestations of contemporary Iranian society. The film shows the binary opposition of "inside" and “outside" life; The contrast between the inner life inside private homes/empty spaces and the restless fast and crowded awareness of outer space. It uses the conversations/interviews with the taxi drivers in the city as a link or an intermediate stage between these two entities. (It is very common for private cars to take passengers along the way to be able to survive in Tehran.) These conversations/ true stories are brought into play as a way of "mapping" the city, based on the life experiences of the chauffeurs. The abstract, performative actions of a female character, poetically expressing deprivation, abandonment, melancholy, and the sense of victimhood add a mysterious third layer to the film.
NATURE OF CURATING
A collaboration with Shahram Entekhabi
The project consisted of screenings and two days of workshops/ discussions.-
In Iran, art galleries are almost the only functioning model of exhibition practice. A contemporary non-profit institutional system is hardly existing as well as curatorial studies. Art that is "hard to sell" – ephemeral forms, video art, installation art, and performance – exists but hardly finds a place of discussion. "The Nature of Curating"
challenges the subject of curating in relation to aesthetic, social, political, and philosophical contemporary applications. And also, questions the differences between contemporary art and exhibition practice in Iran.
"The Nature of Curating" aims to create an awareness of the importance and the necessity of curatorial engagement. It presents various interviews with a wide range of international curators with different backgrounds and perspectives, asking fundamental questions about curating and the importance of the role of a curator as well as their views on the nationalization of contemporary art and using alternative spaces and many more questions that we found relevant to the Iranian art scene today.
René Block- Gallerist, curator, and collector, former director of the Fridericianum, Kassel.
Shulamit Bruckstein Çoruh - Curator and holder of professorships in Philosophy, Visual Theory, Taswir studies in Jerusalem, Berlin, Lucerne, Frankfurt, Hamburg.
Sergey Fofanov - Curator, collaborator of Kasper König for "Manifesta 10", Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
Mark Gisbourne - Curator, critic, a former tutor and lecturer at University of London, Slade School of Fine Art, London, and Manchester University.
Adrienne Goehler - Curator, publicist, former Senator for Science, Research and Culture in Berlin and one of Europe's foremost cultural debaters.
Erika Hoffmann-Koenige- Art collector.
Alexander Koch- Gallerist, curator, theorist.
Christin Lahr- Artist, curator, and professor for media art at the School of Visual Arts, Leipzig.
Sonja Longolius- Curator, art historian, Ph.D. "Becoming an Author" (2015),
Michael Thoss- Curator, former head of the visual arts, film, and media section of the House of World Cultures, managing director of the Allianz Cultural Foundation.
Silke Wittig - Curator, head of communication and public program at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Olaf Stüber - Owner of Olaf Stüber gallery in Berlin, organizer of Videoart at Midnight.