Introducing New Media Society

Parkingallery Projects had started its activities in Summer 1998 in a garage space in North-West of Tehran, it has established Parking Video Library in 2003-2004, as a research platform for Video, Moving images and experimental film. Back in 2007, after an exchange project with Berlin,  3 artists who were based in Tehran at a time,  gathered in a Cafe to discuss the necessity of a collective dedicated to New Media Arts in Tehran, Translation, Archiving, and Education were on the top of their list of ideas. Although that didn’t lead anywhere concrete at the time. Those continuous conversations paved the way for what is now called “New Media Society”.  Established in 2014, the young initiative didn’t have a permanent space for a year and after working in a rented temporary office in downtown Tehran for a couple of months, finally, they landed in a small house in Karimkhan Ave, which later became what is now known as New Media Projects, a library,  an Archive, and a project space. in the following years, started to host its own events and soon other collectives joined to hold their programs at the space, an analog photo lab was added to space and a curated residency program.


Wake-up Stories, Summer Residency at Club Solo, Breda

‘Wake-up Stories’ Parkingallery Tehran

Hotel Solo
6 till 28 August 2016

Throughout August, Club Solo will host the independent artists’ initiative Parkingallery from Tehran, taking on the name of Hotel Solo to host artists from abroad. This marks the second time a foreign artists’ initiative has been a part of the Hotel Solo programme.

Hotel Solo is Club Solo’s way of reaching out to international artists’ initiatives and providing them with the opportunity to present themselves outside of their own location. They do so according to their own insight.

Parkingallery has presented young artists from Tehran since 1998. One component of its programming is the Iranian New Media Society (INMS), a platform for studying and showing new media art in Iran. Parkingallery will start a new initiative in Breda: ‘The Nomad School for New Media, Sound and Performance’. Nine young Iranian artists will be presenting workshops, events and public projects at Club Solo, under the moniker of ‘Wake-up Stories’.

Wake-up Stories

– When did you wake up?
– I don’t know, a while ago…
– Tell me about it?
– Why? do you wanna ask if I had a dream?
– No, tell me a story, a wake-up story!

Storytelling is an essential part of Iranian culture, and an important aspect of the participating artists’ projects.

‘Wake-up Stories’ will play host to a number of meetings and exchanges centred around the notion of awakening and the transition from sleeping to waking. How does storytelling play a role in this? How can stories feed the imagination and bring about connections and changes?

The artists from Iran will be working together with Iranian artists living and working in Europe and guest lecturers from the fields of visual art, performance, film, audiovisual media, architecture, photography, and cooking., Parkingallery initiator and curator Amirali Ghasemi will act as the curator of ‘Wake-up Stories’.

Artists (Iran)
Sara Saniee (Teheran, 1977), Amirali Ghasemi (Teheran, 1980), Raha Faridi (Teheran, 1980), Allahyar Najafi (Iran, 1980), Nasim Davari (Teheran, 1981), Shahrzad Malekian (Teheran 1981), Maede Jenab (Teheran, 1985), Sajedeh Elhami (Mashad, 1988)

Guests (Nederland, Duitsland en België)
Nazgol Emami (Teheran 1978, woont en werkt in Keulen), Sohrab Motabar en Leonie Roessler (Teheran, 1984 en Duitsland, wonen en werken in Den Haag), Erfan Abdi (Teheran, 1983, woont en werkt in Den Haag), Mahdieh Fahimi (1988, woont en werkt in Gent), Setareh Fatehi Irani (woont en werkt in Amsterdam), Atousa Bandeh (Teheran, 1968, woont en werkt in Amsterdam), Pendar Nabipour (woont en werkt in Rotterdam)

You can visit Club Solo from Wednesday till Sunday from 11 AM til 5 PM. Besides these regular opening hours, there are events plannend every week which you can find on our Website and Facebook page.

Programme week 31 (week 1, 1 – 7 augustus)
Programme week 32 (week 2, 8-14 augustus)
Programme week 33 (week 3, 15-21 augustus)
Programme week 34 (week 4, 22-28 augustus)

New Photographs | Mohammadreza Mirzaei | No. 6 Gallery

This Friday No. 6 Gallery will host “New Photographs” the latest Photography exhibition by Mohammadreza Mirzaei.
Mohammadreza Mirzaei (born 1986) is an Iranian photographer. He attended IRIB Art School, in Tehran to study graphic design, when he was 15, but he quickly discovered photography and focused his artworks on this medium. In 2008, his photo series Rewind won the first prize of the 3rd photo feast of Tehran’s University of Art. MIRZAEI has been active as critic and translator of photographic texts for Iranian media and he was also founder and editor of Dide Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to contemporary Iranian photography. He was also one of the jurors at the International Photobook Award 2011. He recently got his degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

WE FIND WILDNESS writes about his works :

MOHAMMADREZA MIRZAEI‘s photos are timeless. His artistic approach to the medium transforms reality into a theater of illusion. His staging of the ordinary creates a simulacrum, and the neutral elements of our daily lives take on new meanings. No matter where they are captured, his images are enigmatic documents that gradually give rise to a sense of uncertainty.

Opening: Friday: Friday 10th October 2014, 4-8 pm
The show continues until 20th October 2014.
Visiting Hours: 4-8 pm.
The gallery is closed on Thursdays.
Ground Floor, No.2, 20th St., Mirza Shirazi St., Tehran

Noor-Sanj | light-meter

Noor-Sanj | light-meter
Videos from Parking video Library

With works by
Mohamad Abbasi, Rasoul Ashtari, Hadi Falahpisheh, Mani Mazinani, Shirin Mohammad, Allahyar Najafi, Hamed Sahihi, Neda Zarfsaz & Mo H Zarei
Curated by Amirali Ghasemi

machine brut(e) by mo H. zareei aka mHz

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

About two years ago, I met Marlies Poshl in Tehran, an enthusiastic Film/video maker who came for a one-month Residency at the Austrian Embassy. the encounter caused a series of conversations which lead to further collaborations, next year during the 5th edition of the Limited Access Festival we had the pleasure to invite 2 members from Golden Pixel (Marlies Poshl and Nathalie Koger) to curate a screening program from Vienna. Vanishing point was a response to that invitation, and Now LIGHT-METER is a counter program curated from Parkingallery’s Video archive, from Iranian artists question the notion of “Light” in parallel to their various concerns and perspectives using from everyday objects to music and from dance, found footage & Animation to music.

Alternative Media from Iran At REDCAT

a woman is worth a thousand questions.
Alternative Media from Iran


Mon Oct 27 |8:30 pm|
Tuesday, Oct 28 |8:30 pm|

Jack H. Skirball Series
Admission:  $11 [members $8]

Presented as part of the LA/Islam Arts Initiative led by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The citywide LA/Islam Art Initiative arrives at REDCAT with two evenings of powerful, eye-opening works that deconstruct and recontextualize women’s complex relationship with Islam in Iranian culture and society. Running the gamut from experimental film to video and performance art, from animation to documentary, the featured projects draw special attention to the ways in which women and women’s bodies are posited both within Islam and at its border, with the codes of sexual propriety, veiling and separation functioning as signifiers of a condition fraught with contradiction and hope.

The evening of Monday, October 27 will be devoted to experimental media, with a video performance by photographer Haleh Anvari, an installation and documentation of a public performance by multi-media artist Jinoos Taghizadeh, an experimental animation by Pooya Razi, witty, poignant, and visually compelling vignettes by Samira Eskandarfar and Nassrin Nasser and body art by Nikoo Tarkhani. On Tuesday, October 28, three documentaries focusing on the bodies of women and their representation will be shown: two shorter pieces by Samira Eskandarfar and Firouzeh Khorosvani and Loghman Khaledi’s award-winning Nessa (2011).

In-person: Haleh Anvari, schedule permitting

This program is also part of REDCAT’s ongoing Jack H. Skirball Series curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Launching this fall, the Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI) brings together nearly 30 cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles to tell various stories of traditional and contemporary art from multiple Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI is the first-of-its-kind, wide-scale citywide initiative on Islamic arts producing and presenting programmings such as art exhibitions, panels, discussions, and performances.

“Middle Eastern artists do not need heroes. They are tired of sacred portraits and they actively tear them down. They despise halos of sacredness be it based on religious, historical or political ideologies – even if they are based on traditional or modern artistic concepts.” – Jinoos Taghizadeh

If there is a thread that runs through [contemporary Iranian video works], it’s their self-conscious fragility as carriers of meaning. They invoke collectivity only to underscore its absence, and they hint at a historical narrative only to shrug off any shared ideals of progress. – Bidoun

 (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is located at 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 – in downtown Los Angeles at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets, inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking structure and in adjacent lots.

Salvation, GAZA at Niavaran Cultural Center – Tehran

Salvation, GAZA
Contemporary art exhibition
Curated by Amir Hossein Bayani, Gohar Dashti and Koroush Golnari
Niavaran Cultural Center
September 12 – October 13, 2014

Salvation, Gaza | poster designed by Hamid Nikkhah

from the press release …

Although the image of war and tramp of Palestinian in Gaza scare us, the bomb does not fall on our houses. Who can fully understand the ultimate misery and suffering by looking at these photo in a secure and peaceful situation? The mass media coverage of the Gaza Strip promotes passiveness and prostration. A mother who has lost her child and has no choice but grieving. That is the same portrayal of the oppressed’s reaction to the tyrant and it is the subject of melodramas which move us. At this point, what might tears and sigs show outside the geographical boarder of Palestine? Does it have any effects rather that public announcement of prostration and promotion of the desperate oppression? The Gaza Exhibition is the attempt to portray this catastrophe devoid of philanthropic feelings and excitements. Although the purpose of this exhibition is to support Palestinian People, it endeavors to look at them as strong and active people rather than oppressed people who deserve pity. Hence, I have tried to look for works that do not provoke immediate feelings which get subsided quickly. Despite the fact that this exhibition does not soothe the pain of Gaza’s disaster, it is a movement away from common desperation and prostration of today’s shows. It the approach to say we are not indifferent and are able to do something except crying.
Gohar Dashti


more info will be posted accordingly!


Cohesive Disorder by PAYAM MOFIDI at Asar Art Gallery, Tehran

PAYAM MOFIDI Cohesive Disorder
12 September -3 October, 2014

Cohesive Disorder
Assar Art Gallery presents Cohesive Disorder, an exhibition of drawings and a video installation by Payam Mofidi.
In his second solo show with the gallery, the artist debuts his latest series in his hometown, Tehran, before presenting it in FNC (Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal) in October 2014. A metaphoric narrative on present human conditions viewed from an ontological and social perspective, the series comprises six drawings and three video animations. Narrated in a lyrical aesthetic language, all three parts of the video-installation share a visual and epistemological expression. The paradoxical plot – agony and comfort (Cohesive Disorder1), innocence and impurity (Cohesive Disorder 2) and searching while blindfolded (Cohesive Disorder 3) – as well as the loop in which the characters seem to be trapped, metaphorically signify the social actuality of contemporary man. The hands as an invisible controlling power with the napkin as a healing icon or an instrumental tool play key motifs in all three parts of the trilogy, poetically referring to the global social order in which the very production of people, their bodies and even modes of subjectivity undergo a constant monitoring and control. Payam Mofidi’s drawings and videos are both based on real scenography, captured in time through either staged photography or videography. Using same technique to transfer the photos or his selected video frames onto paper, he artistically manipulates his captured images with his sketches and creates his independent drawings out of the photos or turn the sketched frames back into video using animation techniques.

From Cohesive Disorder by PAYAM MOFIDI – 2014 Image courtesy of Artist and Asar Art Gallery

Born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran, Payam Mofidi has participated in many international group exhibitions and festivals and received several grants. Before moving to Montreal, Canada, where he currently lives and works, he received his Master’s degree in Animation from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratif in Paris and his BA in Graphic Design from Azad University in Tehran.

Click here to see more at Asar Art Gallery’s website

3rd Friday of August – Tehran Gallery Scene

Thanks to the lower temperature (a bit)  in Tehran, Galleries are slowly waking up with solo/debut shows by young artists and of course, group shows are trendy too, for this time of the year.

 The Emphasized Six - Merva Gallery -Babak Haj MohammadAli, Ghazaleh Zeinalpour, Nima Maghsoudi
The Emphasized Six – Merva Gallery -Babak Haj MohammadAli, Ghazaleh Zeinalpour, Nima Maghsoudi
Mourning for the dead sister| Hamid Janipour & Roozbeh Roozbehani | Mehrva Gallery | Aug 24 – Sep 8

Mehrva Gallery with new directors Amirali Golriz & Azin Raad, has been raising a lot of attention lately with their vibrant programming showing a great selection of photographs and drawings.
the second half of August will be reserved for photographers;
With “The Emphasized Six” a current photo installation (and interactive ) by Babak Haj MohammadAli, Ghazaleh Zeinalpour & Nima Maghsoudi and the upcoming show by Hamid Janipour & Roozbeh Roozbehani called “Mourning for the dead sister”, and their photographs from Istanbul, Turkey.

Cradle | Aliyar Rasty | Video still
Cradle | Aliyar Rasty | Video still

Aaran gallery has hosted a Solo Video exhibition of Aiyar Rasti. Titled “PRO.LOGUE”. Opening at Aaran Gallery on 21st August.

The questioning notion of time, Aliyar Rasti will present six video artworks that have been in making for almost two years. These works are a play between staged and documentary image-making; by documenting real-time events in Long Takes and deluding the essence of time, he attempts to create loops. Continuous moving images that are trapped in time.

He writes: Occurrences do not begin but are a continuous eternity
In the passage of time, we arrive to a point of occurrence and experience it. Based on our experiences we categorize occurrences and create borders. Borders break down the polarity of  Being and credence repetition.
check Rasty’s online portfolio, here

Sara Dehghan | Pathological Life
Sara Dehghan | Pathological Life

Sara Dehghan is showing her Paintings in a solo Exhibition at Dastan’s Basement: “Pathological Life” Aug 22 to Sep 1, 2014
Click here for more info on the gallery website.

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