Insights to Tehran's emerging digital arts scene
Presentation and Panel with Ali Panahi, Amir Bastan, Georg Scherlin, David Brüll
In this panel, Ali Panahi, Tehran-based media artist and co-organizer of the Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition (TADAEX)* gives an introduction to the vibrant Iranian media arts scene. He will give insights into the artist network materializing around three editions of TADAEX, the TADAGRANT prize and the NODE/TADAEX exchange program. Amir Bastan and Georg Scherlin will share their projects and experiences of eight weeks of collaboration in Tehran and Frankfurt.
Background: Founded by NODE and TADAEX, the first artist residency exchange program between the Iranian and the European digital arts scene offers a unique opportunity for media artists to dive into new perspectives, to exchange and to collaborate with each other. The program is funded by the Goethe Institute and started in 2013 with an invitation to Tehran and was followed by the first bilateral visits of Amir Bastan (IR) and Georg Scherlin (DE) in 2014.
During the first part of the exchange program in Tehran, Georg and Amir have been creating the interactive installation “I’m so glad to tell you” which is based on dialogue sequences of famous Iranian and Western movies. The installation was presented on multiple monitors, the classical shot/reverse shot patterns got replaced by recordings of the spectators in the gallery space.
* Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition (TADAEX) was founded in December 2011 to open a new window towards digital art in Iran and to create a serious and independent atmosphere for the enthusiasts and researchers of this field. The generally non-commercial nature of digital art among contemporary art mediums on one hand, and the expensiveness of digital art tools and equipment on the other hand, makes it difficult for the Iranian artists to work and gain experience in this field. Therefore, there might be limited works for display and presentation. Also, the limited academic background and experience need help and management. With all these shortcomings, during the past two periods international artists have been invited to take part in TADAEX for interaction and exchange of experience. This has paved the ground for development and enrichment of Iranian digital art production and presentation. TADAEX displays a selection of Iranian and foreign works, holds training workshops, lectures, multimedia performances, and introduces international associations and festivals.
Mousonturm, Foyer 1