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Footprints of Iranian Regime in Governmental Art

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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Footprints of Iranian Regime in Governmental Art

(Free “Peace Symphony” in Europe & Discounted “Music Concerts” in the US)

by: Ali Taalebinezhaad

Feb. 17, 2010

Every year, the “Islamic Republic of Iran” (IRI) has had elaborate celebrations around 22nd of Bahman (11th of February) to commemorate its anniversary of taking power in Iran. However due to the June fraud election and subsequent public uprisings, the regime has had difficulties in running its usual shows in Iran because many of the local and international artists have boycotted such celebrations in sympathy with the Iranian protesters whose basic human rights have been violated by Khamenei-Ahmadinejad regime.

In order to stay in power, the IRI regime has been using the national oil revenues in any ways it could to violently combat the protesters inside Iran and at the same time it has been trying to cover its iron feast internationally. In this process, the regime has now resorted to using art and artists for achieving its goals. The free performances of “Peace Symphony” around 22nd of Bahman in expensive European halls which have been fully financed by the regime, is only one example. The Iranians in European cities who protested at these performances have cited the pressures that the IRI regime has been imposing on socially responsible artists in Iran.

سمفوني جنجالي صلح و اميد در اروپا

Also from a couple of weeks ago, groups such as Iranian Association of Boston (IAB) and MIT Persian Students Association (PSA) have been repeatedly promoting and offering discounted tickets for a music concert by Hossein Alizadeh & Keyhan Calhor under the title of “Masters of Persian Music”. Unfortunately this is the same music group which performed at the glamorous Disney Hall in Los Angeles on the eve of 22nd of Bahman when the local Iranians were preparing to protest against the IRI regime. This music program became even more questionable when they limited their concert to love songs and refused to sing a song called “Faryad” (loud protest voice) which had some relevance to current situation and they had performed it in previous years. Such actions by Alizadeh/Calhor group resulted in a public protest during their performance which you can read more about at:

تظاهرات جمعی از ایرانیان ساکن لس آنجلس درکنسرت علیزاده و کلهر در تالار دیسنی درشب جشن سالگرد انقلاب اسلامی

Some might want to avoid facing the motivations behind such performances by simply arguing that art should be kept separated from politics and we should enjoy art as it is. This can be a good argument in general but in the current circumstances that the criminal regime of Khamenei-Ahmadinejad severely punishes any artist which does not follow its line of thoughts, artists who are collaborating with this criminal regime are practically increasing the pressure on socially responsible artists whose human rights have been already violated.

There is rarely a day goes by that we do not hear about such violations. For example, yesterday, Jafar Panahi (acclaimed movie director) who was scheduled to give a talk at Berlin Movie Festival was prevented from leaving Iran. At the same time, people such as Alizadeh and Calhor can freely travel and make money by selling out the interests of Iranian people to the highest bidder, namely the IRI regime in this case.

.از خروج جعفر پناهی جلوگیری شد

The notion of using art for supporting social causes is not a strange idea but a human instinct which socially responsible artists have exercised and made admirable names for themselves through the human history. For example after about a century, the lyrics and music of Aref Ghazvini such as “Az khoone javanane vatan laleh damideh” which he composed during the constitution revolution in Iran, is more popular than ever.

Being a socially responsible person is not an eastern or western phenomena but a human characteristic which urges a human being to use his/her talent and/or stature for the interest of society. In 2005, Harold Pinter, the famous English play writer, won the Noble prize in Literature but his was too ill to travel to Stockholm for giving his acceptance speech so instead they played his video speech titled “Art, Truth and Politics” at the Nobel ceremony. At your convenience you can listen to his insightful and informative video speech which is about 50 minutes long at:

Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize Speech: “Art, Truth and Politics” (video)

however his main point is summarized at the last 2 minutes of his speech where he says:

When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror - for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.

If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man.”

 

The full text of his speech can be found at:

Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize Speech: “Art, Truth and Politics” (text only)

 

It is now appropriate to end this article by an example of a traditional Persian song where the artists have used their talents for a social cause while practicing and promoting the beauty of Persian music. It is called “Moje Khoon” which is composed by Rahman Sobhani for a poem with the same name from the late Fereidoon Moshiri. This song is performed by the “Bidad Group” whose singers are Hassan Sharghi and Haleh SeifiZadeh. The general public has valued this beautiful musical work by making it one of the most popular Persian songs on the internet to this date:

“Moje Khoon” Song (Lyrics and MP3 download)

“Moje Khoon” Song (Video)

(NOTE: Some of the internet links have WRONGLY attributed this song to Shajarian and Parisa which would have seemed unlikely in the first place.)

TechnoArt Bike at Cambridge Science Festival

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

TechnoArt bike, pink TechnoArt Bike, AI Lab frame TechnoArt bike, Yellow

Have you ever wished if there was an easy way for converting your ideas and designs to real objects by taking advantage of the latest technologies? The TechnoArt Bike is a high-tech effort, with a touch of art, by Dr. Ali Taalebinezhaad as a proof-of-concept of his patented process for realizing even complex designs.

His work was featured in the Science & Innovation section of Boston Globe Newspaper on April 16, 2007.  The TechnoArt Bike will be showcased at the grand finally event of Cambridge Science Festival on Science & Technolgy:

Saturday, April 28, 2007
12pm-5pm 
MIT Stata Center
(32 Vassar St., Cambridge, MA 02139).

The TechnoArt Bike is designed in a CAD system and then automatically cut out of polycarbonate transparent sheets (Lexan) by a waterjet machine which uses CAD files as input. (At MIT dxf file from CAD is used by Omax for creating cutting path file for water-Jet.) These cut-out pieces are designed to easily lock into each other without any bolts and  nuts.

The TechnoArt Bike looks like a glass-made art sculpture in the first glance but it is indeed a fully functional bike which is built using very advanced manufacturing processes. It is packed with many electro-mechanical devices from magnet-induced lights to electronic radio and many thing else in between. This unique design will be on public display for the first time and only for one afternoon as a part of the upcoming Science Festival in Cambridge on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at MIT Stata Center. Young, old, techie, and non-techies can enjoy and benefit from this special exhibit.

Ordinary people would not need to spend a fortune to a manufacturer or be a machinist guru to build their own dream designs. Such innovative processes allow them to make their dreams come true easily. The same way that word processor and weblogs changed the world of typing and publication as we knew it,  our invotive production process can revolutionarize design productions for common people.  

Full Bike, Front View Bike Front Fork Bike rack, top view Bike Rear Frame

You can see more detailed pictures of the TechnoArt Bike at TechnoArt Photo Gallery.

Raha and TechnoArt bike

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Hi my name is Raha. This is a picture of a bike that my dad made out of plexiglass. It’s equiped with a radio, lights and everyhting in between. You can even ride it!

me and my bike