This is an excerpt from my multimodal interactive installation that has been exhibited first in Sydney at UTS in November 2011 and later in July 2012 in Tehran as part of Tehran Digital Art Exhibition. In this art-piece which was a collaboration with two photographers, my dear friends, Benjamin Ball in Sydney, and Ali Mazarei in Tehran, I tried to narrate the portrait of two cities through their soundscapes. The book on which the photos were projected consisted of short stories in English written by Benjamin Ball accompanied by some poetry from repertoire of Persian contemporary poets for the Sydney exhibition, while in the exhibition in Tehran, I have selected some of short stories of my very dear friend Ali Hamedani Golshan to whom I am thankful for it. I am indebted and thankful to my PhD supervisor Prof. Kirsty Beilharz for her insightful guidance in developing my ideas in this project. I am thankful to Amir Adibpoor for helping in editing this short video, and to Farbod Zahiri Araghi for his calligraphy for the poster for the exhibition in Sydney. And I am especially thankful to dear friends, Shahrokh Khajenoori, Roger Mills, Amin Edalat Noor and Setare Sianati for their help and support.
No two people walk alike, their footsteps don’t sound the same.
Sydney-Tehran Intersections is a collaborative project for experiencing the affect of contemporary cities as a medium through which the interaction of people is mediated. Our urban world of crowded noises and screens has blunted our ears. We have forgotten how to listen closely, how to delve into our environment with acuity. We are no longer attentive towards one another. Intersections is about attentiveness. It is about rekindling intrigue for the details that define a place, and make it unique.
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