Interdisciplinary Researchers + Artists Network

The project by Shahram Entekhabi in collaboration with Hannah Munger and Sophia Schultz
Kindly supported by Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin

Iran Inside Out - Tailored

Iran Inside Out – Tailored Held over two weekends in April 2010 in Berlin, Iran Inside Out – Tailored was a program of presentations, discussions and a live curating event addressing the need for dialogue regarding the status of visual arts on a global scale. The program designed by i RAN Home, is part of a movement to create a forum for investigating, sharing and challenging existing views about art: how it is promoted, celebrated, challenged, embraced and denied in Western and non-Western spheres.
Believing that visual art is an instrument for global communication, that art observes no geographic borders and that art can neither be granted nor denied permissions, a group of artists, academics and curators gathered for an extended conversation on their role and participation in a global art world. The program initially reflected on Iran Inside Out, a traveling exhibition on view in New York, Chicago and Dubai in 2009 2010, with discussions focusing on the three different presentations of the exhibition. Rapidly and organically, the program developed into reflections on the drastic changes within the global art world over the last half century.
The discourse spanned political and economic situations and the expanding role of Western institutions in both Western and non Western art scenes.
The two weekend program culminated with myriad questions and a focused motivation as to how can we as members of a global art community promote and challenge existing methods of practice to protect art as an international agent for communication and cultural understanding.


So Hot?! So Not?!

So hot?! So not?!

Friday, April 9, 2010

"So Hot?! So Not?!" is the title we chose for a survey that was conducted on the streets of Berlin. With this survey we wanted to reflect on the presumed censorship that the exhibition "Iran Inside Out" faced in Dubai. From the original 56 artists with their 210 works of art only 24 artists were shown at the Farjam Collection in Dubai. Some of the works that were presented, were neither exhibited in New York, nor in Chicago. Further, 6 of those 24 artists were originally not part of "Iran Inside Out". By means of the survey "So Hot?! So Not?!" we asked the public to choose ten works of art which they would like to exhibit in a gallery if given the opportunity. They could select from 56 pictures, with each picture representing a work by a different artist. It goes without saying that those small pictures could not present the participant of the survey with the chance to fully grasp the piece of art depicted. Nevertheless the point of "So Hot?! So Not?!" is above all to mirror the process of selecting certain pieces of art and thereby excluding others. This process can follow quite random or even very personal rules, which are reflected in the question "So Hot?! So Not?!" What is "hot" can stand in for a rather innocent reflection of personal taste, as well as a deeply rooted and recurring hidden agenda.

Ban on music in Iran

Ban on music in Iran

Presentation, live performance, and talk, April 10, 2010

Presentation, live performance Heydar Sajedi, composer and musician for theatre and film moderated by Jamila Adeli

Lost in Transmission


Lost in Transmission

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lost in Transmission Screening and discussion with Tanja Ostojic, Magdalena Kallenberger and Silvina Der-Meguerditchian
Curated by Shahram Entekhabi & Hannah Munger, moderated by Sophia Schultz

Tanja Ostojic
Integration Project Archive, 2000-2010, video, 12:00 min.
Tanja Ostojic is intending to process another chapter of her "Integration Project Archive" 2000-2010. This time it is a small video archive regarding German integration polices towards Iranian asylum seekers, the way they feel about it and why they have left Iran. Ostojic made some ten hours of largely blind interviews in Farsi, German and English seven years ago primarily with Iranian women asylum seekers in Hamburg and Lüneburg, She also interviewed their integration teachers and program leaders (Vericom, Equal, Verain Iraninen und Iraner), as well as Amir, her Iranian colleague at the time from an alternative "Sprachschule" that Ostojic organized in Halle für Kunst Lüneburg. Ostojic also was able to interview his family at the occasion of private dinner that she was invited to inside of an asylum-seeker's home in Lüneburg.

Magdalena Kallenberger
My so-called life in-between – The Family, video, 10 min.
My so-called life in-between – The Family is part of the research project "The surface of Reality" Kallenberger was working on during a six month postgraduate grant sponsored by the DAAD German Academic Council in Teheran, Iran 2008. My so-called life in-between – The Family is a letter to Kallenberger's family and friends back home describing her daily life living in an Iranian family. New rules and unknown codes. Personal attempts to assimilate, individual failure and in the end the escape.

Silvina Der-Meguerditchian
underconstructionhome, presentation/talk
Founded in 2004 by Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Underconstruction is a communication platform for artists interested in issues of identity, transglobalization and the construction of both personal and group consciousness. Underconstruction is also interested in issues of concern to worldwide diasporas, including but not limited to the Armenian diaspora. The artists and intellectuals currently associated with the group reside in Paris, London, New York and .


Culture - A mere fig leave of national interests?


Culture - A mere fig leave of national interests?

Lecture by Kristina Tencic, April 17, 2010

This presentation questions the role of institutions in their support and production of culture. It will reflect on the new opaque (self-) censorship of cultural players in the realm of national states and their interests, and gives food for thought about how artists challenge their position in relation to political institutions.


Boîte iranienne en valise

Boîte iranienne en valise

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The "Boîte iranienne en valise" is meant to use a suitcase. Inside the suitcase, several walls have been erected that will function like the exhibition walls. Ten pieces will be installed on these walls, the ten works being those that "won" the questionnaire "so hot?! So Not?! (i.e. the works that received the biggest amount of "balls" from the public... The installment is intended to be a live event: Members of the i RAN HOME team will use small reproductions of the winning pieces to discuss the best possible placement, etc., and then glue them on the tiny walls inside the suitcase.

"Boîte iranienne en valise" is based on the survey "So Hot?! So Not?!". "Boîte iranienne en valise" was an interactive performance, in which the 10 works that won the most votes in the survey were jointly exhibited in the interior of a suitcase. Hereby, the setting up of an exhibition was enacted by the participants of the event. They glued small reproductions of the winning pieces onto miniature walls inside the suitcase. During that live event, everyone was encouraged to act as a curator.

This piece of art that was created on that occasion (the miniature exhibition "Iran Inside Out-Tailored" in the suitcase) to the venues in New York City, Chicago and Dubai.