Signal from the rooftop!
Milad Forouzandeh
03' 03" | 16:9 | 2020 | HD digital
Original Language : English 英文 | Subtitle :
“Andaruni” (Persian: اندروني "inside") is the inner quarter in a traditional Iranian house where women live; it has been described as a harem in Arabic. In traditional Persian residential architecture, the Andaruni is a part of the house in which the private quarters are established. This is a specific part of the house where women in the household are free to move about without being seen by an outsider (Na Mahram). This is also the place where women can interact with their kin (Maharem) without having to follow the dress code or without wearing the Hijab. There is also a closet-like space called "Pastoo" which means an additional small room built behind a room,  where precious things are kept. The Pastoo is actually one of the most private places in the traditional houses of Iran. In a 3-month quarantine caused by Covid-19, I was looking for such a space of psychological safety in my apartment, something that has been physically omitted in contemporary Persian residential building design. Psychologically speaking, the space inside my apartment seemed to be getting smaller and smaller! During these long hours, I was just sitting at my computer terminal, staring at the cloud storage to which I had virtual access. These storage spaces were filled with the most private and even precious information and things I had saved and through which I was trying to expand my apartment space in different aspects. This project is a journey seeking to create, connect and remind the audience of a sense of psychological security, from “physical space in the past architecture” to a “transformation in contemporary architecture” and a trust in “cloud spaces” possible only as  part  of our virtual architecture.

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Milad Forouzandeh was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran. He graduated in 2012 with a BA in Visual Communications from Shiraz Art Institute of Higher Education, where he developed his approach to digital and new media art, and also worked as a teaching assistant. In 2010, he won the title of top young Iranian visual artist. His works have been nominated and selected in biennales and events in Shangyuan Art Museum, Tate Britain, Hard Disk Museum, The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, NODE Forum for Digital Arts, CADAF contemporary and digital art fair and more. In 2014, Forouzandeh founded the “Dar-Al-Hokoomeh Project” with Mohsen Hazrati, an independent new media art project based in Shiraz with a vision to create a community dedicated to emerging artistic practices, workshops, talks, presentations, and exhibitions. In 2016, Forouzandeh began lecturing as an Assistant Professor in his alma mater, teaching Digital Arts courses. In 2017, he was invited to be one of the guest speakers on the “Mollasadra St” episode of the TEDx video series.

Based on his experience as an artist and curator in DAHproject, Forouzandeh developed his emphasis on the investigation of human behavior and emotions, and the effects of culture in the past and present. His work thus anticipates future cultural changes and how they assign meaning to our living experiences. The use of contemporary and emerging technologies enables his work to bridge the cultural timeline between past and future.

Keywords 關鍵字

Virtual culture, psychological safety, virtual architecture