Iranian Video Art Featured in Public Art Discussion at CMA on June 20 2013
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June 14, 2013 3:09 pm at 3:09 pm #97623
Iranian Video Art Featured in Public Art Discussion
Lost and Found in Tehran: Contemporary Iranian Video, featuring video art rarely seen outside Iran, will be presented Thursday, June 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street.
This free program will include a screening of video art curated by Sohrab Kashani from “Tehran Video Forum” — a database of Iranian video art since 2000 — and a live discussion via Skype between public artist Jon Rubin and Kashani, who will be in Tehran. Featured Iranian video artists include Sasan Abri, Marzieh Bagheri, Ghazaleh Bahiraei, Yousha Bashir, Amir Bastan, Anita Esfandiari, Parisa Foroutan, Alireza Labeshka, Mojgan Mollahosseini, Mahtab Mozayan, Hajar Naseri, Aliyar Rasti, Mojdeh Sadjadi, and Soraya Sharghi.
Rubin is the creator of The Time and The Temperature, a thought-provoking public art work currently on view in downtown Columbus at E. Broad and Third streets, adjacent to Trinity Episcopal Church. Rubin responded directly to the curatorial premise that Finding Time presented to participating artists: “to make the City of Columbus aware of the passing of time, the use of time, measurement of time, the chronology of a life, world time, and the notion of temporary and permanent.”
A custom-made sign that is similar to those commonly seen in front of businesses, churches, and schools that give the exact time and temperature of the location where they are installed, Rubin’s sign tells the current time and temperature in Tehran, Iran—a city that is geographically distant (and eight and a half hours ahead of Columbus), yet is in our news on a daily basis. The Time and The Temperature presents a moment where the space between here and there is collapsed and viewers might temporarily project themselves into a foreign place and circumstance. As Columbus takes stock of its 200-year history and looks to the future, it is natural that we consider our place in the state, the nation, and the world.
Lost and Found in Tehran: Contemporary Video and The Time and the Temperature are two of the projects comprising Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012, which took place in public spaces, plazas, parks, streets, and alleys throughout the downtown during the bicentennial year and beyond. The program transformed downtown into an open-air gallery with temporary public art projects by more than 50 international, national, and local artists. Reflecting the broad range of contemporary public art in multiple forms and media, projects ranged from the familiar—sculpture and murals—to unexpected installations, sound works, and performances in non-traditional sites, including COTA buses and church bells. These site-specific artworks explored the physical and philosophical measurement of time, generating questions on the notion of time, passing of time, use of time, measurement of time, world time, and the notion of temporary and permanent.
Lost and Found in Tehran: Contemporary Iranian Video is co-sponsored by Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012 and the Columbus Museum of Art. All sponsors, partners, and collaborators for Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012 are available at http://www.ColumbusPublicArt.com. Artist information and more details are also available on the website.
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