Wednesday, May 31, 2006

After five years, I bought a 35mm negative yesterday, a black and white P3200 TMAX Kodak. But funny enough I don't know what to do with it or what to photograph. I feel totally empty or somehow scared after taking digital photos for so many years. However it made me think to find something worth photographing, something that one doesn't consider much with digital, because there you first take the photo and then think. Whereas with negative you have to first think.
It also reminded me of Quentin Tarantino who once said if you wanna make movie then go buy some film and put it into your fridge. Every time you go to take a drink, you look at those films and they look back at you and you'll begin to think about your movie. That’s kind of how this is for me now anytime I open my fridge.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

"چون جامعه دید خوبی نداره مجبوریم مخفیانه ثواب کنیم."
یه سایت ِ خفن در مورد ِ ازدواج ِ موقت!

Unprotected Stabbing

Around 500,000 people, plus one Chancellor Angela Merkel, attended the Berlin festivities Friday for the opening of Berlin's "huge, ultra-modern", new main railway station.
Mike P, a 16 year-old kid, "the child of a broken marriage" and "described as drunk" yet "generally a pleasant boy" according to his school principal, goes nuts and stabs at least 36 people.
"One of his first victims was a carrier of the virus which causes AIDS, prompting fears that others who suffered stab wounds or were splattered with blood could be infected. The Charite, a hospital near the scene of the attack, is to give 37 people anti-HIV drugs as a precaution and then test them regularly for HIV infection." News

Maybe the guy didn't like the music or the fire work! What message does one give in such situation? Put condom on your knife when you go stabbing folks at random? What would André Breton have said?

ANAGRAMS (67)

Tiredness
Hung over my eyelid
Weight of a prisoner
Cries my eyes

One skyful of handcuffs
Drops of torture
Red
A bud
Integrity flowers
And felony’s the gardener

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Monday, May 29, 2006

ANAGRAMS (66)

Silent,
Chilled,
Baffled
—As taste of paper
Drenched by connotation—
Certitude’s Shadows shade words

Truth is too heavy
Don’t build your canoe out of newspapers.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Symptom of Philosophy

The Iranian intellectual, Ramin Jahanbegloo has been arrested recently in Iran. I knew his writing through articles and interviews with/by him that I read here and there during the last decade. I have also met him once or twice back home in Tehran. I think I was about eighteen or nineteen when I first met him. We were bunch of kids who have read couple of philosophical texts here and there without any academic methods and mostly of poorly translated book. We realized that what we were reading is not going to do us any good since it was totally chaotic and confusing. So we decided to get hold of someone who could tell us what to read and how to read. Ramin Jahanbegloo had just returned to Iran and was becoming a known name among book readers. I got Jahanbegloo’s phone number through Bijan Jalali (the nephew of the prominent Iranian novelist, Sadegh Hedayat) and called him, asking if he would help us with our problem. He invited me to his home and there I asked my questions and he told me we should begin our readings with Descartes’ Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences which was included in a book Seir-e Hekmat dar Oroopa (that is the first proper history of Western philosophy write in Persian.) But he emphasizes that we should first read the Descartes’ and then the rest of the book. From there on, he believed, we would find our way through our questions.

When I heard that Jahanbegloo has been arrested it did not make any sense to me. Why do they arrest him? Why now? What is the real scheme? What does it signify in the general picture, bearing in mind the crises Iran is facing? It also reminded me that I have but read very little of Jahanbegloo’s writings. So I just got hold of Jahanbegloo's Conversation with Isaiah Berlin and am reading it now (thanks to the Islamic Republic of Iran!) There was a phrase which came all ironic concerning the situation Jahanbegloo is trapped in. Isaiah Berlins said to Jahanbegloo, “Not to know where to look for answer is the surest symptom of a philosophical problem.” Does Islamic republic bear this symptom; because they can’t find “the answer” to the problem therefore they just go around arrest people? Does Iran suffer from the same disease? Is it not the symptom which we Iranians all share no matter where we live and what we do?
As far as I know, Ramin Jahanbegloo’s answer would be “hell, yes!” Through his career he has been and still is (and hopefully will after getting out of that medieval prison be) telling us that our real problem is that of philosophy, of thought.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

New works

Here is the result of the work I've been doing with Jens Burau yesterday. These are two of the sketches of the poster Jens is making for the collective open house of the art schools in Copenhagen. The photo is mine and Jens made the layout and I had some comments on the layout over the phone and Internet because I couldn't go to Copenhagen. I wonder how long this work would take if we didn't have mobile and e-mail and instant message. Thanks God Almighty for creating technology! It is very cool working with Jens; we have made lots of kick-ass stuff together in the last five years, although we have such different and clashing taste and are busy arguing and quarreling all the time. Sometime other people can't stand Jens and I working.
All this reminded me of a conversation I had sometime ago. I was talking to a friend of mine, Kristine who is the artistic director of Tamasha Theater in London and she said "oh, you must be a very hot and famous photographer then." I said, "No! Why do you think so?" She said, "You take photos for all these big clients like Royal Theater, Red Cross, and National Theater School etc." I just smiled. I could really explain that it doesn't work like that in Denmark. Although I have all these things and many more, I am still Mr. Next-to-no-one. I imagine that people either think I lie or I am out of my mind.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Photo in the rain

See what I have to do for make a living, laying on the asphalt in the rain and blistering cold of Denmark! And a big ex-communist German (aka Master Burau) takes photo of my struggle for a piece of bread!!!
I went to Copenhagen today to take some photo for the National Theater School. It's been almost three weeks since I have been to Copenhagen last. Meanwhile I left Helsingør only once and went to Hillerød for a meeting (I'm gonna teach theater and video there from September.)
However I can't really stand Denmark when I go out of my "cave." It's so disturbing. I am happier staying home and seeing no fucking body.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Get real, boy!

'This will not affect the way the government negotiates. Even if there are 100,000 demonstrators, then that is still only one out of 50 Danes.' Copenhagen Post
The game is over; everyone knows it. Just some can't digest the shit. The fact is that nothing really effects the life of majority of Danes in short term, no matter who is governing. It's just a matter of taste, that is, a more or less Copenhagen phenomena. Maybe Copenhagen should become an independent state (as one of my Danish friends suggests) and let the rest have fun.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Business is business

What do you make of this. The fucking third world has to even import its killing equipment from the West! "David Lucas, of Mildenhall, Suffolk, had been selling execution equipment to countries including Zimbabwe for about 10 years." BBC and of course the sweet Western Amnesty International got so upset with this cruelty.
However, I love the terminology: "Multi-hanging Execution Systems!"

Saturday, May 06, 2006

How Tall Are You?


Thsi is a funny country: "Children under 135cm riding in the back seat of a car must be buckled up in an approved safety seat, according to a traffic law that went into effect on Monday... However current regulations prohibit the police from taking out their measuring tape to see how tall a child is." The Copenhagen Post
Just wonder, what about dwarves? Can police measure them? I guess the guy in th epicture above is under 135cm, what about him? Is he to be "buckled?"

Friday, May 05, 2006


I found this a collection of photos by Frank Hurley who was photographing in Iran during the World War II. It's funny to see how shity Iran used to look.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

ANAGRAMS (65)

Like a door, locked forever,
In an impregnable, tightening, ever-lasting wall
Love is there
Just to annoy…

Like love
Lasting for ever
I’m here
To ignore…

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