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The frame gallery- Pittsburgh Novemeber 2015

This project is an attempt to share a personal phenomenon. Seeing familiar images in an unfamiliar, unconscious, and defensive context. Technology of augmented reality is the only plausible media for representation of this experience. A two way relation between feelings and technology.

My current project Home tweet Home is a continuation of my investigations about immigration, migration,urban life, separation and memory.  However, memory and longing for one’s homeland play a significant role in my project.  Furthermore, my concerns spark an association with the realm of the liminal and liminality.  Liminality refers to the character of the threshold – whether understood as realized in the event of approach or withdrawal or in the transitory places in which that occurs. Yet whereas the idea of the threshold refers us immediately to something that is both spatial and embodied – the threshold is that across which we step, over which we move, in order to enter or depart – the idea of the liminal refers us to something more general and abstract, but also more associated with the temporal.

It is important to understand values in cross-cultural communication because they serve as multifaceted standards that guide human conduct in a variety of ways. Values are central to comparative understanding of peoples and cross-cultural communication. Both the Middle East and the United States try to communicate with each other and explain their policies and actions in terms in terms of important values.  Yet, one of the greatest difficulties of communication across cultures and studying values and religion is ethnocentrism.  Americans historically have been ethnocentric in judging Middle Easterners and consequently has failed to understand the dynamics of Middle Eastern culture.  The remedy perhaps lies in what might be called cultural relativism, a concept that emphasizes the need to study values of other people within the framework of their culture, not one’s own.

 

Iran videos by: Arash Fewzee

Music: Keyhan Kalhor - the city of silence