Sonic Garden

Sonic Garden – Sat. Sep 11

Rojin Sharafi (IR/AT), mHz (IR/NZ), Houman Hoorsan (IR)

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Sat. Sep 11

12:00 – 15:00 CEST Ars Electronica Garden Tehran – Beshknow
regular program
15:00 – 17:00 CEST Learning Salon:
Sam Gershman [Harvard University] – Learning without a Brain
17:00 – 18:00 CEST Ars Electronica Garden Tehran – Beshknow
regular program
18:00 – 19:00 CEST Rojin Sharafi
19:00 – 20:00 CEST mHz
20:00 – 21:00 CEST Tehran Soundscapes
w/ Houman Hoorsan – The Grand Bazaar of Tehran
21:00 – 00:00 CEST Ars Electronica Garden Tehran – Beshknow
regular program

(12 h replay)

Rojin Sharafi (IR/AT): Rojin Sharafi (IR/AT) is a Vienna-based, Tehran-born sound artist, performer and composer of acoustic and electronic music, freely crossing the borders between genres. She creates entirely unique musical textures using analogue, acoustic and augmented instruments, as well as digital tools of her own devising. She is currently pursuing her masters in sound engineering and composition at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. Her debut album “Urns Waiting to be Fed,” with Zabte Zote, has been lauded as “one of [2019’s] most ecstatic and fiercely original hours of music.” A second album, “Zangaar,” was released in 2020. Sharafi has worked with countless collaborators and been part of numerous co-productions in film and dance. Her work has been presented at festivals and venues the world over from Sheffield to Riga and Budapest to New York and Washington DC. She is a SHAPE 2020 artist and recipient of the 2018 Austrian female Composers prize.

mHz (IR/NZ): Mohammad H. Zareei (IR/NZ) aka mHz (b. 1985, Tehran) is an Iranian audiovisual artist and electronic musician whose practice ranges from electronic compositions to kinetic sound-sculptures and multimedia installations. He has presented his work at various international venues such as International Symposium on Electronic Art (Montreal, Vancouver, and Dubai), Future Now Symposium (York), New Zealand Festival (Wellington), and Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition, to name a few. His installation work “Rasping Music” was the recipient of the 1st prize for Sound Art at the international Sonic Arts Award 2015 (Italy). Zareei holds a BSc in Physics from Shahid University of Tehran, a BFA in Music Technology from California Institute of the Arts, and a PhD in Sonic Arts from Victoria University of Wellington. Over the course of his research, he has developed a portfolio of scholarly and artistic work focused on the intersection of sound art and brutalist architecture. His work has been published in journal publications such as Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press) and Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and featured on web-based platforms such as Streaming Museum, Creative Applications, and Fast Company. Working under the moniker „mHz“, his electronic music projects have been published via LINE (US), Important Records (US), leerraum (Switzerland), and Kasuga Records (Germany).

Houman Hoorsan (IR): The Grand Bazaar is an old historical bazaar in Tehran. It is split into several corridors over 10 km in length. Each specializing in different types of goods, and has several entrances, with Sabze Meydan being the main entrance. These recordings of Tehran’s soundscapes are made by a Tehran-based collective who attempts at raising awareness toward the culture of mindful listening, toward the art of listening. The collective focuses on the sonic environment of Tehran and its practice involves field recordings, making archives, researching archives, running workshops, and organizing sound walks. The collective started in 2018 by a group of students of Audio Technology at Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch.