Online Haftsin

Interactive Web installation and performance

روز جمعه اول فروردين   1382 مطابق با 21 مارس  تمام روز  از 4 صبح تا  19 عصر  به وقت ايران 1:30 تا  15:30 به وقت لندن سفره هفت سين خانه ما به صورت زنده در شبكه اينترنت ديده شد.

نوروز سال نو ايراني هاست. سنن و مفاهيم موجود در نوروز ريشه در اساطير و اديان ايران باستان دارد و در در ادبيات و عرفان دوره اسلامي  بارور شده و مفاهيم جديدي پيدا نموده است. به طوريكه پس از قرنها از جذاب ترين وجوه فرهنگ ايراني محسوب ميشود.

معمولا همه ساله ايراني ها در اين ايام خصوصا اولين روز فروردين كه روز عيد است، سفره هفت سين مي چينند. در اين سفره ماهي قرمز، سبزه، آينه و ...... از متداول ترين نمادهايي هستند كه در هر سفره اي ديده ميشوند. معمولا افرادي كه در زمان وقوع تحويل سال و روز اول از يكديگر بازديد ميكنند در كنار اين سفره نيايش و آرزو ميكنند و زندگي جديدي را آغاز ميكنند.

اين سنت فقط خاص مردم ايران امروزه نبوده است ، بلكه شامل حال اقوام همسايه هم ميشده است كه شامل افعانستان، آسياي ميانه، آذربايجان و كردستان ميباشند.

امروزه اين اقوام در گوشه و كنار جهان حضور دارند و با توجه به مشغله هائي كه مردم امروز دارند شايد امكان نباشد كه از همه دوستان ديد و بازديد حضوري داشته باشند.

به منظور زنده نگه داشتن و ياد آوري اين فرهنگ روز اول فروردین 1382  يك سفره ي هفت سين ترتیب داده شد و با استفاده از Web cam  در شبكه اينترنت پمنعکس شد.  در این روز بواسطه خبر الکتونیکی از هزاران کاربر اینترنتی دعوت شد كه در اين ديد و بازديد و عيد ديدني اينترنتي مشاركت كنند.



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Interactive Haftsin

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روز جمعه اول فروردين   1382 مطابق با 21 مارس  تمام روز  از 4 صبح تا  19 عصر  به وقت ايران 1:30 تا  15:30 به وقت لندن سفره هفت سين خانه ما به صورت زنده در شبكه اينترنت ديده شد 



Nadalian: River Art

An interview by John K. GRANDE

Nadalian is an Iranian sculptor whose life's work involves engendering respect for living creatures and the natural environment. To achieve this, besides living with nature himself, he established sculpture grounds in a peaceful environment in natural surroundings. Water is a living element that contributes to his sculptures, and many of the symbols he engraves and sculpts are derived from ancient mythology and the rituals of pre-Islamic civilizations. more


Nadalian in Green Museum

By carving simple fish shapes and other forms onto small stones and river rocks, artist Ahmad Nadalian seeks to repopulate the spirit of neglected streams and rivers in his native Iran and around the world and share these treasures with future generations.  more


Utne Magazine May-June 2006  USA

Ahmad Nadalian

A human who loves stones and water, Ahmad Nadalian moves like a fish transgressing international borders.   More


About Ahmad Nadalian

By Professor  Robert C. Morgan

"I was so impressed with your concept, working at low tide in the early mornings to carve signs that during the day would be concealed.  It calls into question so much about time, history, language, meaning, and sculpture." More


About Ahmad Nadalian

By : Edward Lucie-Smith

In Iran, Ahmad Nadalian (b.1963) is in the process of creating an immense River Art installation along the banks and amidst the waters of the Haraz River, near Mount DamavendMore


Art Tomorrow



Nurouz : Iranian New Year

The New Year in Iran starts in the first day of spring (March 21st), and is a very significant time for Persians.  


By: Massoume Price

Nurouz, new day or New Year as the Iranians call it, is a celebration of spring Equinox. It is the most cherished of all the Iranian festivals and is celebrated by all.

A major part of the New Year rituals is setting a special table with seven specific items present, Haft Sin (Haft chin, seven crops before Islam). In the ancient times each of the items corresponded to one of the seven creations and the seven holy immortals protecting them. Today they are changed and modified but some have kept their symbolism. All the seven items start with the letter ‘S’; this was not the order in ancient times. Zoroastrians today do not have the seven ‘S’ but they have the ritual of growing seven seeds. The ancient Iranians also grew seven seeds as a reminder that this is the seventh feast of the creation, while their sprouting into new growth symbolized the festival’s other aspect as a feast of resurrection and of eternal life to come.

Wheat or lentil representing new growth is grown in a flat dish a few days before the New Year and is called ‘Sabzeh’ (meaning green shoots). Decorated with colorful ribbons it is kept till the last day and will be disposed off on ‘Sizdeh be dar’, the 13th day while outdoors. A few live gold fish (the most easily obtainable animal) are placed in a fish bowl. In the old days they would be returned to the riverbanks, but today most people will keep them till they die. Mirrors are placed on the spread with lit candles as a symbol of fire.  Zoroastrians today place the lit candle in front of the mirror to increase the reflection of the light. Mirrors were significant items in Zoroastrian symbolism art and architecture, and still are an integral part of most Iranian celebrations including marriage ceremony. They are used extensively in Iranian mystical literature as well and represent self-reflection. All Iranian burial shrines are still extensively decorated with mirrors, a popular decorative style of the ancient times. Light is regarded as sacred by the Zoroastrians and the use of mirrors multiplies the reflection of the light.

Egg a universal symbol of fertility corresponding to the mother earth, Sepanta Armaiti is still present. The eggs are hard-boiled and traditionally are colored in red, green or yellow, colors favored by Zoroastrians. Recently following the Easter Egg tradition, any color is used and they are elaborately decorated. The eggs are offered to children as treats. Fresh garlic is used to warn off bad omen. This is a modern introduction. There is no evidence that it was used in this context before.  

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