• Aug. 16th, 2014 · Looking at a Lute Player
    1626_Orazio_Gentileschi_-_Lute_Player painting illusion I saw The Lute Player by Orazio Gentileschi at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC a couple of weeks back. I assumed I knew how to appreciate a work of art, at the very least just by looking and taking it in. But if it wasn’t for a great museum staff standing nearby that day, I wouldn’t have taken a second look at this particular painting before moving on. He said it was important to move beyond receptive appreciation and look at art more actively. I’m glad I did. Check out this great illusion: move your head from one side of the screen to the other all while looking at the scroll of the violin resting on the table. The instrument points at you whatever your position! As you might imagine, I spent the next little while doing all sorts of funny walks elsewhere in the museum. Nothing cool to report– no magical illusions, but it was kind of new and magical for me to approach some works in a way I wouldn’t have otherwise. # #
  • Iran Votes: Reflections Four Years Later

    Published June 14, 2013 | No responses yet
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    Four years ago, in mid-June, I headed on a trip to Iran after not having the visited the country for a decade. It was meant to be a personal trip, but in many ways I got more than I bargained for. As I wrote in a journal on route to Tehran: “When I planned this
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    Marzieh Ghiasi

    Sleepwalkers

    Published March 03, 2010 | No responses yet
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    Pillars inside Masjid-e-Vakil constructed in 1773. Shiraz, Iran. We were once sleepwalkers, wandering through days entangled with memories of the past and visions of the future, in a hazy delirium of what was and what might be, unconscious of what is.

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    Hafezieh

    Published February 18, 2010 | No responses yet
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    The real “Dead Poets Society”: For a country with an intricate history of beauty and tragedy that reads like an epic poem, it only makes sense those who have woven the fabric of Iranian identity, those most revered throughout history are its poets. Many people in Iran commit ancient poems to the heart, in home
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    Mellat Park, Tehran

    Published January 05, 2010 | 2 responses so far
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    Click to see full view of a panorama of Mellat Park enterance. I’ve began to go through my pictures and journal entries from the past summer. These pictures were taken this past summer at Pârk-e Mellat (the National Park) in Tehran, Iran. It’s adjacent to Valiasr Street and is the central park of Tehran and
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    Marzieh Ghiasi

    All different, all relative

    Published October 17, 2009 | No responses yet
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    With the hustle and bustle of classes well underway, it’s become hard to find the time (and energy) to breath, let alone sit down and write something without highlighters in the other hand. I returned from Iran almost a month and a half ago, after spending two months in the country. Of that time I
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    On route to Tehran via Amsterdam

    Published June 29, 2009 | 2 responses so far
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    I am currently sitting in the boarding queue in Amsterdam, only a few hours away before landing in Tehran. We arrived in Amsterdam at about 7:30am local time (01.00+ GMT), and our connecting flight to Iran is due to leave at 4:30pm this afternoon. A tiny bird somehow had found its way inside the airport,
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    Marzieh Ghiasi