Howl’s Moving Castle stand aside, this house in Tehran takes the cake

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Architects at the Iranian firm NextOffice have built an incredible new residence, complete with moving parts. The Sharifi-Ha house in Tehran comes with instructions that show the inhabitants how they can rotate whole sections of the three-story building at the push of a button. The original concept was developed in order to create a structure […]

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Watch the ‘Happy’ video that got six young people arrested in Iran

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 29 May 2014

Oh boy. This is probably the last thing Pharrell wanted when he released the song, Happy. Six young people – both men and women – were arrested in Tehran, Iran, for dancing and singing to the song. Iran’s national TV station even aired the confessions made by the group, saying they were ‘deceived into making the video‘. 

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A movement in the making: The unveiling of Iranian women

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 16 May 2014

Even though Facebook is illegal in Iran (though 4 million Iranians use it) and a lot of men and women now even date before marriage, the Iranian government still requires women to dress ‘modestly, which includes always wearing a veil. If they remove their veils in public, they can receive 70 lashes or 60 days […]

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Iranian censorship as art by Phillip Toledano

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 4 October 2013

Phillip Toledano is one of the coolest conceptual artists around. Some of his photographic collections include the fascinating Phonesex, Kim Jong Phil and the moving Days with my Father exhibition that captured the relationship between Toledano and his father over three years. His latest exhibition The Absent Portrait is showing at the Edmund Pearce Gallery […]

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Collecting Melbourne: portraits of locals by Andrey Varela

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By Andrey Varela in New Photography on Tuesday 20 August 2013

I’ve been taking portraits of people on the streets in Melbourne for almost two years now, since making the move from the United Kingdom. Upon arrival, I couldn’t believe how open-minded and friendly people were. I had never experienced such a welcoming environment that was so conducive to creative expression and collaboration. As a natural […]

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Iranian scientist claims to invent a real time machine

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Thursday 18 April 2013

Iranian scientist Ali Razeghi claims he can predict the future using a time machine device that creates a print-out with details of a person’s life. Supposedly, the machine predicts details within 5 to 8 years in advance with 98 percent accuracy. Razeghi states that the time machine uses complex algorithms which took him ten years […]

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Stunning photographs of Iran

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Tuesday 26 March 2013

These gorgeous photographs give unique insight into Iran and its relationship to the rest of the world. The photographs of the landscape are stunning, and this series gives a new perspective on life in the beautiful, albeit troubled, country of Iran.

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Photographs of Iran’s female ninjas by Caren Firouz

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 29 May 2012

To this day, Iranian women still face discrimination, with restrictions in women’s rights right down to what they wear. Taking up ninjitsu, or the art of the ninja, has been one increasingly popular avenue for self-expression.

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Film critic Jai Arjun Singh reviews Iranian film A Separation

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By Aparna Jayakumar in New Film on Thursday 3 May 2012

The Iranian film, A Separation, winner of the Academy Award this year for Best Foreign Language film, completely blew me away. What a perfect film. I looked online for any writing on the film and found this interesting piece by an Indian film critic, Jai Arjun Singh, who offers a unique perspective, different from those […]

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The rise of awesome Iranian metal bands

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Wednesday 1 July 2009

The upside of the recent unrest in Iran is that it has shown a more dynamic and complex image of Iran than the West is used to. Unbeknownst to many Americans, the Iranian population is one of the most educated and progressive in the Middle East, and though they endure countless strictures from their theocratic […]

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