Faal/ Prologue_version_01 :: (.avi)(.avi)(.avi) (2019)

by Milad Forouzandeh & Mohsen Hazrati | As a kind of foresight and collective review, this project intends to attend to gene promotion in various biological species. Having been investigating the Axolotl genome that has the capability of restoring the…

by Milad Forouzandeh & Mohsen Hazrati

| As a kind of foresight and collective review, this project intends to attend to gene promotion in various biological species. Having been investigating the Axolotl genome that has the capability of restoring the damaged parts of the body, scientists have carried out successful experiments to regenerate organ tissues of human, animal, and plant species making use of Cell engineering. Looking backward, classical artists used to register a kind of perspective filled with plants, human and animal species. Examining the plants in their works and relying on our familiarity with the surrounding world, we could accept these species as tangible objects. Yet, there has been a contentious issue of how we could show and record the distinction between performing such species with distinguished new traits in contrast with those of the past. In a different era of Persian literature, we have witnessed the vast use of cedar trees, directly or indirectly. The image of the tree has also been used in miniature and the stories of a different era in Iran. We could imagine having another version of this tree with the same old appearance but with an upgraded gene and new capabilities. How would it be possible to investigate and record its image? This is an example of the visual evidence of ancient Iranian culture. By discussing and investigating such topics in other cultures by posing the question whether, in a future filled with the creation of the new mutated phenomenon, we will encounter a huge alteration of definitions in areas such as literature and visual culture, I would intend to investigate and predict different subjects which are key elements in both literary and visual cultures of the other countries. This would be a kind of preparation and endeavour to create a platform for describing and portraying new species with mutated genes. In this project, I try to create an ecosystem in a virtual world and a real-world, including trans- humans, plants, and animals with upgraded genomes and new abilities which is a platform to review and research these imaginary creatures with the genetic mutation. This project intends to answer whether they could affect the meaning of our literature, Poetry, and Stories in the future.
Bibliomancy is the use of books in fortune-telling. The method of employing sacred books (particularly specific words and verses) for ‘magical medicine’, for removing negative entities, or for divination is widespread in many religions of the world. In Iran, Bibliomancy using the dīvān of Hafiz is the most popular for this kind of divination, but not the only kind. The Quran, and the Mathnawī of Rumi, may also be used. Fāl-e Ḥafez may be used for one or more persons. In group bibliomancy, the dīvān will be opened at random, and beginning with the ode of the page that one chance upon, each ode will be read in the name of one individual in the group. The ode is the individual’s fāl. Assigning of the odes to individuals depends on the order in which the individuals are seated and is never random. One to three verses from the ode following each person’s fāl is called the šāhed, which is read after the recitation of the fāl. According to another tradition, the šāhed is the first or the seventh verse from the ode following the fāl. An ode which had already been used for one individual in the group is disqualified from serving as the fāl for a second time. This project is about generating a virtual space of predictions using unlimited online data based on the Persian Mysticism and tradition into a VR artwork. As there are so many people who get matched results based on their intentions and there are many stories about the magic of Hafiz fāls in our history, maybe this online data can create a story and suggest a solution for whoever is taking a virtual Hafiz fāl.