Wednesday, 26 February 2020

When I first started reading science fiction some 30 years ago (which was the very first thing I read when I finished my first year of elementary school), one could scarcely find anything except some summarized translations of Jules Verne’s books, which were often poor translations full of mistakes. But those poorly translated stories of wonderful voyages to the unknown corners of the Earth and to the moon itself were enough for me and a few of my generation to ignite the fire in our minds. We became enchanted with those stories in which science, adventure, romance, and mystery were intertwined. As I grew older I discovered my friends and classmates were interested in other kinds of stories. In those stories, there were no spaceships traveling to the moon, nor any submersible mysteriously traveling beneath the oceans. Those stories were mostly concerned about love affairs between people. Later I learned their names: Drama. I also found out the elites of literature consider only those stories a “real” form of literature and not Science Fiction. That was unfortunate.



 Sound Tehran Music Festival pt 2:

A few thoughts on "Bricolage" from Nader Masayekhi (English)

Mr. Nader Mashayekhi’s Speech in “Tehran Sound Music” dedicated to the mental/speculative mechanism of Bricolage. In his point of view, the process of Bricolage needs additional cognition. An Iranian learns this additional part in dealing with the world around him from his childhood. Iranian children live with “accident” while this is not usual for European children. In his opinion, translation of “performance” to “Honar e Ejra” in Farsi, is fundamentally incorrect. They are not equivalent. In performance, we separate something which belongs to an original text and put it in another context to recognize it and observe something new.

The audience interaction is one of the essential factors that shape Performance Art. Performances and even Interactions have been common in Iranian Rituals and Theatrical traditions for a long time but gradually transformed into what is now happening in bricolage.

In Europe, looking forward, they obey the law of cause and effect. In western thought, essentially each effect has a cause. But Iranian thought about the future is contrary to the European notion; we call it bricolage. In fact, we don’t have a pre-designated pattern but pattern and performance are happening simultaneously.

Bricolage in music is an assemblage of elements that don’t appear to fit together. But this music follows an order that is not necessarily causal. In other words, the origin and destination are transforming every moment.

Nader referred to Lyotard, a postmodern French philosopher, who said: “Universals are more important than specifying and explaining the details”.  This theory looks from the whole to the components. Fantasy and imagination are part of moving form from whole to components.

In fact, bricolage is a tool and a system that moves from whole to components and forms a mental mechanism. In my opinion, the most important mechanisms of the mind, the Iranian Mind/ thought is Bricolage.