Paadmaan Projects in Collaboration with Komod Space:
LASER Talks Tehran #7 + Video Installation

Maryam Razi and Foad Alijani

– Aynaz Raoufian [Visual Artist]
Topic: Mind Cancer; Phenomenology of Cancer in Daily Life
– Farid Khani Tarakameh [MD]
Topic: Art and Medicine – Comments on Aynaz Raoufian’s Works
– Sarshar Dorosti [Media Artist]
Topic: Using the Brain Waves as a Gauge for Perception of Fractal Animation

Time and Date:
February 22, 2022, from 18:00 to 20:00 Tehran Time
Location: Komod Space, on the Corner of Yaghma and Darband St., Tajrish, Tehran.
Paadmaan Projects
Komod Space
Sam Café (Refreshment Sponsor)

Raoufian’s video installation is on display at Komod Space from February 22 – 29, 2022.

Aynaz Raoufian [Visual Artist]
Topic: Mind Cancer; Phenomenology of Cancer in Daily Life
The “Mind Cancer” collection includes assembled or modeled everyday objects and spaces which are somehow involved and associated with cancer. These objects are created from an observer’s point of view who metaphorically has brain cancer. The observer sees everything around them or their memories from the perspective of this disease. The purpose of this collection is to show the minds and thoughts of the people who have “Carcinophobia” (the fear of getting cancer), who are experiencing the suffering of having cancer, or the deep grief of losing others because of this disease. People who see cancer cling to minor details of their lives and cannot get rid of this cogitation.
This collection has three subsets, “Wear Cancer,” “Eat Cancer!” and “Everyday Life with Cancer”. The “Wear Cancer” series is an invitation to understand the problematic situation of cancer. Sculptures made of fibers and fabrics, wire, latex, papier mache, etc., which sit on the body. They change the appearance, place a heavy burden on the body, and alter human beings’ natural movements and functions. These sculptures evoke the challenging times that a person with cancer is going through, thus creating a shared understanding. This artwork consists of cancer tumors formed in the shape of a human face, stuck on a plexiglass box with a space for the neck and a mirror in front of it, both hung from the ceiling. People could place their heads in this box and see themselves in the mirror with these cancer tumors on their faces.
“Eat Cancer!” is the name of an experimental project in which I placed several edible sculptures in the form of cancerous tissues for the audience to eat. This project aims to reduce the magnitude and dangerous aspect of cancer disease to such an extent that it can even be bypassed and swallowed. By putting this extreme issue in such a satirical paradox, I tried to reduce fear and weaken the psychological aspects of the disease for people suffering from this disease and anyone else.
The “Everyday Life with Cancer” is a cancer-themed fashion collection. I have applied forms of cancer tissues in the design of the clothes almost imperceptibly. These clothes have a sculptural approach and, although anyone can entirely wear them, they have gone beyond the definition of ordinary clothes. Wearing these clothes overshadows the movement and process of daily life so that the body is forced to be in inappropriate and unbearable physical positions. My overall goal in this series is to metaphorically describe the hardships of cancer and how it disrupts a person’s life.

Farid Khani Tarakameh [MD]
Topic: Art and Medicine – Comments on Aynaz Raoufian’s Works
The birth of art and medicine took place a short distance apart, and the same point to which both owe their birth was the concept of pain. Pain abstraction is clearly seen in works of art; works that have existed since 16,000 years ago. Cancer is one of the most complex and oldest causes of pain in recent years due to its physio-pathological findings. Although historically it is even found in dinosaurs. Symptoms of palaeopathology help us in this regard.
In addition to the concept of pain, other signs of medicine have come to the attention of artists. Ancient Egyptian murals show an abundance of works of art from medical discoveries and medical instructions. 3400 BC Circumcision is seen on a mural in ancient Egypt. This custom existed long before the advent of Judaism and Islam. Looking at the murals and inscriptions that were in the artistic language of prehistoric humans, the concepts of obesity can be seen in the bazaar sequence in the sculptures of Venus. This concept has changed dramatically in recent centuries, with a change in aesthetic attitude and has completely lost its nature.
And recent works of art present this concept in a different way. Other concepts of interest to artists have been the concept of madness and melancholy, which can be seen in the works of the prominent Dutch painter “Hieronymus Bosch”. The effect of his insane ship is to express human fear of what was later called schizophrenia. Plague and leprosy are other concepts considered by artists that date back to antiquity.
In the works of the dear artist, Aynaz Raoufian, we come across the following keywords about cancer. We are faced with concepts such as conquest, extinction, influence, expansion, encroachment, mass and volume. For example, in one of her works, a rude mass has grabbed her beautiful face. This conquest well indicates the nature of cancers of the facial bones, parathyroid glands, larynx and throat.

Sarshar Dorosti [Media Artist]
Topic: Using the Brain Waves as a Gauge for Perception of Fractal Animation
In this research I would describe how complexity of visual stimuli influences complexity of information processing in the brain. We recorded EEG signals of fifteen healthy participants while they were exposed to several 2D fractal animations. Fractal dimension of each frame of the animation was estimated by the box-counting method. Subsequently, fractal dimensions of 32 EEG channels were estimated in a frequency specific manner. Then, association between the pattern of fractal dimensions of the animations and the pattern of fractal dimensions of EEG signals were calculated using Pearson’s correlation algorithm. The results indicated that fractal animation complexity is mainly sensed by changes in fractal dimension of EEG signals at the Centro-parietal and parietal regions. It may indicate that when the complexity of visual stimuli increases the mechanism of information processing in the brain also enhances its complexity to better attend and comprehend the stimuli.

Video Installation / Aynaz Raoufian