Shiraz is the fifth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province (Old Persian as Pârsâ). In the 13th century, Shiraz became a leading center of the arts and letters, due to the encouragement of its ruler and the presence of many Persian scholars and artists. It was the capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty from 1750 until 1781, as well as briefly during the Saffarid dynasty. Two famous poets of Iran, Hafez and Saadi, are from Shiraz, whose tombs are on the north side of the current city boundaries.Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature, wine and flowers.It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city, for example Eram Garden.
Daar-al-Hokoomeh is non-profit Project funded in 2014 by Mohsen hazrati and Milad Forouzandeh' in shiraz. With a vision to create a space dedicated to emerging artistic practices, workshops, talks, presentations and exhibitions, Dar-al-Hokoomeh Project seeks to expose the creative community and general public to the potentials of Contemporary Arts Specially new technologies and New Media theory and practice. DAHProject.com
Propagating the idea of digital tools as artistic mediums in the zeitgeist of Shiraz, requires reflecting all facets and capabilities of this phenomena to the public, and specially artists; particularly talented, active artists who are not necessarily focused on media arts but have arts related academic backgrounds. An abundance of young and creative talents, the culturally rich zeitgeist, limited media arts educational platforms, and DAH Project’s hope in the future of these highly potent, fluid indivudals, were the reasons behind aiming for this project. The current exhibition was realized through reliance on the individuality of artists, respecting their personal medium and mental space, and also opening the door to the endless capabilities of the new media in ideation and representation. Utilizing the potentials of AR (Augmented Reality) technology, the artist embarks on a novel exploration to expand his mental space and through comprehending and exploiting this tool, connects his audience to another dimension of his artwork. Through conducting weekly sessions, counseling and aiding the artists, and introducing them to the technical and theoretical potentials of this project, DAH Project has developed these artworks and ultimately, has acquainted the artists with knowledge to do so. A capability very contemporaneous and expansive, which - due to being digital - can travel easily to any other place and rids the artist and his audience from the ardors of radius.