Zurkhaneh – The House of Strength

Pahlevani and zourkhaneh rituals is the name inscribed by UNESCO for varzesh-e pahlavāni (Persian: آیین پهلوانی و زورخانه‌ای‎, “heroic sport”) or varzesh-e bāstāni (ورزش باستانی; varzeš-e bāstānī, “ancient sport”), a traditional system of athletics originally used to train warriors in Iran (Persia) and adjacent lands. It combines martial arts, calisthenics, strength training and music. Recognized by UNESCO as the world’s longest-running form of such training, it fuses elements of pre-Islamic Persian culture (particularly Zoroastrianism, Mithraism and Gnosticism) with the spirituality of Shia Islamand sufism. Practiced in a domed structure

Tehran sound map

During our stay we’ll add selected recordings to this aporee-project map. Please check for updates! (thanks to Udo Noll for all his work on this great platform!) https://aporee.org/maps/projects/sonicexplorers_tehran

Pigeons of Tehran

For centuries Iran relied on pigeons to supply guano as fertilizer for the fields. The guano was collected in almost 3000 squat, circular pigeon towers (dovecotes), each able to house about 14,000 birds. (read about it here >>>) Pigeon flying has been a popular sport in Iran for many centuries and is practiced throughout the country. The whistling of the pigeon trainers is heard often over the rooftops of the

Grand Bazaar

The historical Grand Bazaar in Tehran split into hundreds of corridors over 10 kilometres in length. Usually very busy and noisy – on a Friday it’s almost completely empty and silent.

Call for entries

Kooshk Residency and bonn hoeren – urban soundart / Beethoven Foundation Bonn with the collaboration of the cultural section of the German Embassy in Tehran present an exchange program between Iran and Germany for two Iranian and two German, active in the fields of sound art. This exchange program exists out of two parts and will be held from October 1st to October 31st, 2019 in Tehran and from May