“in shâhnâmeh--the national persian/iranian epic book of kings (a long epic poem written by the persian poet ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 ce), barmâyeh is a mythical cow, that saves the king of kings, fereydun, by feeding him--as a child, with her milk, and keeping him safe from the hands of the evil enemy, zahhak. later, zahhak as revenge kills barmâyeh.
named after shâhnâmeh's mythical cow, and living a hybrid ancient-contemporary life, barmâyeh is a pet, adopted from a mythological origin. her immature multi-directional embryonic ""body"" like topology from one hand and multi-orientational/multi-scalar reading suggestions, on the other hand, along with her historical/mythical connections, create an ontological offset between different ""realities"" of barmâyeh as a pet-object. through these misfits/offsets, barmâyeh can be explored as a canvas for dynamic projection of characteristics and readings/misreadings. she is underdeveloped--to open possibilities for misreading, yet defined enough to retain its being as a pet.” ー barmâyeh