Barmâyeh by Ebrahim Poustinchi
“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
・14”x 14” x 14”
About the Artist: Ebrahim Poustinchi, architect, artist, and inventor, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Kent State University. He has previously taught at the University of Kentucky, Washington State University, and UCLA. Poustinchi’s research is focused on the intersection of media and robotics, with an emphasis on post-digital discourse through UI/UX and physical computation. His research and creative work has been disseminated worldwide in various Journals, conferences, galleries, and exhibitions including International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), Journal of Engineering technology (JET), CAADRIA, eCAADe, The Museum of Moscow and The Meyerhold Theatre Center in Moscow Russia, Arab American National Museum in Michigan, Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava Slovakia, Fully Booked Art Book Fair in Dubai UAE, and Levantine Cultural Center, Perloff Gallery, and Architecture and Design (A+D) museum in Los Angles to name a few. He was recently an invited scientific committee member for ACADIA 2018 conference.
Ebrahim has been the author/editor and art-director for multiple books and is the inventor of two patents/inventions focusing on intersection of creative and industrial robotics.
Ebrahim has completed his M.Arch II--post-professional degree in Architecture, under Greg Lynn at UCLA, and holds a bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Tehran.