هیچ انسانی نمی تواند انکار کند که عشق در روزگار ما در وضعیت بحرانی قرار دارد، یا اینکه عشق به اندازه کافی قدرت ندارد که ما را از بخش تیره وجودمان یا هر آن چیزی که عشق را از خاطر ما محو کرده است، نجات دهد. روزگاری که در آن، انسان ها کمر به قتل یکدیگر بسته اند و به هم نوع خود پناه نمی دهند. روزگاری که انباشتی از تیرگی روی قلب ها را پوشانده و جاه طلبی و ثروت اندوزی، ما را به موجوداتی بی تفاوت تبدیل کرده است.بشر در ژرفنای روح خویش برای دوست داشتن و عشق ورزیدن آفریده شده است. همگی ما انسانها، خویشتن راستین و متعالی مان را برای اظهار هویت و عشق بروز می دهیم. شخصی که به او عشق می ورزید، سهمتان از عشق جهانی را به شما باز می گرداند و این روند همچون جریان خون در بدن که به انسان ها زندگی می بخشد، منجر به تداوم حیات هستی می گردد. "دوره قلبی" به مجموعه رخدادهایی گفته می شود که بین ابتدای یک انقباض قلب تا ابتدای انقباض بعدی صورت می گیرد. در این مجموعه، سعی کرده ام فقدان عشق در زندگی معاصر را به نمایش در بیاورم. قلب نمادی از مبدا و مقصد عشق ورزیدن است چرا که با هر تپش، خون را به تمام بخشهای بدن پمپاژ کرده و زندگی را به ارمغان می آورد. خون در بدن یک مسیر چرخشی را طی نموده و مجددا به قلب باز می گردد و چنانچه خللی در هر بخش از این توالی رخ دهد، این خون (عشق) از مسیر خود خارج شده و این بار قلب آن را به بیرون خواهد راند.
No one can deny that Love has reached its critical stage in our present life. This can be either due to the impotency of Love which seems powerless to save man from the darker side of his mind or anything which is destroying or wiping off the name of Love. These days man is recklessly killing and being heartless toward the other, there is an abundance of darkness covering his hearts and egoism and greed have turned him into a blind and senseless human being. Man was created to give Love and be loved and receives his share of Love from the one he has generously given this Love to. And this trend which is similar to the flow of blood in his body gives and prolongs the life of the universe. “Cardiac Cycle” is a title given to a series of events which occurs between the very first moments of the Heart’s contraction to its next. in theses series I have tried to demonstrate the lack of Love in our contemporary world. Heart is the symbol of the origin and the destination of Love. With every beat and pumping the blood to all parts of the body, the Heart sustains life. Blood leads a circular path in man’s body and returns to the Heart and if it is led astray to any part of this sequence, this Blood (Love), comes out of its path and this time it is the Heart which will drive it out.
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.