“Even If There’s A High Risk & I Die Poor In A Ditch, I Have To Do It” Dena Zarrin On Identity & Straddling Two Worlds

At the core of Dena Zarrin’s personality, and the music she writes as Madanii, is a sense of identity. Zarrin’s life as the daughter of Iranian immigrants in Germany informs a lot of her musical output, existing in that space between western and eastern cultural and aesthetic values, straddling the two worlds. Music had always been a part of her, but she’d gotten involved with the industry, the business side of things. “I somehow lost my way in all that. I just felt physically and mentally ill—I realised I have to do music. Even if there’s a high risk and I die poor in a ditch, I have to do it. I started the project [Madanii] around three years ago, when Trump was president of the US, a lot was going on,” she says over a Skype call. “I just felt there weren’t many second generation migrant children in music here; there weren’t many people speaking up. I felt the need to be a voice somehow and bring my cultural heritage to the forefront.”

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NEWS - 25. April 2019   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - Madanii Project - Border Movement Residency

Constructing Philosophy With Ancient Culture, Spirituality & Science: Antariksha Sanchar

Image taken from Antariksha Sanchar: Transmissions in Space designed by Quicksand Design Studio

“Art is a way to understand myself and the world around us. I feel I am only at the beginning of a beautiful journey. I have always considered myself as a student of art: a process that is continuous and hopefully lifelong,” says Avinash Kumar (Thiruda), a game designer, researcher, artist and one of the co-founders of Quicksand (an interdisciplinary consultancy).

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NEWS - 12. April 2019  


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