Tanaz Modabber is an Iranian artist and architect living in Berlin. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Landscape Architecture and an MA in Architecture. Her practice is involved with site-specific installations, intimate studio works, and architecture projects that have been influenced by her training in both Western and Persian classical music. [from introduction]
The definition of 'prosody' is the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry, and the patterns of stress and intonation in a language. Presumably this also includes music as well!
This publication also includes a 5 page double-sided accordion with a text by Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch titled "Meter As Meter As," that explores in greater depth Modabber's artistic practice.
The front side of this accordion is really a historical overview of Persian music, instruments, composition and features images and writings exploring this theme. The reverse side of this features a scroll-like drawing that "considers the principles of Persian classical music, such as cyclicality, continuity, rhythmic structure, and improvisation. This homonymous publication has been compiled through multiple stages of translation, from a geometric foldable structure, over mapping and transcription, to a sound composition." [artists' statement]
This brief introduction to this quite complex accordion really does not do justice to what Modabber is attempting to do here, and it can only serve to give a glimpse of the rich history that Modabber is documenting here.
44 double-sided pages, individual pages 9" x 7" and when fully opened 25' 8".
accordion with cover
statement about the publication