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December 29, 2008

The Multicultural Atlas of London


The London Profiler is an interesting website. One of the new data layers of London Profiler displays the relative concentration of ethnic groups in London. It is based on a technique that classifies populations through the origin of their names as a proxy for their probable ethnicity.

>> See the maps here

Posted by mehrdad at 03:37 PM | London |

December 24, 2008

Heraclius and Khosrau Parviz


Battle between Heraclius' army and Persians under Khosrau II (Khosrau Parviz)
Fresco by Piero della Francesca, c. 1452
>> Click here to view larger image

Archaeologists have just discovered almost 300 gold coins dating from the 7th Century at a dig just outside Jerusalem's Old City. The solid 24-carat coins were under a large rock in a car park. The coins date back to the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius, before the Persians conquered Jerusalem. The archaeologists believe that the coins were probably hidden by someone fleeing the Persians.

According to Khodadad Rezakhani of www.vishistorica.com, Khosrau II attacked Jerusalem before Heraclius became king. At the time, Phokas was the Emperor, and he had just killed Maurice, the former emperor and a close ally of Khosrau.

Posted by mehrdad at 04:50 PM | Art |

December 19, 2008

The Scream


The Scream, the expressionist painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch and my work (mixed media from 1989).

>> Click here to see the larger images

Posted by mehrdad at 02:54 PM | Art | Look-alikes |

December 15, 2008

2 mobiles & 1 mirror


Self-portrait with two mobile phone cameras and one miror

>> Self-portrait with 4 eyes
>> Self-portrait as a cyborg
>> Self-portrait as a pencil
>> Self-portrait as the sun

Posted by mehrdad at 11:04 AM | Self-portraits |

December 09, 2008

Group photo


There is always one doing this in a group photo!

Posted by mehrdad at 03:28 PM | Cartoons |

December 06, 2008

Street Art in London


We went Street Art hunting in East London today.

>> Click here to see the results

>> There is an interesting video of Shoreditch graffiti on gofindit.net

>> Vandalog is a great blog on Street Art

Posted by mehrdad at 10:14 PM | Art | London | Street Art |

December 05, 2008

Ron Mueck


Mask II, mixed media by Ron Mueck
The huge head (Mueck?s self-portrait) is currently on display at the British Museum.

>> Click here to view my photos of Ron Mueck's sculptures

Posted by mehrdad at 06:56 PM | Art | London |