Orbis by Aida Shirazi

Born and raised in Tehran, Aida's stop motion animated video piece will be based on a quatrain of classical poet Omar Khayyam on the paradoxical duality of the human condition.


Music and translation by: Aida Shirazi

Voice & electronics: Aida Shirazi

Text by: Omar Khayyam



We are the true essence of felicity and sorrow,

We are the source of justice and oppression,

We are low and high; we are perfection and failure,

We are a tarnished mirror, and a celestial crystal


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