Author: Arya Ghavamian
Arya Ghavamian is a photographer/filmmaker based in New York City. He has worked on several photography and video projects, among them are music videos for influential Iranian musicians such as Mohsen Namjoo and the rock band Hypernova. He has recently finished his debut feature film "Happenings of the Eighth Day", a surrealist film about failure in making one. He can be reached at aryaghavami[at]gmail[dot]com

In The Theater and its Double, French playwright Antonin Artaud put forth a radical idea called “The Theater of Cruelty.” Describing mainstream theater as empty and apathetic to current events, Artaud sought to expose his audience to a whole new experience, in which stories and events challenged the false sense of “staged reality.” (More…)