This session approaches two diﬀerent senses of mystery. Life & Death of an Architect, tells the story of the most important architect of Mallorca (Spain), José Ferragut Pou (1912-1968) who was found dead in a field, in 1968. We are told about the life story of the architect but sadly, we are mostly told a story of discrimination against homosexuality. Mallorca’s strongly embedded religious culture and Franco’s dictatorship (1936-1975), that perceived homosexuality as a
social threat, did weight on Ferragut. This is a documentary about one of the most wretched murder cases of contemporary Spanish history that remains unsolved. The murder is marked by silence, double morality, homophobia and corruption. Perhaps the biggest mystery of it all is why it is so hard for men not to violently
discriminate each other. On a diﬀerent sense of what a mystery can be we exhibit Hashti Tehran, where we experience mystery as contemplation.
The director uses panoramic, large-scale images, in order to explore the landscape of Teharan, capital city of The Islamic Republic of Iran, progressively reducing it, showing us how people inhabit space. Taking the city as a core element, we are shown the capital’s spaces of transition and its outskirts, that constantly seem converge to the city centre. We are invited to inhabit the city as if we embrace it from all directions. The mountain of Tochal, North; the area around the artifcial lake Chitgar, West; the construction of social housing called Pardis Town in the far East and; the neighbourhood Nafar Abad at the southern edge of the city. A question seems to hang in the air for all Teharan’s inhabitants: how will the city develop? The future is uncertain.