Morehshin Allahyari
Since 2009
Works in Englewood, Colorado United States of America

BIO
Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, art activist, educator, and cultural curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her practice is grounded in questions of political and cultural contradictions that we face every day. As a citizen of Iran and resident of the United States, she looks for a mutually constitutive relationship of politics, people, and places through the use of digital technologies, narrative, and social practice. Morehshin has been part of numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world. She has presented her work and creative research in various conferences and universities including TED conference, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, CAA conference, Open Engagement, Prospectives ’12 International Festival of Digital Art, and Currents New Media Festival, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured in Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Animal New York, Creators Project, Dazed Digital, Huffington Post, NPR, Parkett Art Magazine, Art Actuel magazine, Neural Magazine, Global Voices Online, and BBC Persia, among others.
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OPPORTUNITY

CALL FOR SUBMISSION FOR The 3D Additivist Cookbook


Deadline:
Fri Jul 31, 2015 23:55

We invite submissions to an open-source ‘Cookbook’ of radical ideas that cut across the arts, engineering, and sciences. Inspired, in part, by William Powell’s The Anarchist Cookbook (1969) The 3D Additivist Cookbook will contain speculative texts, templates, recipes and (im)practical designs for living in this most contradictory of times.
We believe technology can open up new perspectives, providing us with the means to challenge the structures, ideas, and institutions that maintain the status quo. But technological change is - almost by definition - tied to the functions of capitalism: a system that profits the few, often at the expense of civil liberties or the natural environment. The 3D Additivist Manifesto calls creators and thinkers to action around a technology filled with hope and promise: the 3D printer. By considering this technology as a potential force for good, bad, and otherwise, we aim to disrupt binary thinking entirely, drawing together makers and thinkers invested in the idea of real, radical, change.

Founded on those principles, The 3D Additivist Cookbook will be published freely online in 2016 under a Creative Commons License. Your submissions will also lay the groundwork for a series of symposia, exhibitions, and events to be held in 2016, exploring the potential of Additivist technologies to provoke affirmative action and systemic reorganisation in light of grand narratives such as Accelerationism, Posthumanism, and The Anthropocene.

What is Additivism?

The 3D printer is a profound metaphor for our times. A technology for channelling creative endeavour, through digital processes, into the layering of raw matter excavated from ancient geological eras. Considered as a tool for art, design and engineering, and gesturing towards a forthcoming era of synthetic chemistry and biological augmentation, 3D fabrication technologies are already a site of common exchange between disciplines and forms of materiality.

3D fabrication can be thought of as the critical framework of #Additivism: a movement that aims to disrupt material, social, computational, and metaphysical realities through provocation, collaboration, and ‘weird’ / science fictional thinking. Additivism embraces the 3D Printer in the same way that Donna Haraway embraced the figure of the Cyborg in her influential text A Cyborg Manifesto (1983). By considering the 3D printer as a technology for remodelling thought into profound, and often nightmarish, new shapes - Additivism aims to expose inbetweens, empower the powerless, and question the presupposed.

How do I take part?

A successful 3D Additivist Cookbook submission will disrupt common boundaries, exhibiting a conceptual malleability reminiscent of plastic. Our aim is for The 3D Additivist Cookbook to be filled with .obj and .stl templates, critical and artistic texts, algorithms and code, as well as propositions that are antagonistic to the timescales, infrastructures, and social givens layered into every 3D print.

Your submission could probe:

[*]The separation between digital forms and physical representations
[*]The blending of engineering, the sciences, and the arts
[*]The environmental impact of 3D fabrication, 3D printers, prints, and materials as a metaphor
[*]Future archaeologies and speculative designs
[*]A progressive aesthetics of destruction, decay, waste, extinction, or deviation
[*]The intimate relationship between crude oil, plastic, war, and globalisation
[*]The contradiction of accelerating techno-capitalism towards something more sustainable
[*]Gender, race, and body biases inherent in ‘post’ and ‘trans’ human thinking
[*]The possibility of grassroots activism with a global reach
[*]An ontology of meshes, layers and ‘deep-time’
[*]The aesthetics of 3D scanning, rendering, and fabrication
[*]The glitch/hack/virus/kluge as political methodology
[*]The potential of ‘open source’ to disrupt hierarchies and infrastructures of power
[*]The Anthropocene, The Speculative, The Posthuman, The Weird

Please explore our website for more Additivist ideas, browse interviews and press on the project, and watch/read and share our Manifesto, and this submission text with any interested parties.

Submission Guidelines:

[*]Your submission can take any form you believe answers the Additivist call.

[*]We ask that you submit no more than THREE things to The Cookbook.

The deadline for submissions is Friday July 31st 2015

Please submit to submit@additivism.org including this information:

1. Your name, the name of your collaboration, or a declaration to remain anonymous.
2. Your website or other URL that we can use for linkbacks.
3. Your twitter and/or facebook information, so we can keep in touch.
4. Your submission should be attached to your email. If your submission is over 10MB then please send us a link to your submission safely stored on a cloud server.
5. If you are sending 3D print templates please use .OBJ or .STL format.
For text please use .PDF or .DOC format.
For sketches or images please use .JPEG format.
For executable files, algorithms, working code, or other formats please send inside a .ZIP file or link to a Github page.
6. Please include an image or screengrab of your submission (if applicable).
7. Please include a short text of no more than 400 words outlining your submission. This text should explain:

a. What your submission is:
This may include a title for your speculative machine, essay, or disruptive 3D print technology. We would like you to paint us a picture of your submission, give it some context and background. If you are proposing a speculative intervention, please use this 400 words to describe clearly how your final submission will be realised.

b. How your submission functions:
How does your submission work? What does it do? What materials will be necessary for its construction? If your submission is entirely speculative then you will have to extrapolate accordingly.

c. Why you believe your submission contributes to #Additivism:
This is perhaps the most crucial question. Please channel your enthusiasm for Additivism, and help us expand our knowledge. What are your influences? Why does Additivism appeal to you? Why now?

Send your submissions to: submit@additivism.org

We will carefully consider every submission we receive, but submission to The 3D Additivist Cookbook does not guarantee inclusion. We will endeavour to get back to everyone who submits to The Cookbook, and ask for your patience. We value your creative labour and input, and will do everything in our power to respect and support your work.

The 3D Additivist Cookbook will be published online, and possibly in print, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence. This means that it can be freely distributed, altered, and copied, as long as due credit is given, and its contents are not used for commercial purposes. Please be aware that we consider this openness as a crucial feature of The Cookbook. We intend to adapt and mutate The 3D Additivist Cookbook into as many forms as possible, including print, exhibition, performance, conference, and otherwise. We would LOVE to invite you to any exhibitions, lectures, presentations and/or seminars we hold, and intend to keep in touch with the community via twitter, facebook, email, and our tumblr. We also encourage you to follow/use the #Additivism hashtag on all social media platforms.

The 3D Additivist Manifesto was created by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, with sound design from Andrea Young.


EVENT

YOUR NIGHT, MY DAY


Dates:
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:00 - Wed Apr 03, 2013

The Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI) presents, in conjunction with the UNT-International Peace Conference:

YOUR NIGHT, MY DAY
an intercultural collaborative art exhibition between artists in Iran and the U.S.

Your Night/My Day is an online and digital intercultural collaborative art project between artists in Iran and the U.S. which began in the Fall of 2010. Curated by Morehshin Allahyari and Eden Ünlüata, this project explores the process of cultural exchange- or lack thereof - between Iran and the United States. The project employs digital media and online collaboration and serves as a bridge to create an intercultural dialogue and exhibition.

In Your Night/My Day, the process of art making is based on a series of invitations from the curators, called Inspiration Notes featuring topics that are commonly referenced in discussions about culture. Through the Inspiration Notes, teams in each country write instructions in their native language for the opposite team to perform and document. However, before the opposite team receives the instructions, they are sent electronically through an artist/editor from Turkey who put them through Google Translate (Farsi>Turkish>English / English>Turkish>Farsi) and edits them as she sees ft. The translated works then follow the same path back with the Turkish artist editing the artwork at will. Using this multi-part series, we are not only deciphering and depicting the nature of the dysfunctional dialogue between Iranian and American cultures, but through art, we are seeking to fnd paths that may lead to a better understanding of each other as human beings. Your Night/My Day presents the fruit of these two-years; a collection of intercultural pieces designed to celebrate cultural differences and fnd harmony through art. Participating artists are: Andrew Blanton, Negin Ehtesabian, Zeren Göktan, Patrick Lichty, Vana Nabipour, and Allie Pohl.

Your Night/ My Day has been brought to UNT by The Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI). The exhibition upholds the core values of the institute as it creates a digital and visual forum for peaceful exchange and dialogue. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxDU-Morehshin-Allahyari-Coll

The Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI) is an interdisciplinary institute composed of faculty drawn from the visual arts, social sciences, and humanities at the University of North Texas. CAMCSI serves UNT as the coordinating body and the primary source of support for the various courses and academic programs that cover the Arab and Muslim worlds, which include the Arab states, Iran, Turkey, central and south Asia and other parts of the world with Muslim communities. For more information about CAMCSI please visit the CAMCSI website - http://cams.unt.edu/about.html or contact Tiffany Floyd (Tiffany.Floyd@unt.edu).

For the first time at the University of North Texas, Your Night, My Day will be displaying the result of this collaboration to the public, beginning March 22 until April 3 at UNT on the Square. A panel discussion with four of the artists will be held on March 22 , 10:45am- 12pm at the UNT-International Peace Conference: The Middle East, A New Era chaired by Dr. Nada Shabout, Associate Professor of Art History and Director of The Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI) http://international.unt.edu/unt- peace-conference.
For more information please contact: morehshin@gmail.com, uneden@gmail.com



JOB

Interdisciplinary Faculty Position Linking Arts and Science


Deadline:
Mon Dec 31, 2012 00:00

Location:
Texas
United States of America

Position: The University of North Texas (UNT) seeks an accomplished interdisciplinary artist or an artist-scientist with an exceptional ability to bridge art and science disciplines. The candidate should bring exceptional technical skill, theoretical knowledge and demonstrated experience in collaborative research to the newly formed Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA). Research areas may include but are not limited to: arts and environment, bio-media, informatics, data visualization-sonification, arts & physics, and related possibilities incorporating aspects of medicine, genetics, ecology, architecture, biology, mathematics and/or computer science. The successful applicant will serve as a collaborative participant in iARTA to foster visionary interdisciplinary research between the arts, engineering and sciences. This is an Open-Rank position; rank and compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a terminal degree in one or more of the arts and/or closely related technological field, and an active distinguished record of creative research appropriate to rank. Preference will be given to individuals with profiles that demonstrate a close dialogue between arts and science disciplines. The ideal applicant will have command of multiple fields and an ability
to pursue transformative creative research that moves beyond science as metaphor to a practice that can directly engage in a scientific discourse.

The University: With about 36,000 students, UNT is located in Denton just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area with excellent research and professional opportunities for students and faculty in engineering and the arts. The University of North Texas is an EOE/ADA/AA institution committed to diversity in its employment and educational programs, thereby creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

The Colleges and Departments: As iARTA spans several departments and colleges, the home departments of iARTA positions are negotiable. This position may include joint appointments with member departments and colleges. For more information see College websites at: http://www.art.unt.edu/, http://www.cas.unt.edu/, http://music.unt.edu/, http://www.eng.unt.edu.

Application Procedure: All applicants must apply online and submit application materials via UNT’s web site: http://facultyjobs.unt.edu. Application materials must include three documents: 1) Curriculum Vita, 2) Letter of Application that also contains a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement outlining research interests with links to online work samples, and 3) Names and contact information for five references.

Application Deadline: Review of applications begins 12-1-2011 / Open Until Search Closed


JOB

Faculty Position in Physical Computing and the Arts


Deadline:
Mon Dec 31, 2012 00:00

Location:
Texas
United States of America

Position: The University of North Texas (UNT) seeks an artist with exceptional technological expertise and experience in collaborative research to join the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA). Research areas may include but are not limited to: robotics/physical computing, wearables, interactive programming and/or performance systems, HCI design and hardware/software development for the control of digital arts media. The successful applicant is expected to serve in an active collaborative role in iARTA to foster and contribute to visionary interdisciplinary research between the arts, engineering and the sciences. This is an Open- Rank position; rank and compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a terminal degree in the arts and/or closely related technological field, and an active and distinguished record of creative research appropriate to rank. The ideal applicant will have advanced practical skill in designing, building and programming responsive physical systems, robots and control interfaces incorporating microcontrollers, diverse sensors and actuators. Preference will be given to candidates who have previously set up a creative research laboratory where faculty and students from across a university have pursued the development of new media interfaces, tools, and systems.

The University: With about 36,000 students, UNT is located in Denton just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area with excellent research and professional opportunities for students and faculty in engineering and the arts. The University of North Texas is an EOE/ADA/AA institution committed to diversity in it employment and educational programs, thereby creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

The Colleges and Departments: As iARTA spans several departments and colleges, the home departments of iARTA positions are negotiable. This position may include joint appointments with member departments and colleges. For more information see College websites at: http://www.art.unt.edu/, http://www.cas.unt.edu/, http://music.unt.edu/, http://www.eng.unt.edu.

Application Procedure: All applicants must apply online and submit application materials via UNT’s web site: http://facultyjobs.unt.edu. Application materials must include three documents: 1) Curriculum Vita, 2) Letter of Application that also contains a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement outlining research interests with links to online work samples, and 3) Names and contact information for five references.

Application Deadline: Review of applications begins 12-1-2011 / Open Until Search Closed


EVENT

NoiseFold in performance with Frances-Marie Uitti


Dates:
Mon Sep 26, 2011 20:00 - Tue Sep 27, 2011

Location:
Denton, Texas
United States of America

Two Evenings: Sept. 26 + 27 at 8:00 PM in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
Sponsored by the UNT College of Music, CEMI and iARTA
NoiseFold presents selected movements from “Untitled Suite” (2011) and NoiseFold 2.0(2010).
The performance brings together the hybrid cinema and sound art of NoiseFold with renowncellist, composer and musical innovator Frances-Marie Uitti. Working at the confluence ofalgorithmic processes and instrumental improvisation, NoiseFold crafts live cinema as acontemporary musical form. The project is facilitated by a complex audio-visual software systemdesigned by the artists that generates or breeds a seemingly infinite array of virtual agents.The resulting sound is not a separate aural accompaniment but rather the direct sonificationof the visual mathematic data itself. Thus the performers interact with semi-autonomous visualforms to grow, and sculpt the sonic content of the performance. Recently Metcalf and Stouthave expanded their work to include adventurous interactions with accomplished acousticinstrumentalists. Frances-Marie Uitti, a riveting performer known for her groundbreakingdevelopment of multi-bowed playing technique, interacts within this audio-visual environment tocoax a rich universe of poetic behavior into being.
[ www.noisefold.com ][ www.uitti.org/index.html ][ http://iarta.unt.edu ]