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Video in Theater | Pegah Tabassinejad and Hessam Nourani

New Media Society in collaboration with Rooberoo Mansion presents:
“Video in Theater”
Monday April 10, 2017
Panel participating Pegah Tabassinejad, Hesam Nourani: 6 pm
RooBeRoo Mansion: No. 7, Kianpour Deadend, Enghelab St. (east to west), Tehran, Iran

“Video in Theater” with Pegah Tabassinejad, Hessam Nourani

Pegah Tabassinejad is an Interdisciplinary artist with interests in directing experimental performances, net performances, and interactive installations. She holds MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Simon Fraser University and BA in Stage Directing from the Art University of Tehran. She also studied contemporary dance and choreography in Paris at Conservatoire de la Danse.
Her research is mostly around the notion of ‘presence’ as she is trying to negotiate between mediums of creation. Pegah believes that the boundaries between disparate forms of art are thin; they constantly interact, influence and impact each other.
She recently had a virtual installation named ‘Monitoring [Tehran]’ at TADAEX04 (Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition) that had been installed for 12 days, questioning what is the real presence of Tehran dwellers. Other projects she had in Canada were included ‘Monitoring[A Doll’s House]’, an almost 60 hours durational performance with the virtual installation, ‘a doll’s room’, ‘Fake Memories’, ‘Read Me’ and ‘Charisma’ (as part of ‘Push Festival- Push-OFF’, Canada, and ‘Dancing on the Edge Festival’, Netherlands).

Hessam Nourani
b. 1971, Tehran
Hessam Nourani is graduated from Architecture school and worked in the field between 1993-2000. He started his career in the movie theater industry since 2000.
His cinematic works include: first assistant director and planner in films directed by Bahman Farmanara, Kambozia Partovi, Bahman Kiarostami, George Ovashvili, Rasoul Molagholipour, Mani Haqiqi, Ali Rafeie, Fereydoun Jeyrani.
He had also worked as a video-artist and technical manager at some theaters directed by Amir-Reza Kouhestani, Hassan Majouni, Stefen Wilder, Mohammad Aghebati, Nima Dehghan and Kiomars Moradi.
His work has been presented internationally, at Marienbad Performing Arts Center, Freiburg (2009), Aun Gallery (2012), Ariana Gallery (2014). He did execute more than 20 video-installations for the other artists.

New Media Talk Series #27 | Pouya Jahanshahi

New Media Talk Series #27 | Pouya Jahanshahi
Hybrid Visual Culture: Research, application and curation in cross cultural sphere
Lajevardi Foundation
July 13, 2016 – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
27-Pouya-Jahanshahi

Join us a for a presentation by Pouya Jahanshahi (MFA, CalArts) graphic designer and scholar taking us through his MFA thesis project at California institute of the Arts entitled “Hybrid Visual Culture” and the implementation of its methodology and perspective on design, curation and research. The event will be followed by a Q&A and a related workshop will ensue, specifics will be announced at the presentation.
Pouya Jahanshahi is a Graphic Designer, Filmmaker and Educator residing in Orange County, California since he migrated from his home country of Iran more than 30 years ago.
Pouya received his MFA in Graphic design and Integrated Media, from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), his research was focused on the global development of what he calls “Hybrid Visual Cultures”, where cross-pollination of cultures have resulted in the birth of new visual realms and typographic forms. His M.A. research “ Anatomy of a visual message” explored the realm of semiotics and the process of visual communication. This perspective of “Cultural Hybridity” is what guides his vision, and visible in his works across various mediums.
While presenting on such related issues inter- nationally, Mr. Jahanshahi is currently working on an independent documentary film: The Visual Language of Iranian Graphic Design. When time permits, he pursues his hobbies of Persian calligraphy, silk-screening and concrete poetry. Pouya Jahanshahi has started his new position as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Oklahoma State University, College of Arts and Science.

New Media Talk Series #26 | Emmelie Koster & Lindokuhle Sobekwa

New Media Talk Series #26

Emmelie Koster & Lindokuhle Sobekwa in conversation

Pop-up Gallery – No Man’s Gallery In Tehran

Tuesday June 7,2016
6:30 pm
New Media Projects
The availability of public funds, private patronage, arts education, academic discourse, the international art market, mass audiences or even basic exposure to an artistic environment differs in each country. Whether the artist can access those resources influences the opportunities he will have when dependent on that market. The concept behind the No Man’s Art Gallery exhibition series is focused on making the artist less dependent on their local art world, and more so on a global one. The project makes use of the pop-up gallery concept, an ephemeral gallery with no fixed space, no white walls, no perfect lighting. Emmelie Koster, director and curator of the gallery will explore how the pop-up gallery space can help in mitigating the circumstances that might limit in artist in their own art scene. Lindokuhle joined No Man’s Art Gallery in 2014 for the pop-up gallery in Cape Town. He will share his experiences as a South African photographer and will speak about his path from following the Rubis Mecenat photography programme at his high school to exhibiting in Tehran, participating in the Johannesburg art scene and assisting photography workshops for the youth.
 
Biographies
Lindokuhle Sobekwa (South Africa, 1995) is a young photographer from Thokoza, South Africa. Sobekwa started photographing in 2012 through a project that was organised in his high school by Rubis Mecenat. Sobekwa rapidly developed his talent as a photographer through Magnum workshops, mentoring and an education at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. He now focuses on documentary photography. His ongoing series ‘Nyaope, everything you give me my boss, will do’ brought his work to the attention of a wide and international audience and resulted in exhibitions in the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Ghent International Photography Festival and international representation by No Man’s Art Gallery. The series is a powerful and intimate portrait of a group of young men that he knew growing up, who lost their way to a street drug called Nyaope.
Sobekwa’s work has been published by various media such as Live Magazine South Africa, VICE, The VICE Photo Issue in a feature together with Mikhael Subotzky and Belgian newspaper De Standaard. Sobekwa is currently in Iran to attend the No Man’s Art Pop-up Gallery, and was kindly hosted by New Media Society during his stay.
 
Emmelie Koster (The Netherlands, 1986) is the director and curator of No Man’s Art Gallery, an Amsterdam based gallery that organizes pop-up galleries in another country every year to enable artists to benefit from access to different art markets very early on in their career.
Koster switched to a career in arts not long after graduating in Law and Economics. Her background inspires her practice as both director and curator, focusing on how market circumstances influence opportunities for artists to create and exhibit their work, and how those circumstances can be mitigated or neutralized when presenting art to an audience. Koster has lead the pop-up gallery projects in various European countries, China, India, South Africa and is now in Tehran for the latest pop-up exhibition. Beside her full time involvement with the gallery, Koster works as editor for the Art Market Dictionary at De Gruyter Publishers in Berlin and as consultant for cross-cultural creative initiatives.
 

New Media Talk Series #25 | Meta Marina Beeck

New Media Talk Series #25
Meta Marina Beeck
Thurdsay, May 5, 2016
6:30 pm
New Media Projects

Sven Johne, Jutta, 2014 (Still); Courtesy Galerie KLEMM’S, Berlin

Sven Johne, Jutta, 2014 (Still); Courtesy Galerie KLEMM’S, Berlin

Meta Marina Beeck is representative of Kunsthalle Bielefeld (built in 1968 in Bielefeld, Germany). The exhibition space is specialized in 20th and 21st century art and was a gift of Rudolf August Oetker to the city. It was Oetker’s grandfather, August Oetker, who invented the popular baking powder, which lead to a success story and was the very beginning of the food company Dr. Oetker. Therefore also the foundation of Kunsthalle Bielefeld has a very unique history.
Another part of the lecture by Meta Marina Beeck will focus on and introduce the Kunsthalle’s previous year’s video program; including works by Sven Johne (b. 1976, GER), Samira Eskandarfar (b. 1980, IRAN) and more.

Meta Marina Beeck (b. 1984, Bremen) is a Berlin-based art historian and curator. She studied Art History and New German Literature at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2007-2014) and Chinese language at Peking University, China (2011-2013). 2014 Meta Marina Beeck graduated with her master thesis titled “Notation as a visual form of thought – John Cage, Allan Kaprow and Trisha Brown”.
During the studies she worked as a freelance curator and realized various solo and group exhibitions in Bremen and Berlin. Since 2015 Meta Marina Beeck is working at Kunsthalle Bielefeld as assistant curator to Dr. Friedrich Meschede.
In her research and exhibition practice Meta Marina Beeck focuses on new media and video art.

Exhibitions (selection):
2016: Martin Disler – Bilder vom Maler, Kunsthalle Bielefeld / 2015: Whatness, Kunsthalle Bielefeld / 2014: (CC)TV. Gallery Herold, Bremen / 2013: BEAUTIFUL MINDS. Kleine Humboldt Gallery, Berlin on the occasion of Berlin Art Week 2013 / 2013: AUFWACHEN ! BESSER MACHEN !. Kleine Humboldt Gallery, Berlin.

New Media Talk Series #24 | Armin Zoghi

Single Pulse Of Subjectivity
New Media Talk Series #24 | Armin Zoghi
Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 7 pm
New Media Projects – Tehran

Armin Zoghi, born in 1979, is a photographer, video artist, visual artist, curator and an art educator. He holds two masters degrees, the first being in “Photography” and from Art & Architecture University in Tehran (2003) and second one in “Visual Arts” from Marc Bloch University in France (2006).
His work has been on display in many individual and collective exhibitions across Iran, UAE and Europe. In addition to this resume, he has practiced curating, art gallery management and teaching art avidly. Although he is an expert in photography and video, he’d rather not limit himself to one medium and allowing his projects to show him the proper decision.

Subjectivity has been a regular theme in his works, therefore he refers to Western Philosophy and Cinema. Although he spends much of his effort to create and curate art, manage art galleries and holds discussion groups and workshops, to accomplish his social responsibilities as an artist is a big priority to him.

My artistic process centers around the transmission of images and the way in which they are perceived by each individual. How do the cultural foundations of a society influence the perception and interpretation of symbolic images? Starting with a minimalist approach, I attempt to isolate those symbols common to several cultures of which the interpretation varies according to the cognitive experiences of each one. Although video and photography occur most often in my work, as the most pertinent media, I also create installations as the need arises. I put great importance on technical quality, in order to be able to associate and master artistic means all in the service of an intention. I am sensitive to the configuration of space and the demonstrative systems that I put into place, which are at the very heart of my discourse. While one video may be presented on a small screen, another may be projected at the end of a corridor constructed out of wood; a photograph may be simply hung, while another is stretched over a frame, next to an installation. I produce my images between observation and staging, where critical analysis coexists with more personal and dreamlike intuitions. My process begins with a synthetic configuration of the subject, and develops through the endeavor of image construction.

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