About us

New media society is a project space,archive and Library dedicated to New Media Arts. NMS  acting as a hub and mediator for several emerging project spaces across the country, by archiving and facilitating projects related to new media arts, by organizing talks and workshops, publications and events such as presentation, symposiums and exhibitions. Publishing and knowledge production as well as archiving and preservation and public outreach will its key tasks to provide a most needed platform for ever growing scene of new media in Iran.

Description of the Project (what, who, when and where. )

New Media Society is a platform for researching and promoting new media arts in Iran. NMS’s approach will be as inclusive as possible to maximize outreach and to include and initiate cooperation with existing infrastructures and resources within the country and the network of artists and professionals in diaspora.

NMS is designed to create an open source archive of New Media as well as a study room/ meeting place for artists, researchers and scholars, and aims to bridge the gap between new media artists and their potential enthusiastic audience.

NMS wishes to promote interdisciplinarity and create a context for practices that take place at the intersections between art, science and technology, geared toward video art, sound art, and new media. The society will be acting as a hub and mediator for several emerging project spaces across the country as well as the international scene, by archiving and facilitating projects related to new media arts, and by organizing talks and workshops, publications and events such as presentations, screening, symposiums and exhibitions.

Public outreach, knowledge production as well as archiving and preservation will be the society’s key tasks to provide a much needed platform for the ever growing scene of new media in Iran. Another goal of the society is to reverse the one way stream of art and knowledge production leaving Iran and taking residence outside of the county. NMS aims to encourage artists/researchers aboard to share their experiences and expertise with students and artists back home. Despite the absence of academic opportunities inside the country, there is an emerging scene of young artists who are experimenting with new media. One the other hand, because of the same lack of educational infrastructure, there is an increasing number of artists and specialists who move to other (mostly western) countries,for studying, and then in many cases for living. In such circumstances one realizes that there should be a platform that can incorporate the intellectual resources from Iranian artists and professionals from all around the world

We wish to ask for help/support for design and promotion, building audience and the online / offline hub for new media society public artistic and education programs. To invite a team of experts to design the structure and guidelines for the archive, and articulate their finding and through the online bilingual portal. While our project room will be a multi-purpose venue for producing cultural outputs, social awareness and public engagements whining the society, our rotating screening programs and workshops in collaboration with local initiatives will be helping artists and audience outside of center to engage and participate in their cities without the need of coming to Tehran.

As aside project we would like to invite international artist and thinkers as temporary residents and workshop instructors to elevate the scene and the quality of the programs.

Objectives:

Research and study room facilities such as Wi-Fi connected library and workshop space on Media arts, international books, catalogs and artists’ journals
Media Art Archive combining/reorganizing few existing archives in Iran and standardizing the archiving method and making it available as an online index and as offline library on our computers/viewing stations
Online Portal for New Media Studies in Iran will be a hub for artists, scholars, Writers, Translators and Knowledge producers to connect and share ideas, publishing entries, calls and reviews from various domestic and international projects.

Events and Activities:

public presentations Talks, mini exhibitions and workshops on Preservation, practice and theory)

Seminars with international Guests on various New media related topics (Video art, art & technology and sound and interactive) approximate reach 80-100 People including local professionals and international guests

Curatorial platform/Archive of local and international New Media Art

Rotating Weekly screening program

  • Designing/launching a bilingual online platform for New media Studies and making its archive index available online.
  • Producing catalogs and readers with each seminar and blog entries mapping activities in Tehran and other emerging scene across Iran. And creating narrative for a possible introduction to New Media Art in Iran.

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