Embodiment and Interventions in Digital Art – Marjan Moghaddam

As a pioneer in 3dCG and Digital Art, Marjan Moghaddam will take us on a journey through feminism, embodiment and #arthack interventions, spanning her career from the early days to the established artist today.

Agora Talk 25

Digital Curator and Moderator Elizabeth Richardson  | 19 May 2021

Why did we learn?

From important museum shows to viral animations, Marjan’s art practice offers lessons in expanding art history into the 21st century in authentic and persistent ways. Her pioneering techniques in each era have innovated aesthetically, technologically, conceptually, and philosophically.

While technology creates flatness in culture, she has delivered profound, moving, and sublime works. Whether it be through her proprietary technique of Chronometric Sculpture which blends the ideals of animation with that of sculpture, to her unique approach to the digital embodiment that employs her figural vocabulary of 3d CG modelling and character animation, she has sought out the profound aspects of contemporariness through digital toolsets.

A rare opportunity to hear from one of the very few women in the world with such a prolific digital art practice.

Artist, Title work (yyyy) © Courtesy of the artist.
Artist, Title work (yyyy) © Courtesy of the artist.

Speaker’s Portfolio

@marjan_moghaddam_artist Baiser at Mary Boone Gallery with GAN Collage Paintings© Courtesy of the artist.
@marjan_moghaddam_artist Lordess Drop with Red & Teale Voxelized GAN © Courtesy of the artist.

Speaker’s Biography

Marjan Moghaddam is an award-winning digital artist and animator who primarily works in computer graphics (CG) and digital 3D. She is internationally recognised for her original style of figuration that merges the ideals of sculpture and animation. Moghaddam defines this unique approach to the digital embodiment as Chronometric Sculpture. She has a prolific exhibition history that spans four decades, notably exhibiting at the Smithsonian.

Her influential #arthacks concept is an ongoing collection of interventions that have been exhibited on Instagram since 2016. With these interventions, she actively engages in social and political critical discourse, seeking to democratise curation as well as exhibition spaces by visually hacking found footage of art fairs, galleries and museums. Moghaddam lives and works in Brooklyn, where she is a Tenured, Full Professor of CG, Animation and mixed reality (XR) at Long Island University.

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