Moghaddam’s #GlitchGoddess was born out of her #arthack interventions, and first emerged in her Kavanaugh Haunted my Frieze London #ArtHack in 2018. #GlitchGoddess calls attention to feminist critical discourse and inequalities in the art world through hacking exhibition spaces. Like many of Moghaddam’s #arthacks, GlitchGoddess interventions are frequently created and posted while art fairs are happening, giving her only a couple of days to create a concept, render it, and upload it to social media. Moghaddam explains that this timeframe encourages her to be spontaneous and apply a creative stream-of-consciousness approach to her work.
GlitchGoddess occupies XR; she emerges in hybridised spaces of possibility, digital embodiment and transformational critical discourse. Through Chronometric Sculpture and 3dCG figuration, Moghaddam’s figures embody both plasticity and digital aesthetic of glitch. “She is animated between slender, heavy, young, old, pregnant, curvy, stylised and also abstract,” Moghaddam explains in an interview with the website Art Spiel.
Moghaddam’s #arthacks frequently feature music, memes and voiceovers in addition to digital bodies. The Glitched Goddesses With Portrait of Picasso & Wood #arthack of Art Basel Miami in 2018 included the voices of artists Jillian Mayer, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Joan Semmel, Faith Ringgold and Barbara Zucker from a documentary about inequality in the art world. “It’s been an ongoing battle,” one artist says. “Every woman has stories of being excluded,” says another. These voiceover extracts merge to create a dialogue that follows the Glitch Goddesses through the Art Basel Miami exhibition space.
Glitched Goddesses With Portrait of Picasso & Wood amassed over three million views on Moghaddam’s public Facebook page, and millions of additional views through other top Net art channels. Cumulatively, GlitchGoddess now has over 18 million views. Moghaddam’s work has sparked conversations about the body, sexuality and inequality, and she has since used comments on #arthack posts as voiceovers for various AR activations at curated.
Every GlitchGoddess possesses a dialogue of embodiment and individual art-historical intervention. A recurring figure in Moghaddam’s practice is Glitched Odalisque, a digital embodiment that responds to the harem girl fantasy of nineteenth-century Orientalist paintings. Glitched Odalisque reclaims the gaze of white male European painters, taking full command of her sexuality. As Moghaddam highlights in an art talk shared on her Instagram, “glitching her was playing with that idea of sexuality. Her sexuality isn’t about ‘I want you to want me.’” She adds, “Her sexuality is: ‘I glitch the hell out of myself if I feel like it.’” exhibitions.