[This presentation investigates the idea of affirmative negation, which examines the condition of creative production as an exception to the regular laws of an existing situation; or as Nietzsche calls it, negation of the status quo. Affirmative negation suggests that indicative message of a communicative act is not necessarily embedded within a set of utterances and wordings as such, but it could, paradoxically, be found in the negation of these superficial manifestations.
Using this concept, I will talk about my current research, through a series of projects about the relationship between identity and social interaction. Mirroring the rich, interdependent, and shape-shifting world we live in, I suggest that our sense of self is increasing in complexity and changing throughout our lifetime. This particular project, called Made in Iran, is the outcome of several interviews with Iranian individuals, living in the United States, whose identities are often assumed by others to only comprise their nationality. In this work I tried to portray their complexity, depth and presence by asking them to share in a series of words, images and videos that more accurately reflects their intended identity.
[In the flows of our digital culture where signs are floating aimlessly without being anchored by any history or reality, returning to any pre-defined method of communication seems no longer possible. AThe objective of this project/talk is finding the possibility of assignment of our dislocated self in relation to others. Considering this presumably culture-less situation, it seems important to re-investigate the determination of self in the current de-localized culture. ]
Material and Technical Requirements
[The installation requires 12 HD video projectors, 12 media players with hdmi output, and 12 pedestals.]
As organizers we strive for low-cost pathways of participation, are you interested in a community billet program either hosting out-of-towners or staying with locals?
[Born in Iran, a society with stringent regulatory control over all types of communication, Bahram developed a keen interest in understanding how the performance of individual actions could affect the outcome of our social encounter. His practice involves performance, installation, books, ephemera, social media, video and photographs. He received his MFA from the University of Oregon, where he held a teaching position as a Career Instructor of Art for 5 years. Currently he works as an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the Indiana State University since 2019.]
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