Morehshin Allahyari: Digital Colonialism

Morehshin Allahyari: Digital Colonialism
Monday, August 12, 2019
6:30 – 8pm

ICI 401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
FREE and open to the public

On August 12th, ICI presents the first iteration of a two-part program entitled New Media Intimacies with artist Morehshin Allahyari (Participating Artist in Never Spoken Again). New Media Intimacies brings together practitioners who engage with new media and technology within the confines of social practice and/or human interaction. Considering the relationship between technology and intimacy, this program will elaborate on the new technologies such as photography and the internet as important tools for understanding social systems, political ecologies, and different positions within these systems.

ICI’s public programs highlights the work of our various collaborators across projects, exhibitions, and Curatorial Intensives in an effort to activate sites of knowledge production within a public space. New Media Intimacies looks specifically at the work being done by those collaborators who use technology and digital arts as a tool for connecting communities.  Morehshin Allahyari, whose work is featured in ICI’s upcoming traveling exhibition Never Spoken Again, looks critically at the political and social underpinnings of the everyday, examining human relations through the lense of the digital. Allahyari is specifically interested in what she has coined “digitial colonialism,” the tendency for information technologies to be deployed in ways that reproduce colonial power relations. For the first half of this event, Allahyari will speak to the concept of digital colonialism and the way in which it influences her practice today with the latter half of the event reserved for a participatory workshop among the audience.

Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections is a traveling exhibition curated by Curatorial Intensive alumni and faculty David Ayala Alfonso. The exhibition reflects on the birth of modern collections, the art institutions that sustain them and their contingent origin stories. Considering how institutional collections organize our lives Never Spoken Again brings together artists whose works open up a critique of material culture, iconography, and political ecologies.

This program presented in collaboration with Denniston Hill, where Morehshin Allahyari is was artist in residence in early 2019, continues ICI’s engagement with organizations and individual partners in the New York region to think together about our shared investments. Situated in the Southern Catskills on a 200-acre campus, DH was established on the conviction that it is imperative for artists of all disciplines, backgrounds and career stages to have time and space for reflection and research. The organization was founded in 2004 by a group of primarily LGBTQ artists, architects, and writers of color. DH is an artist-centered interdisciplinary residency and arts organization that fosters an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of contemporary artistic practice. Their mission is guided by the principle that creative and critical voices are important in shaping a just, equitable society.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with MOREHSHIN in the subject line.

Please see here for the second program in the New Media Intimacies series with Ariana Faye Allensworth.

This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image Credit: Material Speculation (detail), 2016, 3-D printed figures (Set of 4), Variable Dimensions, Courtesy of Upfor Gallery

August 12, 2019

401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Morehshin Allahyari

Morehshin Allahyari (Iran, 1985) is an artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She is the recipient of the leading global thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Morehshin was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke– (published on December 2016 online in 3DPDF format and in print by the Institute of Networked Cultures). Her modeled, 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of ancient artifacts destroyed by ISIS, titled Material Speculation: ISIS, have received widespread curatorial and press attention and have been exhibited worldwide. Morehshin has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world including Venice Biennale di Archittectura, Pompidou Center, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Tate Modern, Queens Museum, Pori Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Jeu de Paume, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Museum für Angewandte Kunst. She has been an artist in residence at BANFF Centre (2013), Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (2015), Autodesk Pier9 Workshop in San Francisco (2015), and the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research in association with Transmediale, Berlin (2016), Eyebeam’s one year Research Residency (2016-2017) in NYC. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Wired, National Public Radio, Parkett Art Magazine, Frieze, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Al Jazeera, among others.

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