Wednesday Sept 27: Morehshin Allahyari at UWM

Morehshin Allahyari is an Iranian artist who moved to the US ten years ago, and produces work across Internet art, video and installation, sculpture, writing, and other forms, all of which explore, she says,  the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day.

Two of Allahyari’s recent and most well-known works are The 3D Additivist Cookbook (with Daniel Rourke), and Material Speculation: ISIS. The former is a book of 3d .obj and .stl files, critical and fictional texts, templates, recipes, (im)practical designs and methodologies from over 100 world-leading artists, activists and theorists.

And it is absolutely free.

Download The 3D Additivist Cookbook here, or torrent (yes, a completely legal bit torrent!) the archive here.

Material Speculation is a reconstruction of 12 selected (original) artifacts (statues from the Roman period city of Hatra and Assyrian artifacts from Nineveh) that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015. Allahyari 3D modeled and 3D printed these forms, creating, in the artists words “a practical and political possibility for artifact archival, while also proposing 3D printing technology as a tool both for resistance and documentation. It intends to use 3D printing as a process for repairing history and memory.” She includes a flash drive and a memory card inside the body of each 3D printed object, making each a kind of time capsule with images, maps, pdf files, and videos gathered on the artifacts and sites that were destroyed.

She is also a friend: generous and fun, smart and friendly, I highly recommend you try to make it to her talk this week, September 27, 2017 here in Milwaukee.

Artists Now! lectures take place every Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the Arts Center Lecture Hall on the UWM campus. They are always free and open to the public.

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One Reply to “Wednesday Sept 27: Morehshin Allahyari at UWM”

  1. This will be my introduction for tonight:

    It is an honor and a pleasure for me to introduce Morehshin Allahyari, our visiting artist this week.

    An Iranian artist who moved to the US ten years ago, she produces work across Internet art, video and installation, sculpture, writing, and other forms, all of which explore, she says, the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day.

    Her accolades of import range from awards and residencies across the world; her work is smart and provocative – though I wont give it away; and she was literally named a leading global thinker in 2016 by Foreign Policy magazine (and given an award those thoughts she shares).

    But you’ll hear all of this in her talk. You’ll see that she deserves her accolades, her exhibitions, the praise she receiveds.

    I hope you’ll also see what I see.

    A real person, with passion, and drive, to make a better world.

    A generous scholar, who loves learning as much as she does teaching.

    A brilliant artist, who understands that this means being a public figure, both engaging and engaged.

    An amazing storyteller, who can understand the ethical questions behind almost any dialog, see the humor in some of the worst situations.

    And a good friend, or at least to me.

    Thanks for coming Morehshin. I have no doubt we’re all in for a very interesting performance.

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