Marjan Moghaddam Bio
Marjan Moghaddam is an award-winning, pioneering, digital artist and animator, who works primarily with 3d Computer Graphics, motion capture of performance, and digital media for animation, net art, NFT art, print, sculpture, installation, AR and VR. Known for her original and distinct style, her digital art has been exhibited extensively at international galleries, museums and festivals, in addition to curated exhibits at the Armory Show in NYC and Art Basel Miami. Ms. Moghaddam’s work has also been an official selection of the prestigious Siggraph Computer Animation Festival and art gallery (the world’s top CG festival) a total of 4 times, including the Siggraph CG03, 30 Years of Computer Art Gallery and international, travelling exhibition.
Ms. Moghaddam is a recipient of numerous grants for her innovative and cutting edge art, such as Rockefeller Fund, NY Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Experimental Television Fund. Marjan was also the featured artist for the launch of DOTCOM Gallery and International Forum for the Digital Arts in 1996, the first NYC, internet-based digital art gallery, sponsored by Prodigy Inc. with GIF animations of her 3d avatar. Her pioneering virtual reality installation, the Box, was grabbed from Soho galleries for Internet pioneer Josh Harris’ CEO office at Jupiter Communications in the 1990s. Ms. Moghaddam’s animations have also been the official selection of numerous international film and video festivals throughout the years, and her digital art is privately held in various private and institutional collections. She was the featured artist for the Visual Music marathon from Northeastern.
Hailed as a “trailblazer in the world of digital art” by the Herald Tribune, and “the first lady of Animated Painting” by the Examiner, since 2016 she has been hacking her #digitalbodies with an original and distinct style of figuration and animation she defines as Chronometric Sculpture, into found and shot exhibition footage online. “The Hijacker” as Conde Nast’s Love magazine calls her, conceived of this Banksy like net art project as part of radicalizing curation and democratizing the exhibition space, while actively engaged in a socially and politically critical discourse. As she puts it: “To hack is merely transgressive, but to do so with a critical discourse is transformational”. She creates the hacks from scratch and posts to the art fairs as they are happening. This body of work was shortlisted for the International Digital Sculpture Prize in 2017, and most recently her #arthacks made the Forbes Top AR Apps, Installations and Activations List for 2019.
Some of these #arthacks have gone viral in recent years such as her Baisser at mary Boone in Glassish and Waxish which had a whopping 2 million views on an Instagram art channel and 2.4 million views on Nowness Facebook, in addition to millions of other views from other shares on top art channels. Her #GlitchGoddess of Art Basel Miami with Picasso and Wood racked up over 3 million views and 66 thousand shares on her Public Page on Facebook and another 1.5 million views and 30k shares on Arts in Paris’ Page, to name a few. Marjan has been exhibiting print and sculpture triggered AR projects from these hacks at numerous international exhibitions at galleries in recent years. She was commissioned to create two chronometric sculpture Augmented Reality Art installations for the Smithsonian and the National Cathedral, while speaking on AR/VR art at top industry events such as Augmented World Expo. Last year she became an official Augmented Reality Adobe Artist-In-Resident for Project Aero and delivered the Keynote for Adobe’s #MakeItImemrsive in NYC. She will have several exhibitions this fall, including at the Art of Our Century gallery in NYC and online with Whitehot magazine of art. Other upcoming exhibitions include a VR installation at the Museum of Other Realities. Her tokenized digital art is available for purchase at Superrare, and Noow art platform, and she will be part of an upcoming Nioo Samsung Wall Video Art program. She lives and works in Brooklyn, where she is a Tenured, Full Professor of CG, Animation and XR at the Brooklyn Campus of LIU.
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