Love Magazine Interviews “DIGITAL HIJACKER” Marjan Moghaddam
LOVE MAGAZINE Interview The DIGITAL HIJACKER MARJAN MOGHADDAM ON RADICAL CURATION AND REINVENTING THE GALLERY SPACE. Meet Marjan Moghaddam, a conceptual artist and social activist, pioneering a visual method of “hacking,” that uses digital animations to disrupt conventional social situations such as galleries and runways.
Trebuchet Magazine feature The Digital Journey of Marjan Moghaddam
Marjan Moghaddam is a digital pioneer whose work has stayed true to the revolutionary premise art should never be wholly expected. She first exhibited computer animation on a Commodore 64 back in 1984 while living in Downtown NYC during the ’80s punk rock and art scene. As a video artist at the Pyramid Club in NYC she shot the performance art&n bsp;and created video, electronic, and early computer art to show there and at East Village galleries. She is a true CyberPunk pioneer nurtured by Neuromancer and William Gibson in the original Metaverse.
SUPER RARE featured Artist Marjan Moghaddam: The Early Pioneer of Digital Art is interviewed and quoted in this Article about her own signature glitch animated figures (Chronometric Sculpture), and GAN generated paintings and #arthack with her Glitch Goddess and other #Digitalbodies in leading art fairs like Art Basel and major institutions like the Whitney. With Featured NFT drop Taking the Knee’ In solidarity with GAN-generated Paintings at Art Basel 2020
Forbes.com Online Magazine featuring the “Art Hacks” of Crypto Artist Marjan Moghaddam as part of the top projects of 2019 featured Mixed Reality & AR Activation artwork are listed as part of the article Written by Jesse DamianiContributor of Consumer Tech, VR/AR, Blockchain, AI, Startups, & Media.
Is Crypto Art A New Renaissance Or Another Rococo?
In My Conversation With Marjan Moghaddam, one of the first things that came up during the conversation was the potential of Crypto Art, and Marjan pointed out that many NFT evangelists are fond of calling it a new renaissance, mostly as a figure of speech.
Marjan Moghaddam, a famous digital artist is a deeply fascinating person. She has generated sales on Superrare since she has been on the platform. I immediately told her I wanted to interview her for the NFT Writer magazine, and she agreed. During our conversation, she raised an interesting question: Is crypto art today a new Renaissance, or is it another Rococo?
Moghaddam calls these works #ArtHacks. Rumfoords sat down with Moghaddam to ask her about the voluptuous and psychedelic figures that seem to spring out of the imagination of a hallucinating fashion designer to haunt gallery spaces in her work. But that led to a wide-ranging conversation on our collective imaginations, patronage, and expression in crypto art. Enjoy!
Since the eighties, Moghaddam has been developing his work in animation and computer graphics. His works have already been exhibited all over the world, especially in digital art circuits. His series #arthack and #digitalbodies have recently reached thousands of people on Instagram and Facebook.
For a very simple reason: her interventions at exhibitions and art fairs make intelligent use of appropriations and comments on issues related to inequality and the female body.
Marjan Moghaddam’s works bring to bear the social justice underpinnings forming the foundation of Re-Engineering Humanity. The exhibition, organized with the subtext “a cautionary tale for the twenty-first century”, dwells in the multi-dimensional narratives constructed by societal dissonances and investigating the existing perceptions that persistently frame our worldview. Through September 13th, Moghaddam’s works form a prescient aspect of an exhibition that fearlessly questions where society is headed by examining what remains from the systems that consistently determine how we hold ourselves back.
“The story of art is the story of human imagination. The virtual technologies of the imagination have great potential for sharing meaningful and transformational experiences.”
The Residency is also revealing a lot about how the right immersive tools can push artists’ creativity. Take Marjan Moghaddam’s work – she came to the residency as an established mixed-reality artist, but her workflow was time-consuming and cumbersome. “My process didn’t allow for a lot of spontaneity or creative play,” she explains. “I was immediately blown away by the idea of having an AR editing tool on a mobile device that I could walk around with. I loved the spontaneity. It allowed me to come up with ideas I never would have thought of before.”
Covid-19 and the social distancing it involves are intensifying transformation of the art world towards the digital sphere; XR, AR and VR are finally taking control. One artist at the forefront of this development is the Iranian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Marjan Moghaddam, the “First Lady of Animated Painting”.
Her latest collection uses motion capture of improvised performances, which she applies to her characteristic bodies, created in virtual worlds with 3D computer graphics (3DCG), to tackle the political, global, feminist, and cultural problems affecting the fourth industrial revolution and late-stage capitalism. “Her art could not be more relevant in a time in which the pandemic is exposing long-tolerated inequalities.”