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Augmented Humanism: The Digital Art of Marjan Moghaddam

Artist Marjan Moghaddam is many things, but bored isn’t one of them. A multi-disciplinary artist whose viral sensations, Glitched Goddesses, are propelling the artist toward phenomenal digital art visibility, Moghaddam is that rare artist whose formal stylings and conceptual acumen are equally stunning. Stemming from an #ArtHack Instagram project which the artist initiated in 2016 to disrupt and democratize the exhibition space, her glitch aesthetic permeates the oscillating female forms depicted in her Glitched Goddesses series. Buzz around the series has reached fever pitch, with over 3 million views of her works combined across Arts in Paris and Facebook. So far, her hacks have engaged in dialogue with exhibitions and events at locations ranging from Miami Art Basel to the Guggenheim, the New Museum and Mary Boone gallery – the last three, it is worth noting, were founded by women. “When my ArtBasel Miami hack went viral on Facebook, that’s when I realized the Internet has matured enough for serious, conceptual, thoughtful digital art to go viral and find an audience, ” Moghaddam explained. She now routinely receives collector inquiries on Instagram for work from her #ArtHack collection due to the ongoing social media demand for digital artworks.

Augmented Humanism: The Digital Art of Marjan Moghaddam

Augmented Humanism of Marjan Moghaddam

French Fries Magazine Interview With Artist Marjan Moghaddam

Digital protagonist and subversive of the web, Marjan Moghaddam

Marjan Moghaddam, is a conceptual artist; through her work she builds three-dimensional characters and environments that recall the landscapes of video games or virtual reality. She uses enhanced figures as a means of interrupting social situations and events, exhibitions and catwalks, to explore critical issues such as feminism and capitalism, marginalization and social disparity.

Can you describe yourself in five words?  Digital Artist, Animator, Badass, Woman.

French Fries Magazine Milan Interviews Marjan Moghaddam

Digital Artist, Animator, Badass, Woman.

Art Watch Radio

Art Watch Radio with host Amie Potsic. I will be talking about my #DigitalArt#AugmentedRealityprojects, #Arthacks and the pieces that I currently have up in #EnamoredArmor, an exhibition of work by 3 women artists Rowan University Art Gallery. Feel free to message me any questions that you might have & I will pass it on to the host. Please be advised my behemoth of a workstation is rather loud, so I will be offline during the interview.

 

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Coeval Magazine -Marjan Moghaddam

Marjan Moghaddam is a pioneering and awardwinning Digital Artist and Animator

Marjan has been creating ‘fantastic virtual worlds for decades. Since 2008 and she has been doing so through the use of 3D CG and motion capture of improvised videos. These virtual environments are easily identifiable by her signature ‘Digital Bodies.’ Representative of the transformation we are undergoing due to technological advancements.

Coeval Magazine Marjan moghaddam

JLo in MILAN Blessed by the #Glitch Godess by Marjan Moghaddam

ODD!TY Exclusive – Marjan Moghaddam

Meet Marjan Moghaddam: The Artist who brings Art to life.

WRITTEN BY ODDITY STUDIOS declares Marjan is The Artist who brings Art to life. ODD!TY: Can you share one of the best moments in your career so far When my Augmented Reality Chronometric Sculpture, Autonomous, was exhibited in the original Smithsonian museum building last spring. When my Baisser at Mary Boone #arthack hit 2.2 million views on the Art Gates Instagram post. When I played live improvised animation on stage in a 500 seat theater for the Visual Music Marathon in 2009 funded by the Rockefeller Fund. And lastly, when I went viral in 1996 during the DOTCOM era, and my marjan.com domain crashed from all the hits.

Meet Marjan Moghaddam: The Artist who brings Art to life

ODD!TY Exclusive – Marjan Moghaddam

Quiet Lunch Magazine

Quiet Lunch Magazine will be teaming up with Lyons Weir Gallery to present 1 HOUR TALK, an artist panel featuring Gordon Holden, Marjan Moghaddam and Noah Becker.

Lyons Wier Gallery, Sunday August 24th at 4 pm. “Art & Technology Show, Art on Air.

Marjan Moghaddam in Modern Utopias at the Mainline Art Center Panorama 2015 Philadelphia Festival of Imaging in the 21st Century

Marjan Moghaddam in Modern Utopias Main Line Art Center, Haverford Pa. Panorama 2015 Festival of Imaging in 21st Century. Curated by Amie Potsic 746 Panmure Road Haverford, PA [Phone] 610.525.0272 September12-November 4th
Opening & Artist talk Fri Sept 18th 5.30-8.30pm

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Modern Utopias, the featured exhibition of Panorama 2015, presents compelling visions of modern existence, human potential, and virtual realities through works by Marjan Moghaddam (New York, NY), Noah Addis (Columbus, OH), and Nicole Patrice Dul (Philadelphia, PA). The artists cleverly investigate modern culture, international politics, and existential dilemmas through the camera lens,printed imagery, and digital technology. Reaching for the sublime, these artists invite viewers to interactwith and respond to notions of utopia while defining personal visions of the future. Curated by Executive Director of the main Lien Art Center, Amie Potsic.

For Modern Utopia, pioneering digital artist Marjan Moghaddam takes on some of the grand narratives and disruptions of our era from income inequality, destruction of the environment, technology, and artificial intelligence, to global revolutions from the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement in the US. With eleven spectacular CG pieces, Marjan describes the modern Utopia as an Apocalyptopia, a mashup of the apocalypse and utopia. “Almost every utopian longing for physical comfort from earlier civilizations has been realized in the Anthropocene Age. Our utopia has come at the expense of the destruction of much of the planet, and much of humanity”, she explains, adding, “This is the complex nature of our modern utopia”.

Ms. Moghaddam is actively engaged in redefining form for painting in the Post Digital Art era, “for me painting is a pictorial composition that can be still, animated, interactive, or even navigable as virtual reality”. In Modern Utopia she is exhibiting eight prints (some up to 9 feet), two animations, and a print with an embedded touchscreen videogame, all of which she defines as digital paintings.

Working with cutting edge 3d CG techniques from Hollywood action movies and video games, Marjan creates monumental virtual reality worlds in her signature style, using contemporary digital aesthetics alongside Abstract Expressionism, street art, and classical art historical references. Her pieces also use text and miniature worlds as additional narratology, blending poetry and stories, with social media style commentaries. In some of the pieces she recounts her experiences of living through the 1979 Islamic revolution in her country of origin Iran, and her life since as a political refugee in the US. “Much of the turmoil in the Middle East and global terrorism was foreshadowed by this revolution”, she elaborates, blending her personal stories with global narratives.

Ms. Moghaddam describes her figures as “digital bodies” and “artistic avatars” that are not bound by traditional physically-based forms, but rather technological possibilities. Her characters can be made of energy, fire, or made from machined or cubic parts indicating the transference of our identities and lives to digital substrata, or as spheres, depicting our physical and organic nature. She works with motion capture of improvised performance and other contemporary movements such as martial arts and stunts, which she applies to her CG figures in order to imbue them with what she calls “life, agency, and being”. Her environments employ explosions and special effects alongside simulated paint, symbols, and texts in a nod to our visually complex mediascape.

Ms. Moghaddam has innovated much technology in support of her work in the last 3 decades, and with this particular collection since her landmark animation “Scab” in 2008 (Siggraph Digital Library), which originated some of the concepts, styles, and technologies for this collection. “For me it wasn’t possible to take on these grand narratives without pioneering equally important new aesthetic and technological forms, it couldn’t really be our moment any other way”, she adds. Her approach is to find the Meta-narratives of our rapidly changing world and the cataclysmic nature of our times, “I look for and work with the sublime aspects of everything that is unfolding in frightening yet equally exhilarating ways in this new century. I don’t claim to have the answers, but I try to reframe these radical changes and disruptions by creating layers of depth, substance, and meaning in my modern utopia or #mytopia”, she explains. “And I do it with art that employs cutting edge, 21st century Imaging tools”, she concludes.

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