Morehshin Allahyari

unbag publication releases Issue 2: End with an night of readings at Printed Matter, Inc. Jan 11

10 January 2018

The release event for unbag Issue 2: End is taking place at New York’s Printed Matter, Inc. on January 11.

The digital and print publication unbag (that “promotes dialogue concerning contemporary art, cultural practice, and political action”) is releasing their second issue of visual art, critical essays, web-based projects and other literary works that explore the idea of ‘end’ and featuring 19 contributors including Morehshin AllahyariJesse DarlingShawné Michaelain Holloway, Baseera Khan, Precious Okoyomon and Ashwin Ravikumar among others.

The evening will feature readings and performances by Justin Allen, Thea Ballard, Shawné Michaelain Holloway and Baseera Khan.

Visit the Printed Matter, Inc. website for details.**

Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Unbag Issue 2 Spread (2018) Courtesy the artist, unbag + Printed Matter, Inc. New York


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Katie Torn’s Low Tide is an imagined ocean of Mermaid selfies + yoga poses before the tsunami hits at Upfor Gallery, Jul 26 – Aug 19

24 July 2017

Katie Torn is presenting solo exhibition Low Tide at Portland’s Upfor Gallery, opening July 26 and running to August 19.

The show features eight works on paper and two video installations of “overwhelmed female bodies, desperately trying to adapt to a decaying, physical world that is consumed by image and simulations.”

The press release comes with a text describing a seductive space at the ocean floor, revealed when the water recedes during the calm period before a tsunami hits. This “imagined ocean at low tide as their setting” features a series of 3D renderings, and photos the New York-based artist’s sculptures, paint, and found images, to depict yoga poses in plastic and Mermaids surrounded by the detritus of ‘Snapchat-like’ filters and special effects. 

Low Tide is the last of a series of three exhibitions — including Morehshin Allahyari and Brenna Murphy — which will culminate in a collaborative presentation, opening August 23 and running through September 2.

See the Upfor Gallery website for details.**

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Potential, positivity + grounds for change: a guide to Vienna Biennale 2017

20 June 2017

The 2017 Vienna Biennale is taking place at venues across the city opening June 21 and running to October 1.

Curated by Amelie Klein of Vitra Design Museum and Marlies Wirth of MAK, this year’s theme Robots. Work. Our Future brings together architecture, art and design to explore an “environmentally and socially sustainable concept of the digital age that is also committed to a new humanism.” The ambitious four month event, which you can download an app for here, sounds optimistic in its approach to technology, with a strong focus on potential and creating open spaces for “contemplating meaningful living” to bring about positive change. The program is also keen on bringing the fields of art into a wider audience for more interdisciplinary conversation. 

Our recommended events include:

– How Will We Work? group exhibition with Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke, + others at AIL– Jun 21 to Sep 27 
Work it, feel it! group exhibition with Apparatus 22, Hannah Black, Shawn Maximo and Sidsel Meineche Hansen + others at Kunsthalle Wien – Jun 21 – Sep 10
– Artificial Tears group exhibition with Sean Raspet, Cécile B. Evans, Kiki Smith, Jeremy Shaw + others at MAK – June 21 – Oct 1
ich weiß nicht [I don’t know]—Growing Relations between Things group exhibition with Lisa Holzer, Birgit Jürgenssen, Anita Leisz + others at MAK – June 21 – Oct 1
Longing for Labor, a panel discussion by MAK FUTURE LAB with Lisa Holzer, Ágnes Heller + others at MAK – Jul 4
The Care + Repair symposium as well as public talk with the curators and local contributors inCare + Repair – What next?  at Az W Nordbahn-Halle – Jun 3

Visit the Vienna Biennale for details.**



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Looking back to the Goddess with Morehshin Allahyari in She Who Sees The Unknown at Upfor Gallery, Jun 1 – 24

30 May 2017

Morehshin Allahyari presents solo exhibition She Who Sees The Unknown at Portland’s Upfor Gallery opening June 1 to the 24.

The installation will include sculpture (3D printed), text, moving image as well as a research archive within the public reading room and will “re-figure dark goddesses from Middle Eastern mythology.” The New York-based artist is currently a Research Fellow at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.

The exhibition was first presented at New York’s Transfer Gallery, and is the result of two years of research into “the effects of digital colonialism and other forms of contemporary oppression,” placing her work between art and activism.

Visit the Upfor Gallery website for details.**

Morehshin Allahyari, ‘Unknown King of Hatra’ (2015). Courtesy, Portland.


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Fake news + alternative information at How much of this is fiction at Liverpool’s FACT, Mar 2 – May 21

28 February 2017

The How much of this is fiction group exhibition is on at Liverpool’s FACT, opening March 2 and running to May 21.

Curated by Annet Dekker and David Garcia in collaboration with Ian Alan Paul, the show features work by !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Morehshin Allahyari, Coco FuscoSuperflux, The Yes Men and UBERMORGEN among others.

The show explores “radical shift in the boundary between fiction and reality in a world increasingly governed by ‘post-truth’ politics,” and will also be accompanied by an opening day of talks by the artists and curators, with a further programme of workshops over the weekend, dedicated to exploring “fake news and alternative facts”.

See the FACT website for details.**

Paul Garrin, in ‘How much of this is fiction’. ‘Man with a Video Camera’, (1988).
Single channel video. Courtesy the artist + FACT, Liverpool.
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Morehshin Allahyari @ Transfer Gallery, Oct 22 – Dec 3

21 October 2016

Morehshin Allahyari is presenting solo exhibition She Who Sees the Unknown at New York’s Transfer Gallery, opening October 22 and running to December 3.

The Iranian-born, US-based artist presents a new body of work — including 3D sculptures, text, moving image and a public research program in a reading room and online public archive — as part of an ongoing activism practice concerned with “Digital Colonialism and ‘re-Figuring’ as a Feminism and activism practice”.

Launching alongside Allahyari’s one year research residency at Eyebeam, the show explores “forgotten, misrepresented, and suppressed histories and narratives” in “dark goddesses, monstrous, and djinn female figures of Middle-Eastern origin”. In moving beyond a binary view of “West vs Islam”, the focus of She Who Sees the Unknown is on magic and poetic-speculative storytelling, re-appropriation of traditional mythologies, collaging, meshing, scanning, and archiving.

See the Transfer Gallery website for details.**

Morehshin Allahyari, 'Unknown King of Hatra' (2015). Courtesy, Portland.
Morehshin Allahyari, ‘Unknown King of Hatra’ (2015). Courtesy, Portland.
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30 September 2016

Portland’s Upfor Gallery is launching online exhibition space with a group exhibition, opening October 1 to January 31, 2017.

Curated by Valentina Fois, the show features work by Morehshin Allahyari, Leah Beeferman, Kate Durbin, Faith Holland, Brenna Murphy and Megan Snowe, and explores the tensions of functioning within an online space; its transience and eternity, freedoms and limitations.

Connected by a running commentary written by Kimmo Modig between all of the works, the exhibition explores these paradoxes and juxtapositions through work exploring the way we portray ourselves online and to others.

The website for the exhibition is designed by Fois and Beeferman, and additional text written by Fois, Snowe and Modig.

See the website for details.**

Kate Durbin, 'Hello Selfie Men' (2016). Photo by Anna Jacobsen. Courtesy the artist.
Kate Durbin, ‘Hello Selfie Men’ (2016). Photo by Anna Jacobsen. Courtesy the artist.

Header image: Brenna Murphy, ‘CorridorShiftExtrude (extract)’ (2016). Website. Courtesy the artist.

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Daniel Rourke + Morehshin Allahyari @ Spike Island, Jul 10

8 July 2016

Daniel Rourke and Morehshin Allahyari are giving a talk at Bristol’s Spike Island on July 10.

The duo —artist Rourke and artist and new media researcher Allahyari —are currently based in Berlin working on their ‘3D Additivist Manifesto’, which is transcribed in full here. It will be the basis of the talk at Spike Island, curated by artist Tamarin Norwood as a part of her new body of work conducted on the gallery’s residency programme this year.

The manifesto is a call out for radical responses in the form of blueprints, designs, 3D print templates, and essay. Along with the forthcoming ‘Cookbook’, it is, in the duo’s words, a call to push 3D printing and additive technologies to their absolute limits and beyond, into the realm of the speculative, the provocative, and the weird.

See the Spike Island website for more details.**


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My First 3D – Part II @ Microscope, Nov 2

2 November 2015

My First 3D -Part II is being held at New York’s Microscope gallery on November 2.

Organised by Ben Coonley, this group show screens the first ever 3D project from a range of new and experienced artists. Coined as ‘”idiosyncratic, playful, raw and personal”, the films range in length – from the instant to over 10 minutes. Central to the works is artistic playfulness and development in light of new technologies – learning new software and developing “new relationships to space”.

Participating artists are including, Morehshin Allahyari, Robbie Brannigan, Jacob Ciocci, Theodore Darst, Cecilia Dougherty, Tim Geraghty, Claudia Hart, Elliot Kaufman, Simone Leitner, Kristin Lucas, Joe McKay, Takeshi Murata, Lisa Oppenheim, Eva Papamargariti, Keith Sanborn, Mariana Silva, Joshua Gen Solondz, Andre Springer, Katie Torn, and Giselle Zatonyl.

See the Microscope Gallery event page for details.**

Claudia Hart @ Coded After Lovelace (2014). Courtesy the artist.
Claudia Hart @ Coded After Lovelace (2014). Courtesy the artist.
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Chatrooms III: CLICK CLICK CLICK @ Grey Area, Jan 15

13 January 2015

Gray Area Art + Technology is hosting the latest edition of Chatrooms III, titled CLICK CLICK CLICK and taking place on January 15.

The survey of contemporary digital moving images includes a lot of things – GIFs, green screen keying, collages, appropriates, 3D renderings, augmented performances, more. Curated by Faith Holland and Nora O Murchú, the one-night-only screening involves a full house of great contemporary artists,  including Hannah Black and Lorna Mills , as well as some promising new names, like Morehshin AllahyariDafna Ganani, Geraldine Juárez, and Nicole Killian.

The greater Chatrooms, of which CLICK CLICK CLICK is only the third run, developed as a series of screenings, installations, conversations, and workshops focusing on contemporary new media art practices, curated by Allahyari and Willa Köerner from within Gray Area Cultural Incubator.

See the event FB page for details. **


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