Shahrzad Changalvaee & Iman Raad: Two-Headed Imagomancy
Where: The Cooper Union
7 E. 7th St. | 41 Cooper Sq.
212-353-4100 Price: Free
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Two-Headed Imagomancy is a lecture-storytelling that reveals stories around Perso-Arabic writing system, language, and their role in colonial confrontations and globalization. Alongside language and script, THI addresses technology, architecture and art as tools to empower authorities. THI has been presented in different venues in the US and abroad. It responds organically to its audiences, the space, politics, practice of the collaborator artists, and the image of future, at the time of each presentation.
Shahrzad Changalvaee and Iman Raad have lived together since 2007 and Two-Headed Imagomancy is their collaborative project since 2014. They co-founded Dabireh Collective along with Reza Abedini and some other Iranian designers and scholars in 2008, in Tehran, to research, practice, and develop discourses on Persian language, script, calligraphy and typography. Shahrzad Changalvaee (Tehran, 1983) received her MFA in Sculpture from Yale University (2015), and her BA in Graphic Design from Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University (2006). Changalvaee was featured in Shanghai Biennial (2012), was the artist in residence in the Delfina Foundation in London (2012), and currently is a member and co-director of Bon-Gah collective in Tehran. Iman Raad (Mashhad, 1979) received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University (2017), and is the 2017-2018 Shandaken Projects’ Paint School fellow. He will be featured in the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia (2018).
The Intra-Disciplinary Seminar (IDS) Public Lecture Series, designed as an introduction to some of the most pressing questions driving contemporary thought and practice, consists of lectures by artists, theorists, activists, designers, writers, curators, and other practitioners involved in the arts from positions that embody an interdisciplinary approach or that imply new uses for disciplinary traditions.
This year’s series is organized along three general directions: “Open Space: Building”, where we look at the social function of architecture, and how people move through space or build physical or symbolic spaces. “Open Image: Thresholds of Form”, where we think about the practice of image making, as well as the perception and interpretation of aesthetic production. “Open Methods: The (Post-)Colonial Contemporary”, where we wonder how to theorize the present moment, with regard to its political and ethical dimensions. IDS is organized by Leslie Hewitt, assistant professor at the School of Art of The Cooper Union, and Omar Berrada the director of Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and artists’ residency in Marrakech and an adjunct instructor at The Cooper Union.Buy tickets/get more info now