[-empyre-] Introduction

Roya Ebtehaj roya.ebtehaj at gmail.com
Wed May 6 11:54:12 AEST 2020

Hello everybody,

I am Roya Ebtehaj, an Iranian artist based in the Bay Area, CA. I
incorporate XR technology (VR/AR), 3D, video, animation, web, and
installation to reflect on the themes of identity, stress, and digital
chaos. My practice stems from looking for new methodologies, taking a
multidisciplinary approach, and merging creative production and modern

My current research navigates between two directions. The first is Multiple
Identities, which reflects my questions about my own personal dual identity
based on the society where I grew up. Byron’s wonderful introduction also
reminded me of the days I grew up alongside the transition from analog to
digital as I was learning ways to bypass Iranian internet filtering in
order to check my Orkut account!

The other aspect of my research focuses on 21st century digital
exploitation. Imperialism and capitalism have taken on a new form in the
digital age. Corporations misuse our data (and we are complicit) and
globalisation and consumerism have become the new normal.
One of the themes I explore is “Plastystopia,” a horrific dystopia where
everything is fake. With this idea in mind, in 2019,  I created an
installation called “Plastic Makes Perfect”. Below is a link to this piece,
where you can learn more.

Thanks to Byron and those who introduced me to this community, I am very
happy and honoured to be part of it! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week
in this uncertain time!


Roya Ebtehaj
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Art and Art History
Santa Clara University
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