[-empyre-] Errata: and welcome.

pl at voyd.com pl at voyd.com
Tue May 25 08:52:06 AEST 2021


I am very excited for this week, as it introduces some great minds that I have had the pleasure of being with in the UAE, and onwards.

First, Negin's pronouns are she/her, and is just an erratum.

She is a fantastic mind, and celebrated artist/illustrator/critic from Tehran. I worked with her first in 2010, when we collaborated on Morehshin Allahyari's "My Day, Your Night" project, and we collaborate closely to this day.  Her insights are a constant illumination on life and culture, and I am happy she will be with us.

I met Rohit Goel during a symposium given by critic Kevin Jones at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. His thought on matters of contemporary culture had clarity and wit that have stayed with me to this day, and I am grateful for his introduction to the thought of Suhail Malik at Goldsmiths, and on the temporally continuous nature of the Contemporary. It is in part a reason for this conversation.

Isaac Sullivan is a valued colleague and contemporary artist who was part of the faculty with me at Zayed University in the UAE (he is still there). His background in human nature and criticism have always given rich food for thought. We are both showing in Dubai's digital art hub, Nation2.0 (nation20.art).

Thank you to my colleagues and everyone who has been so kind to participate in this time.

On Mon, 24 May 2021 19:31:59 +0000, Renate Ferro <rferro at cornell.edu> wrote:

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Welcome to our last week of guests: Negin Ehtesabian, Rohit Goel,Shama Nair, and Isaac Sullivan. I am grateful to Patrick for suggesting these guests and we look forward to their posts this week. Their biographies are below.

Just a quick note that we will take a summer break on -empyre- after May 31st and return in September.

Negin Ehtesabian is a contemporary artist, illustrator, and designer born and raised in Tehran/ Iran. He has lived in
Iran, Great Britain and United Arabs Emirates. He is a member of the American art community Techspressionism since 2020 and a member of the Iranian Illustrators society since 2005. He has Illustrated more than 35 picture books for children and adults, including authoring four,
published in Iran, Italy, Germany, India, China, Taiwan, Canada, and Turkey.

His mural and urban designs can be found inTehran. He has been an Independent sticker‐based street artist since
BA in Visual Communication from the University of Tehran (Fine art faculty)
Animation at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK

Rohit Goel is Director/Professor of the Bombay Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). He is the co-editor of Lacan contra Foucault: Subjectivity, Sex, Politics (Bloomsbury) and has taught courses in critical theory, historiography, and politics at the University of Chicago, Sciences Po Paris, the American University of Beirut, and Jnanapravaha Mumbai. Rohit received the Fulbright IIE and Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowships to pursue years of Arabic language study in Syria and was awarded the Fulbright DDRA and Andrew C. Mellon Fellowship for PhD dissertation research in primary sources in Lebanon. He completed his BA from Harvard College and, as Harvard University’s Paul Williams Fellow to Emmanuel College, was granted an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Shama Nair is a photographer, writer, and pedagogue working with the Bombay Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). Drawn to the intersection between urbanity and visual culture, her research foregrounds our relationship with an ever-expanding neoliberal metropolis, particularly in the MENASA, compelling audiences to think aesthetic, political, and social transformation afresh.

Isaac Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Zayed University in Dubai, where his research interests include sound art, artificial intelligence, and the problematics of space and place. His videos, installations, and sonic interventions – which explore technically altered perceptions of time – have been exhibited at Personal Structures, a 2019 Venice Biennale collateral hosted by the European Cultural Centre; Tashkent Biennale; and Beirut Design Week. His performances, which often focus upon the phenomena of sound recording and playback, include 58th Venice Biennale; KED, Beirut; Alserkal Avenue, Dubai; and DIVE x Fabrika, Tbilisi.

Renate Ferro
Visiting Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Art
Tjaden Hall 306
rferro at cornell.edu

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