Telepuppet.tv - Ali Momeni & Nima Dehghani

4 October - 5 October 2014
Telepuppet.tv - Ali Momeni & Nima Dehghani
CONNECTING CITIES: Participatory City 2014 / Nuit Blanche

In the framework of the European project Connecting Cities : Participatory City 2014, the Quinzaine Numérique and during the Nuit Blanche Bruxelles, iMAL presents telepuppet.tv, by Ali Momeni & Nima Dehghani (USA/Iran).

telepuppet.tv, is a collaborative project that uses augmented puppets, urban projections and online videos to discuss the problematic of transnational migration.

The project started with the artists and their puppets meeting immigrant communities in Brussels, Liverpool and Madrid, conducting interviews and collecting memories of their country of origin.

In a second step of the project, the puppets, augmented with camera-eyes and microphone-ears, flew to Iran to film a series of short video sequences carrying on the dialogue initiated in the interviews.

During the Nuit Blanche on Saturday 4 October, the mobile theatre of Telepuppet.tv will travel through the streets of Brussels! Using an urban projection setup, the artists will share on walls & façades the migration stories collected by the puppets. 

Find a map of the Nuit Blanche route here!

In the framework of Connecting Cities 2014 : Participatory City, Telepuppet.tv will also be presented in Madrid (MediaLab Prado, 25 & 26/09) and Liverpool!

Ali Momeni & Nima Dehghani

Ali Momeni is into dynamic systems and moving targets; he works with kinetics, electronics, software, sound, light, people, plants and animals. His creative output ranges from sculptures and installations, to urban interventions and music theater performance.

Momeni was born in Isfahan, Iran and emigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies in UC Berkeley. He spent three years in Paris where he collaborated with performers and researchers from La Kitchen, IRCAM, Sony CSL andCIRM. Between 2007 and 2011, Momeni was an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and founded the urban projection collective called the MAW. Momeni currently teaches in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and oversees CMU ArtFab.

alimomeni.net

Nima Dehghani is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the relations between society, politics, and audience interactions in public spaces: physical or virtual.

Nima works predominantly in the medium of Theater and performance art, but has recently been adding digital media to his performances. He strives to find the most effective way to influence the audience and society through new experiences in experimental media. 

His recent studies are on virtual arts to combine performance art with internet and social networks. “Netformance” is the name of his recent project including online performances.

Nima was born in Tehran, Iran in 1986. He completed his BA’s with distinction at IUST School of Architecture in Tehran in 2010 and currently attends Carnegie Mellon University to complete his Masters degree in Fine Arts.

nimadehghani.com

Media Gallery

Pictures & videos by Ali & Nima

Credits

IMAL co-produces and presents Telepuppet.tv in the framework of Connecting Cities: Participatory City 2014Quinzaine Numérique and Nuit Blanche Bruxelles.

Connecting Cities is a European project initiated by Public Art Lab (Berlin), in collaboration with 23 international partners in 21 cities. More info here.

 

Connecting Cities is supported by the Culture Programme 2007-2013 of the European UnionLa Quinzaine Numérique is organised & supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

 Ali Momeni is supported by Creative Capital & Carnegie Mellon University School of Art


Co-produced with FACT with the support of Threshold Studios