Biography

Amir Baradaran (b. 1977) is a New York based Iranian-Canadian performance and new media artist. His pioneering Augmented Reality {AR}t works question the role of machines and the promise of Artificial Intelligence in our everyday life. Baradaran’s praxis has inspired academic researchers, art professionals and technology developers alike. He is interested in the articulation of visual vocabularies that use Augmented Reality {AR} technology around notions of interactivity, infiltration, data-mining, failed utopias and the ephemeral. His bodies of work, writings, and public speaking, including his recent TEDx talk, engage with the ways in which participatory experiences and new-media instigate speculations about the racialized self, sexualized body, radical subjectivities and technology.

Baradaran is the creative research Associate at Columbia University's Computer Science department (CG and User Interfaces Lab). He is the recipient of the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality first place prize, Canada Art Council’s Visual Arts Grant and UC Berkeley’s Artist Residency (from Center for New Media, Critical Theory, Performance Studies, and Race and Gender Studies). Morgan Stanley commissioned him for the opening ceremony of Pulse Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach. In addition to being discussed in academic publications from Cambridge and Oxford University Press, the New York Observer, ARTNET, National Public Radio, BBC, Forbes, Art21, Euro-News, Dot429, L’Actualité, Miami New Times and Radio Television Suisse have also reviewed his work. ARTINFO described his public-art installation, Transient (6,300 NYC taxicabs, 1.5M viewers), as “one of the most interesting urban interventions.” Frenchising Mona Lisa (AR installation/infiltration in the Louvre) was featured on the cover of ArtinAmerica.com in which Baradaran claims to be part of the permanent collection of the Louvre—until this institution finds legal means to remove his AR(t) project. In his book, Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics (2015), Robert Stam examines how Baradaran’s work “enacts in ‘media jujitsu’ and instigates critical speculation about national identities, Islamophobia, and curatorial practices.

Baradaran has pursued his artistic and academic endeavors through Growing Panes (AR performance, British Museum, Art&Patronage, 2012) and other projects such as Marry Me to the End of Love (initially installed at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2012), FutARism (2011), SamovAR & Tempest in the Teahouse (AR installation and performance, Armory Arts Week, 2012), Selfie-Centered (Art Basel Miami Beach, 2014) and Man Na Manam + {AR}ticulations of the Self (Istanbul Archeology Museum, 2015). He is currently working on a large-scale interactive Augmented Reality public AR(t) installation in Colorado, Florida and Canada. amirbaradaran.com | @Amir_Baradaran



Testimonies



Artist Amir Baradaran is doing a video project in 6,300 New York taxi cabs, and if you’re lucky enough to hail one of them — and if you’re paying attention — you might just catch one of the most interesting urban interventions in quite a while.

--Sarah Douglas, ARTINFO


Baradaran wonders whether AR technology, which superimposes digital effects over photography, might be a viable medium for artists... The artist made his case last night-for a one-night event-with the performance/release of a manifesto on the subject, FutARism....

--Michael Slenske, Art in America


Firebrand scholar and activist, Amir Baradaran has added a third hat to his collection, that of visual artist and it’s one with many feathers… er, bristles. His canvases, bold with sweeping gesture, rich texture and fastidious detail, reveal a complex heritage and a promising future.

--Thomas Waugh, Concordia University





Exhibitions and Performances

2016-The {AR}t of Breaking Bread: Questioning Residencies, Commissioned, Poilane Artist Residency, France

2016-Facescapes: A Large-scale Interactive Public AR{t} Project, Commissioned, Multiple Locations, South Florida

2016-Augmented PraXis + Critical {AR}tifications, Commissioned, Communication Department and Writing and Rhetoric Program, Boulder, University of Colorado, CO

2016-Reframe Iran, collaborating artist for a multimedia documentary using 3D video immersion, recipient of Brown Institute’s Magic Award with Columbia School of Journalism and Stanford Engineering, forthcoming

2015- Man Na Manam: {AR}ticulations of the Self! Commissioned installation by Morgan Stanley, Selected Project for Opening of Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL

2015-Man Na Manam: {AR}ticulations of the Self! Communicating the Museum Global Conference, Archeology Museum of Istanbul, Turkey

2015-ArtExpo, Takeoff Revisited, Emerge Americas Conference, Miami Convention center, FL

2015-Augmented Art Show, curator, Augmented World Expo, Santa Clara, CA, forthcoming

2014-Culturunners Storytelling, group exhibition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Edge of Arabia, Crossway Foundation, Cambridge, MA

2014-Pushing Boundaries, group exhibition, @60”: The height of Art, Delano Hotel, Art Basel, Miami, FL

2014-Brides Magazine (Fall edition), Rafael Cennamo Couture Photography Campaign, New York

2014-Selfie-Centered, solo show, Private viewing, New York

2013-3D Printed Headpieces, Collaboration with Designer Rafael Cennamo, Fashion Fall Collection, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, New York

2013- Set Design Collaboration with Designer Rafael Cennamo, Fashion Show, Spring Collection, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, New York

2013-Limited Access Four: The Wandering islands, group show, Parking Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012-Marry Me to the End of Love, group show, Cité Internationale des Artistes, Paris, France

2012-Growing Panes, solo show, The British Museum, Art&Patronage, London, UK

2012-Marry Me to the End of Love, solo show, Subterranean Art House, Commissioned, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Berkeley, CA

2012-ARt Gala, group show, Augmented Reality Event (ARE), Santa Clara, CA

2012-OtherIs, group show, multiple locations, Tehran, Iran

2012-SamovAR & The Tempest in the Teahouse, solo show, Armory Arts Week, New York

2012- Set Design Collaboration with Designer Rafael Cennamo, Fashion Show, Fall Collection, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, New York

2011-Frenchising Mona Lisa, Augmented Reality infiltration installation, Louvre Museum, Paris

2011-The BuZZZ, group show, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, Pulse Art Basel, Miami, FL

2011-Unbound, International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), Basel, Switzerland (Winner of int’l video competition: Simple as Drinking Water)

2011-Facets of Figuration, group show, Rodman & Renshaw Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2011-Mantamed, group show, Manetamed Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011-ARt Gala Performance, solo show, Augmented Reality Event (ARE), Santa Clara, CA

2011-Contemporary Anniversary, group show, Benrimon Gallery, New York

2011-All City, group show, Broome Street Pop-up Art Gallery, New York

2011-Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, set design for Rafael Cennamo Couture fashion show, New York

2011-Venice Augmented, infiltration installation, Venice Biennale, Italy

2011-FutARism Manifesto Performance, solo show, Benrimon Gallery, New York

2010-WeARinMoMA, Augmented Reality installation, group show, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

2010-Transient, public-art installation, 6,300 NYC taxicabs video infiltration, viewed by 1.5M people, multiple locations, New York

2010-Voyeur, group show, Boulan, Miami Art Week, Florida

2010-Arts In Bushwick Augmented, group show, Beta Spaces, Brooklyn, NY

2010-The Other Artist is Present, guerilla infiltration performance during Marina Abramovic Retrospective, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

2009-Works from Beyond, group show, Peters Street Gallery, Atlanta

2008-Mayor's Artists of the Year, group show, City Hall, Montreal, Canada

2008-Beginings, group show, Besharat Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2008-Le Phare, group show, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

2008-Paints & Passions, group show, Ex-Centris, Montreal, Canada

2007-Poetic Quarrel, solo show, Michael Banks, Montreal, Canada



Print Reviews and Publications

-Stam, Robert, Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics, Oxford University Press (2015)

-Rahimi, Babak, Ed., Cultural Identity and Theatrical Performance, London and New York: I.B. Tauris Publishing, (Forthcoming)

-‪Wassom, Brian, Augmented Reality Law, Privacy, and Ethics: Law, Society, and Emerging AR Technologies‬, Syngress Publications (2015)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

-Rastovac, Heather, Performing Iranianness: The Choreographic Cartographies of Diasporic Iranian Dancers and Performance Artists (working title), PhD dissertation, UC Berkeley, TDPS (forthcoming)

-D’Urso, Sandra, “Reading Islamic Identity in Contemporary Islamic Art and Reconsidering the Secular Lens of Western Performance Praxis,” in Casey Embodying Transformation: Transcultural Performance, Ed. by Monash, Maryrose, University Publishing (2015)

-Gries, Laurie, Still Life with Rhetoric: A New Materialist Approach for Visual Rhetoric. Utah State University Press, forthcoming (2015)

-Vazquez, Neil, Artist Amir Baradaran Plans to Augment Miami’s Reality, New Times Miami (2015)

-Marcus, Sharon, "Celebrity 2.0: The Case of Marina Abramović," Public Culture 27, no. 1 (2015).

-Balme, Christopher, The Theatrical Public Sphere, Cambridge University Press (2014)

-Geroimenko, Vladimir (ed.) Augmented Reality Art: From an Emerging Technology to a Novel Creative Medium, Springer International Publishing Switzerland (2014)

-Bellido Grant, Luisa (ed.) Arte y museos del siglo XXI: entre los nuevos ámbitos y las inserciones tecnologicas, Accioncultura, Museos y Patrimonio, Editorial UOC (2013)

2008-with Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Lee, E. (eds.) The Color of Queer Health Care: Experiences of Multiple Oppression in the Lives of Queer People of Color In Canada. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société

2006-with Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Lee, E. (eds.) Intersections: Cultures, sexualités et genres. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société

2016-Le Grand Cahier, Translation from French into Persian of Agota Kristof’s novel,



Other Mentions (Online Press, Television, Radio & Public Forums)

2016-Concordia News, Concordia Grad Creating Art in the Big Apple, Valji, S.

2016-Reframe Iran, multimedia documentary survey of Iranian artists using 3D video immersion, recipient of Brown Institute’s Magic Award in collaboration with Columbia Journalism School and Stanford Engineering, forthcoming

2015-Radio Television Suisse-Le 12:30 (Switzerland), Amir Baradaran, L’artiste hacker, Van Cutsem, N, Vasarino, K.

2015-CoolHunting Magazine-Culture, Amir Baradaran’s Augmented Reality Experience, Graver, D.

2015-Fugues Magazine (Canada), Le Montréalais qui a «augmenté» la réalité du Louvre et du MOMA, Larochelle, S.

2015-Haberturk National Newspaper-Sunday Edition (Turkey), Amacım müzeyi ıslah etmekti, Birgen, D.

2014-American Society for Theatre Research Conference, What Performs, Avant-Garde, Otherwise, Diasporic Temporalities in the Performance Works of Amir Baradaran, paper presented by Rastovac, H., Baltimore, MD

2014-Dot429 Magazine, Artist Talks Technology, Marina Abramovic, and Defacing Mona Lisa, Hube, E. M.

2013-NY Daily News, Art Video Airs on New York City Taxicab Screens, Roberts, C.

2013-Joint Conference, Decentering Dance Studies, Dislocated Temporalities and Queer Intimacies: The Participatory Performances of Amir Baradaran, paper presented by Rastovac, H., Riverside, CA

2012-Jadaliyya Magazine, Aesthetic Politics: Iranian Performance and the Challenge of Modernity, Awad, A

2012-Berkshire Review (UK), Iranian Arts Now at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Devine, E.

2012-Euro News TV (France), le mag, L'art contemporain iranien s'expose à Paris

2012-Sothebys, Cultural Crossroads, Iranian Arts Now, Zand, R.

2011-Paper Magazine, Gallery Hop: Mona Lisa In A Hijab, Williams, C.

2011-RPP National News Channel (Peru), La Mona Lisa cobra vida y se viste con hiyab, Peru

2011-Tech Zulu, The Future Is Here Today, Wut, T.

2011-Times of India (The Crest Edition), Smart Art, Patkar, M.

2011-Art in America, Amir Baradaran Gives Tourists a Reason to Photograph Famous Art, Slenske, M.

2011-ARTNET, Amir Baradaran Veils the Mona Lisa

2011-Art21, The Artist is Prescient: Relational Aesthetics and AR, Gaskins, N.

2011-Border Hopping, Paris: another female voice overwhelmed by men

2011-El Mundo (Spain), La Gioconda en 'hiyab'

2010-ARTINFO, What’s Wrong With the TV in Your Taxi? It Just Might Be Art, Douglas, S. (2010)

2010-Forbes Magazine, The Rape of the Mona Lisa, Esman, A.

2010-Art Space (China), 出租车中的"影像艺术干预", 张鸿宾的艺术空间, Wen, Xin

2010-White Wall Magazine, Transient, Hoffman-Williamson, S.

2010-New York Observer, Videos of taxi Drivers hatnig You to Invade taxi TV, Duray, D.

2010-Art Threat, Video installation infiltrates 6000 NYC taxis, Maguire, R.

2010-La Stampa (Italy), A New York i taxi diventano il nuovo spazio artistico

2010-McGill News Magazine, Under Surveillance, Lepage, M.

2010-Animal New York, NYC Cab Video Artist Tells Us Why He’s Screening on Taxi TV, Galperina, M.

2010-KiptonART, The Other Artist is Present: An Interview with Amir Baradaran

2010-NY ART BEAT, The Other Artist is Present: Amir Baradaran at MoMA, Sarafa, F.

2010-ARTNET, Taxi Art From Amir Baradaran, Robinson, W.

2010-National Public Radio (NPR), A Moveable Gallery: Amir Baradaran Uses Taxi TV Screens for Art, Furlan, J.

2010-BBC TV (Persian), Interview with Amir Baradaran on Tamasha, Vaziri, K.



Lectures & Presentations

2016-The Creative Machine: Making great art through algorithms, big data, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing and more, Creative Technology Week—Art Hub, N.Y.

2016-Conversations with Technology Entrepreneurs, Department of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies, NYU

2016-How Augmented Reality Is an Art Form, Silicon Harlem, Creative Technology Week, Saint Francis College, N.Y.

2016-Augmented Realities & How Artificial Intelligence Is Slowly Becoming Less {AR}t-ificial!, TEDx Talk, Boca Raton, FL

2016-A Critical Praxis: Augmented Realities and Innovation, Boulder, University of Colorado, CO

2015- Performance and AR potentialities, Media and Performance Lab, Graduate Crossover Seminar, Utrecht University, Netherlands

2015-Augmented Potentialities: Re-Thinking Augmented Reality and Digitalised Vision in Relation to Installation {AR}t, Soho House Istanbul, Turkey

2015-City-AR(t) and Politics of Visibility, Soho Talks, Soho House, Miami Beach, FL

2015-Palimpsests in Making: Contemporary Augmentation, Instituto Buena Bista, Art Center, Curacao Island

2015-Augmenting The Augmentable, The Talk Series, Standard Hotel Group, Miami Beach, FL

2014-Sexualities In the Muslim Worlds, Gender Studies, Wellesley College, MA

2014-Representations of the Middle East in Performance and Popular Culture, University of California, Berkeley, CA

2014-Artist’s Talk on AR and Beyond, National Arts Club, ARNY, New York

2013-Sexuality In the Muslim and Arab Worlds, Women and Gender Studies, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

2012-The Possibilities of Augmented Reality in Art Making, University of California Berkeley Institute for Research in the Arts, Art Practice and Rhetoric, Center for the Humanities, Center for New Media, Center for Race and Gender, Arts Research Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, New Media Working Group, Program in Comparative Ethnic Studies, Program in Critical Theory, Berkeley, CA

2012-Challenges of Utilizing AR as a Medium, Augmented Reality Event (ARE), Santa Clara, CA

2012-Re-Traditioning the Verse: Poetry to Performance, ReOrient Forum, Z Space, San-Francisco, CA

2011-Representing the Middle East, NYU Graduate Seminar Guest Lecture, New York

2011-FutARism: The Possibilities of AR in Art Making, Augmented Reality Event (ARE), Santa Clara, CA

2011-Artist’s Talk on Augmented Reality, ARNY Columbia University, New York

2011-AR and Art, Mobile Cultures and Wireless Communications Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2011-The FutAR of Modern Art, Convergent Media, Pace University, New York

2007-Sexual Representation in Cinema: Queering Muslim Bodies, The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2006-Women and Development, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2006-Culture Shock: HIV/AIDS, Quebec Public Interest Research Group, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2005-Iranian Women after Twenty Years of Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS), University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

2005-Representing Muslim Bodies: Death Over "Here" and Over "There,” Researchers and Academics of Color in Canada for Equity (RACE), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

2005-Sexuality and the Diaspora, Second Generation Iranians Looking Inward: Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), University of Maryland

2005-Orientalism and Middle Eastern Desires, Ethics of Sexuality, School of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2004-Re-Orienting the Queer and Queering the Orient, 5th Biennial Conference: Iranian Cultural World as an "Other,” Critique Magazine: Critical Middle East Studies, Bethesda, Maryland

2003-Racism & Identity Formations, School of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2003-Resistance Against the Empire, Annual International Conference/Retreat, Alternatives, Montreal, Canada



Awards & Scholarships

2016- Creative Research (Honorary Appointment), Computer Science/User Interfaces Lab, Columbia University, USA

2016- Artist Residency Grant, Communication, Writing and Rhetoric Program, Boulder, University of Colorado, CO

2015-Canada Art Council Award, Visual Artist Project Grants, Canada

2015- Morgan Stanley Art Installation Commission for the opening of Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, USA

2012-Artist Residency Grant, Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Institute for Research in the Arts, Center for Race and Gender, Program in Critical Theory, University of California, Berkeley, CA

2011-Winner of First Prize: Future of Augmented Reality Artist Competition, International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR): Simple as Drinking Water

2008-Mayor's Artists of the Year List, City Hall of Montreal, Canada

2008-International Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Award, New York

2006-Ministry of Culture and Immigration, Diversity Awareness Grant through LGBTQ Egale Canada

2007-Academic Student Scholarship, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2006-Ministry of Education’s Mobility Scholarship, Field Research

2004-Academic Student Scholarship, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2003-Social Engagement Annual Award, Iranian Women’s Association, Montreal, Canada

1988-National Philosophy Essay Competition, Quebec

1995-National Science and Leisure Council, Expo-Sciences Competition, Quebec



Education

2004-Bachelor of Arts, International Development studies, McGill University, Montreal

2008-Master of Arts, Communications Studies, Concordia University, Montreal