Third Space App

2022, Calgary, Canada

Exploring relationships between the body and transitional spaces-heterotopias

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"Third Space" is an ongoing research-creation that investigates the lived bodily experiences of two different contexts -my hometown Tehran and now Calgary- during the immigration process. Investigating the body as a medium to transfer data into different fields and a means of conceptual revelation helped me reassess my perception of more complex experiences of in-between space and transitional phases in my life. This body of work uses site-specificity and new technology-augmented reality- as the main methods to analyze the factors of the site and the bodily experiences. The interaction between real and virtual elements in augmented reality offers an ideal context to simulate more complex environments and analyze the emerging relationships, such as my actual existence in the new context and my virtual presence in my hometown and passing through different phases between the two. Mixed environments merge both real and virtual realms into a new space, form a single experience, and offer a high level of sensorial engagement, abstraction, and additional layers of information that enrich the user's experience.

"Third Space" app attempts to represent the lived bodily experiences through the immigration process. This trilogy works by scanning three images. Each image connects the viewer to a different virtual element. The three stages are:

-No one, Nowhere: This stage focuses on showing the contrasts between the bodily experiences of two different contexts.

-Everyone, In-between: This stage focuses on the process of adaptation and blending with the new environment.

-The few, Borderland: This stage focuses on depicting the struggles over a longer period and with broader terms such as national belonging.

 Locating this work in a skywalk (Calgary +15 tunnels) also emphasizes the concept of liminal/transitional spaces that are made for passage. This interactive piece asks the users to take a moment and linger for a while to see the other dimensions of this tunnel and explore different layers of the concept.

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The duet

2021, Calgary, Canada

Exploring relationships between the body, non-place, and heterotopias

This work represents research about the body's relationship to complex environments such as non-places, heterotopias, and in-between spaces. This duet is an attempt to represent the theoretical framework and the interplay between two concepts that have been processed parallel in the previous semesters (floating bodies and wrapped bodies). Using Mixed environment and site-specific performance as a method of analysis has led the outcomes of this work to a multi-dimensional project, focusing on redefining the body's relationship to complex environments. The choreography of this work responds to the body's lived experience in the context of Canada and Iran.   The exhibition's format, including the live performance and stage design, responds to the theoretical ideas directly-space/places the artist lived and experienced. Performing live for the final exhibition not only highlights the relationship between the space/place but also expands the outcomes of this research by creating a third space (representation of heterotopias and non-places) and leaving an open space for the audience's imaginations.

 

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Floating Bodies App

2021, Calgary, Canada

Exploring relationships between the body and physical/conceptual space

In this project, concept of Floating Bodies is developed in the A.R. platform to answer the research questions. This concept mainly responds to the body's perception and navigation of physical/conceptual space without considering any limitations in the context and environment. This project's primary focus is programming a floating body in space and studying users' interaction with it in different locations. The Floating bodies app, designed for IOS mobile phones, represents how the body and space interact and showcases the inner forces between them. With this app, users can experience qualities of physical space that are hidden or underappreciated. The creation of the artworks, which are a series of interdisciplinary experiences in performance art, photography, and Augmented reality app, responds to the body's various ways to inhabit, perceive, and navigate physical and cultural spaces/places in the context of Canada.

 

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