Opening reception: Friday, September 13, 8pm
In Conversation: Mohammad Salemy and exhibiting artists, Saturday September 14, 2013, 4pm
Encyclonospace Iranica is a group exhibition showcasing the work of nine emerging Iranian artists developed in response to the contemporary Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani’s reconceptualization of the modern system of knowledge. The exhibition marks the first output of curator Mohammad Salemy’s multi-faceted research project, Tahghigh, which explores the emergence and widespread use of networked computers and their irreversible role in transforming the evolving relationship between art, technology and the process of knowledge production. The works in Encyclonospace Iranica are presented as a singular project: the institutionally imposed borders normally separating individual works of art in an exhibition space have been intentionally blurred. For this exhibition, Ali Ahadi, Abbas Akhavan, Sohrab Kashani, Gelare Khosgozaran, Tala Madani, Anahita Razmi, Raha Raissnia, and Nooshin Rostami each respond to the ‘digital turn’ in the humanities and sciences, and address the ways in which this shift must be accounted for and incorporated into an, inherently political, understanding of the contemporary theory of knowledge.Mohammad Salemy is a Vancouver-based independent curator from Iran. He has curated exhibitions for the Koerner Gallery, Satellite Gallery, AMS Gallery and Dadabase, and co-curated an exhbition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery. Salemy holds an MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia.