"Brevity is the soul of wit" - Hamlet
"Technology is a trickster and it has been so since the first culture hero taught the human tribe how to spin wool before he pulled over our eyes..."
- Erik Davis, TechGnosis
"Life is the sum of all your choices" - Albert Camus
Maziar Ghaderi is a Toronto-based multimedia designer, educator and director that works with visual media and interactive technology. With a background in multimedia production, his work is situated at the intersection of technology, the experiential and creative direction.
Maziar's work has been curated in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Kitchener, Halifax, Los Angeles, Boston, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the merit of his artistic practise and design research has been recognized by the MIT Media Lab (2016), International Symposium on Electronic Art (2014), The Creator's Project (2014 & 2015), Textbook, Crew Magazine, The Globe & Mail (2x, 2015), CBC Radio (2016), IxDA (2013) Toronto Life, The Georgia Straight (2011) and SIGGRAPH (2013). He has also presented at eLeo, Augmented Cinema Film Festival, Toronto Wearables Meetup, Changemakers, Subtle Technologies, Gladstone Hotel, Mesh, Intersections14, Shopify, SummerWorks Festival, Luminato Festival, HarbourFront Centre's HATCH festival, Sumahan Art Centre, The Fridge Dubai, Nuit Blanche (2015, 2016), Ontario Centre of Excellence and has co-authored several academic articles for design conferences.
With the direction of Marina Abramovic, Maziar was the media producer and on-site technical assistant for the 2013 Luminato Festival's MAI Prototype, and has directed and produced his original work, Dissolving Self for the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2014 (ISEA) held in Dubai.
Other notable projects include UX design research and prototyping for BRAVA (Brazilian Visual Analytics), a Boeing-funded international multidisciplinary collaboration that investigates how NUIs (Natural User Interfaces) and data visualization can enhance communication among health professionals in the management of "big data".
Maziar has also taught media production and conceptual development at OCAD University and Ryerson University, and holds a Diploma in Marketing Management, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from McGill University, a Bachelors in Media Studies and a Masters in Design.
In past lives, Maziar has filmed obscure shorts in Vancouver, cut limes in Montreal, sold phrasal verbs in Brazil and worn cotton diapers in Tehran.