*brevity is the soul of wit
**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...
Maziar Ghaderi is a Toronto-based multimedia designer, teacher 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, Halifax, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the merit of his artistic practise and design research has been recognized by the International Symposium on Electronic Art (2014), The Creator's Project (2014 & 2015), Textbook, Crew Magazine, The Globe & Mail (2x, 2015), IxDA (2013) and SIGGRAPH (2013). He has also presented at eLeo, Augmented Cinema Film Festival, Toronto Wearables Meetup, Mesh, Intersections14, Shopify, SummerWorks Festival, Luminato Festival, HarbourFront Centre's HATCH festival, Sumahan Art Centre, The Fridge Dubai, Nuit Blanche (2015), Ontario Centre of Excellence and has co-authored several academic articles for design conferences.
Under 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 is also a sessional instructor at OCADU 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.
Upcoming project(s) include:
- "Detroit 2311: A Requiem For That Which Once Was"
A series of love songs for the ghosts of Motown trapped in computers. Voice-activated graphics, live vocalist and dead musical accompaniment (Subtle Technologies Festival, Gladstone Hotel, May 13th 2015).
- "Kommunity Korsi"
A community art installation of a traditional Iranian Korsi made in partnership with Syrian refugees (Nuit Blanche 2016).