"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

For the 2013 Luminato Festival in Toronto I was lucky enough to work with the famed international performance aristist, Marina Abramovic. To learn more about her work watch her interview with James Franco.

She said some nice things about me. Here's a snippet of her letter:

"Maziar professionally directed, recorded, and produced these media assets [of the MAI Prototype Installation], while proactively offering both on-site troubleshooting and creative input... Maziar's creativity and technical proficiency made him a valuable asset to my team and a pleasure to work with."

Marina Abramovic,
Performance Artist

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In that same year, I also had the privledge to work under the direction of Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, Order of Ontario, RCA for the BRAVA (Brazilian Visual Analytics) initiative as a design researcher and UX designer. BRAVA is an international multidisciplinary collaboration that investigates how NUIs (Natural User Interfaces) and data visualization can enhance communication among health professionals in the management of large quantities of resident care data. Dr. Diamond had this to say:

"Maziar’s interpersonal skills, cultural awareness, strong work ethic and resiliency helped the collaboration to take on whatever was needed to meet the project goals — including the translation of the client’s records from Portuguese to English. During brainstorming sessions, Maziar keen analytical ability brought about the right questions for both the design team as well as for management. This helped to prioritize the features of each design proposal and evaluated the degree to which they fit the needs of the end user."

Dr. Sara Diamond,
President and Vice-Chancellor, Order of Ontario, RCA