"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
"Shut Him Down: The Jordan Peterson Story" (working title)
feature-length documentary, 2019
“The Refugee’s Son”
short-length documentary, 2019
(in production, funding pending)
Logline: An Iranian refugee flies in to Toronto to witness his son’s (filmmaker) community installation for an all-night arts festival in Toronto. The process is a reminder of their shared history, but it surfaces frustrations rooted in their inadvertent yet sharply contrasted cultural differences.
feature film, 2020
(in development, funding pending)
Longline: reality and the virtual blur as a successful new media artist prepares to meet an unexpected guest at the most ambitious installation of his career yet.
Funded by The Ontario Arts Council
UUMMAJUQ is a Canadian collective formed by Inuit throat singer and poet Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt and Iranian-Canadian new media artist Maziar Ghaderi. The purpose of the collective is to explore the artistic synthesis between emerging technologies, and traditional Inuit knowledge around well being, expressed through song and modern forms of storytelling.
We posit that vibration-sensing technology and the subsequent visualizations generated from the human voice in real-time hold the potential to extend the artistic expression of a performer.
UUMMAJUQ is an Inuktitut term to describe something/someone as “Alive”, and the chosen title of our project. Its artistic merit is rooted in Maziar’s expertise and interest in technologically-augmented “performative play” combined with Kathleen’s talents in sound creation and storytelling.