Ali Momeni Opening Friday 11.09.2012


YOU ARE INVITED TO THE OPENING OF 

ANIMAL WARMTH (60S EDITION)

ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 
5:30 – 8:00 pm Free Public Opening
7:00 pm            The Artist Talks: Ali Momeni in the Main Gallery 
also on view 
Procession: Song for the Underground Railroad 
an installation by Johnny Coleman in the Euclid Avenue and The Platform Galleries  
 
 

Ali Momeni, self described “builder, composer, and performer,” has been creating Animal Warmth, a serial artwork with arrangements of carbon filament light bulbs and computer generated sound, for several years. With only timed movements of light and sound emanating from the bulbs the artist transforms manufactured, non-living objects into lively, space animating, and audience pleasing beings. Videos of Animal Warmth (#28)
(2008) at the Almost Cinema Festival of 2008 at Vooruit in Gent, Belgium can be seen by right clicking on the image below.
 
about the artist 
Ali Momeni is a builder, composer, and performer interested in the poetics of gesture, effect, and timing. His work makes use of all manners of technology to explore the social lives of objects and their embedded performative qualities. His creative output ranges from kinetic sculptures and sound installations, to urban interventions and music theater performance. Momeni was born in Isfahan, Iran, and emigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He studied physics and music at Swarthmore College, completing his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation, and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley. He spent three years in Paris where he collaborated with performers and researchers from La Kitchen, IRCAM, Sony CSL and CIRM. 

Between 2007 and 2011, Momeni was an assistant professorship in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed theSpark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and founded the urban projection collective called the MAW. Momeni currently teaches in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and oversees CMU ArtFab.

In spring 2013, The Sculpture Center will be showing Ali Momeni and collaborator Robin Meier’s The Tragedy of the Commons, an exhibition with Atta ants.

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