Cross-Cultural Roots for Media Practice: Persianate & Islamicate Genologies

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Thursday, November 12, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020

Inspire your media art practice with non-Western history, art, science, and philosophy with media theorist Farshid Kazemi.

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Registration closes Nov 5, 4pm

6 hours total, over 3 sessions, online // $66, or $45 for members

** By donation for those facing reduced income due to COVID-19

Session 1: Thu Nov 12 7pm - 9pm

Session 2: Thu Nov 19, 7pm - 9pm

Session 3: Thu Nov 26, 7pm - 9pm

Listed times are Pacific Time


  • Suited for practicing media artists, curators, and writers who who seek cross-cultural inspiration and want to expand their idea and approach.
  • Participants must bring a project idea they are developing or reworking and that they wish to workshop in a group discussion format.
  • To join the workshop, download the free Zoom Desktop Client. Go to and click on the Download button under "Zoom Client for Meetings".

How do your questions, process, and aesthetics change if you re-imagine technology itself as having roots in, for example, Islamic culture? Chinese culture? Indigenous culture?

This discussion-based workshop is intended to enrich your creative process and approach to media art by drawing inspiration from the particular histories, arts, sciences, philosophies, and everyday practices of so-called non-western cultures, using a method Laura Marks of the Substantial Motion Network developed for identifying Islamic roots of media art.

Bring your project ideas to the group, and discuss ways to explore your work-in-progress through specific cultural lenses. You'll study examples, and revise your own project ideas based on the feedback you receive from the instructors and other participants. The instructor Farshid Kazemi will present examples from Persian and Islamic cultures. Between each session, you'll continue researching, editing, and refining your project for further feedback with the group.

Looking for more like this? Sign up for this same workshop led by Siying Duan to explore examples from Chinese cultures. It takes place weeks before this workshop:

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Farshid Kazemi is a postdoc fellow at the School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. His research interests combine an interdisciplinary and theoretical approach to Film and Media Studies/Film Theory, Iranian Studies, and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis on Iranian Cinema and Psychoanalysis. He has published several articles and book chapters on Iranian cinema, psychoanalytic film theory/feminist film theory, and Iranian and Islamic studies more broadly.

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