In Performance at shared studio on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014 at 06:00am/2pm:
PEGAH TABASSINEJAD AND CAITLIN MASLEY
Pegah Tabassinejad is an interdisciplinary artist with interests in directing experimental performances, net performances and interactive installations. She holds MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at Simon Fraser University and BA in Stage Directing from the Art University in Tehran. She also studied contemporary dance and choreography in Paris at Conservatoire de la Danse. Her research is mostly around the notion of ‘presence’ with focusing on Gilles Deleuze and Gilbert Simondon. Pegah believes that the boundaries between disparate forms of art are thin; they constantly interact, influence and impact each other. As a theatre artist, Pegah is heavily influenced by visual arts and is practicing to make her performances between these two disciplines. Influenced by this, she recently created a performance based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House that was a four-hour durational piece that does and does not happen on the stage. It explored the gap between the virtual and the real, and investigated the absence within the two worlds. She recently had a virtual installation named ‘Monitoring [Tehran]’ at TADAEX04 ( Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition) that had been installed for 12 days, questioning what is the real presence of Tehran dwellers. Pegah has also created several dance and theatre performances, including Charisma, which has been performed in Iran, Netherlands at Dancing on the Edge Festival and Canada at Push Festival/ Push Off.
Caitlin Masley's installations of wall drawings and hanging sculptural elements examine images of reconstructed forms of facades, abandoned topographies and a new mobile population's evolving global landscape. In the tradition of Daniel Liebeskind's Chora series, Lebbeus Woods' drawings and Greg Lynn's speculative animations, Masley's work takes one step further to create a physical construct that provokes a dialogue of moments between structure and audience. She holds a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Science in Design and Urban Ecology from Parsons/The New School. She is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Socrates Sculpture Park, a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, and the LMCC Swing Space Residency. Masley has been artist-in-residence in Austria, Germany, Quebec, Norway and Switzerland, as well as had exhibited at MoMA PS1, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, HVcc Foundation, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, and the HDLU Museum in Zagreb, Croatia, among others. She is also the founder of studioMAPstudioSWAP which is part of the Parsons/DESIS Lab/CSI Incubator program.