This May, YBCA invites artist Arash Fayez—officially known as Faeiz—to explore personal and historical notions of (Muslim) migrations using the Live Practice platform. In his lecture-performance piece 1438, Fayez will carry out the second chapter of his ongoing investigation into the psychoanalytic dimensions of displacement. The artist will transform YBCA into a campsite to reflect on the circumstances of conflict and crisis raised by displaced communities. The evening is broken into two phases, beginning with a lecture from 5–6PM in YBCA’s Screening Room, followed by a series of live situations. Moving between discursive and physical spaces, Faeiz considers the relationship between place and the displaced.
Opening: Friday, April 21 6—9 pm
Performance around 7:30 pm
On view until end of June, 2017
Concatenation, Conjunction, Connection*, a multimedia visual experience created by artist Arash Fayez (officially known as Faeiz) that interacts with viewers through a union of video, installation and performance. Recognized for his interdisciplinary creative practice, Faeiz constructs a synergistic visual narrative incorporating projected media footage and objects that speak to the cacophonous world we occupy – a world rife with perpetual concepts of displacement, fragmentation and distraction. His work is characterized by a non-linear, non-narrative practice, encouraging the autonomous interpretation and free association of the viewer.
In collaboration with La práctica participants and Arash Fayez (officially known as Faeiz), a series of unplanned events is imagined at Casa del Sargento with “no beginning or end.” During this night, the audience is encouraged to move away from the traditional role of passive spectator to become an active player on stage. This stage is not (only) a display to observe and interact with—it is itself a site to experience. The event is laid out as a set of unknown conditions where events unfold following their own rhythm; not choreographed, with performative and speculative interventions to create a paradigm of physical involvement.
[All day, at indistinct times]
On January 15, Fayez will stage a reenactment from Bande à part (Band of Outsiders, 1964) by Jean-Luc Godard—also echoed in The Dreamers (2003) by Bernardo Bertolucci—of scenes where the characters attempt to break the world record for running in the Louvre museum.
[All day, continuously]
On January 14, Fayez will reenact a key part of Bicyclerān (The Cyclist, 1987) by Mohsen Makhmalbāf. In tribute to the film's protagonist Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran who rides a bicycle continuously for a week to raise money for his gravely ill wife, the artist will bike in circles without stopping until he can no longer physically perform
I Never Learned the Title of the Song I Always Sing is a group exhibition featuring a selection of artists from Minnesota Street Project’s Studio Program. Featuring work by Beth Abrahamson, Miguel Arzabe, Brittany Atkinson, Binta Ayofemi, Rachelle Bussières, James Chronister, Arash Fayez, Tom Loughlin, Chris Lux, Phillip Maisel, Sean McFarland, Masako Miyazaki and Chris Sollars.
The exhibition is curated by Brion Nuda Rosch, Director of the Studio Program.
with Kota Ezawa, Minji Sohn, Anne McGuire, Cliff Hengst and Arash Fayez
This performance/exhibition action reimagines the work of Korean video art pioneer and Fluxus key figure Nam June Paik through interpretations of his work by Bay Area artists Kota Ezawa, Minji Sohn, Anne McGuire, Cliff Hengst and Arash Fayez.
In the name of the media, what saturates our contemporary life is violently intensified and magnified by the evolving technologies. Overwhelmingly yet numbingly, we are urged to embrace the new possibilities of experience, the value of which we take for granted so frivolously. What issues, emerging now or before, are urgent enough to critically address by artists? And what questions, concerning now or future, are relevant enough to emphatically formulate?
Featuring artists from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds, this screening event showcases the works that display artists’ strong concerns over and through media, examining the specific issues that are revealed, dodged and created in today’s media environment. Their efforts, instead of settling the audience into any firmly framed media discourse, should only encourage us to question and explore our positions in the vast universe of mediated realities.
Participant artists: Hiba Ali, Jennifer Chan, Constant Dullaart, Arash Fayez, Oliver Laric, Kevin B. Lee, Peter Lee, Weiyi Li, Zhangbolong Liu, Jonathan Perez
Video Art Group Exhibition
Curated by Hamed Dehqan
Mehraneh Atashi | Arash Fayez | Anahita Hekmat | Gelare Khoshgozaran | Sanaz Mazinani | Shirin Sabahi
نمایشگاه گروهی ویدیو آرت
کیوریتور : حامد دهقان
مهرانه آتشی، آرش فایض، آناهیتا حکمت، گالره خوش گذران، ساناز مزینانی، شیرین صباحی
افتتاحیه: جمعه ۳۰ بهمن - ساعت ۱۶ تا ۲۱
نمایشگاه تا چهارشنبه ۵ اسفند ادامه دارد
ساعت بازدید در روزهای نمایش ۱۶ تا ۲۰
Asia Contemporary Art Week collaborates with Performa 15 to celebrate the Biennial’s 10th year of distinguished programming with a special extension of ACAW's signature forum FIELD MEETING: Thinking Performance, on lecture-performance as a medium. Introduced by Performa Curator-at-Large, Defne Ayas and led by ACAW Director Leeza Ahmady, and Performa Curator Adrienne Edwards, the panel discussion includes artists Arash Fayez, Yan Xing, Liu Ding, Ming Wong, Lantian Xie, and curators Natasha Ginwala, and Xiaoyu Weng.
The evening is moderated by Performa Curator at Large and Director and Curator of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Defne Ayas.
"Field Meeting Take 3: Thinking Performance" an exclusive art forum staging performances, talks and discussions with over 30 keynote figures. Continuing Field Meeting's unique approach in providing an open platform for direct interaction between artists and audience, Thinking Performance foregrounds the multiplicity and critical role of performance work coming out of the context of Asia. In relationship to activism, ethics, body, tradition, writing and collective experience, Thinking Performance focuses on individual artists’ current practices while taking into consideration their dynamic relationship with historical discourses and social and political conditions. More importantly in the realm of this expanding field, Thinking Performance invites broader, more nuanced interpretations of performance work and fresh understandings of performativity in artistic production at large. Speakers include the New York Times Critic Holland Cotter and Director of the Witte de With Center Defne Ayas, among others.
Directions by: Sita Bhaumik, Jose Figueroa, Arash Fayez
directions given – directions taken invites 24 people to design instructions or parameters for the creation of new artworks. Each participant writes a prompt and receives a prompt, to be interpreted and enacted at one of six evening performances. The series creates a daisy chain of directions given and directions taken, with the first person to issue instructions returning on the final evening to read or perform those of another participant, thereby closing the circle.
directions given – directions taken is instigated by Michael Swaine. Based on Jim Melchert’s techniques for generating work and inspired by a Bay Area community of makers and thinkers, the project follows a lineage of instructional artwork from artists like Allan Kaprow, Yoko Ono and Sol LeWitt. All the directions will be published online and in a printed volume at the end of the cycle.
Participants include Binta Ayofemi, Paul Benney, Sita Bhaumik, Brandon Brown, Kevin Chen, Ishan Clemenco, Brett Cook, Sofía Córdova, Stephanie Ellis, Arash Fayez, Bean Gilsdorf, Vernon Keeve, Jim Melchert, Christian Nagler, Yasi Pereira, Kate Rhoades, Mike Shoun, Laetitia Sonami, Heather Smith, Anne Walsh, Jenifer Wofford, Sherri Lynn Wood and artists from Southern Exposure's Mentorship Program.