We The People, located at the Washington National Cathedral: Using her signature 3dCG style and figural vocabulary, Marjan Moghaddam creates a narrative chronometric sculpture that explores life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness in this Augmented Reality App. Working with her Spharen figure, which she has employed in numerous print and animation art pieces since 2009, Marjan explores the generational aspect of a life cycle as it rises, becomes self-aware and cognizant of its own historic footprint in extending and expanding the American ideal of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Each receding figure or generation is then replaced by a subsequent one. The Spharen figure is inspired by the contemporary philosophy of Peter Sloterdijk, and she considers the figure with its intricate network of spheres of varying diameters as representative of the multiplicity of society. “This is a concept that is very special to me as an immigrant to the United States and Naturalized US Citizen, and it has a lot of personal resonance for me. While life liberty and pursuit of happiness as an individual is one aspect of the intimate spheres that we inhabit, I also strongly believe that the “We the People” of the constitution and our societal embrace and propagation of this ideal is equally important. Spharen in this context is the union of our society. Both apps act as a pair, one is the autonomy of the individual and the other our communal bond which defines us as a nation.”
Autonomous, located at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building: Using her signature Glitched 3dCG style and figural vocabulary, Marjan Moghaddam creates a narrative chronometric sculpture that explores life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in this Augmented Reality App. The figure rises out of a small mass into a whole human, then after self-reflection and recognition of its own “being”, it celebrates life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as promised by the American Declaration of Independence. After this victorious moment, the figure ends its life cycle and is replaced by another, repeating the same cycle, as it alternates between a male and a female with each repetition. Various other deformations suggestive of various life experiences and changes, in addition to the colors of the American flag, cycle through the figure as additional artistic elements. The artist adds, “This is a concept that is very special to me as an immigrant to the United States and Naturalized US Citizen, and it has a lot of personal resonance for me. I specifically blended my own glitched style with art historical concepts of monumental and heroic sculpture in best representing this idea for all, as we continue to strive for the protection and perpetuation of this important democratic ideal.”
Marjan Moghaddam is pioneering and award-winning digital artist and animator who has been exhibiting her computer-generated art work in galleries, museums, and festivals since the 1980s. She works primarily with 3d Computer Graphics and was the featured artist for the launch of Dotcom Gallery and International Forum for the Digital Arts, the first New York City based, commercial, internet fine arts gallery in 1996, and has had her digital art exhibited at curated exhibits at the Armory Show and Art Basel, and as official selections of the Siggraph Computer animation festival and art gallery four times, including the “CG '03: 30 Years of Computer Art” international travelling exhibition. Ms. Moghaddam is the recipient of numerous grants and prizes for her digital art such as the Rockefeller Fund, Brooklyn Arts Council/NY Department of Cultural Affairs, and is hailed as a “Trailblazer in digital art world” by the Times Tribune and “The First Lady of Animated Painting” by The Examiner.
Ms. Moghaddam’s pioneering computer art is additionally held in private and institutional collections, and in 2015 she was the lead featured artist for the Philadelphia based, Panorama Imaging in the 21st Century city-wide festival.
Most recently, Marjan is one of the Winners of the 2017 International Digital Sculpture prize, for her #ArtHacked #Digitalbodies series on Instagram, which she started in 2016 in order to further define and democratize the virtual exhibition space. These Mixed Reality hacks have gone viral on the Internet with millions of views on major art channels on Facebook & Instagram such as Webby award-winning art channel, Nowness, and garnered tens of thousands of shares, while engaging in an important critical dialog about the art market. She is currently exhibiting an Augmented Reality animated sculpture in Ulm museum in Germany. Ms. Moghaddam is also a tenured, Full Professor of Computer Graphics and Animation at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. http://www.marjan.com