Ali Momeni

Ali 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 and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies in UC Berkeley. He spent three years in Paris where he collaborated with performers and researchers from La Kitchen, IRCAM, Sony CSL and CIRM. He is interested in computation and gestural interaction in the arts, technologically mediated social interaction, urban interventions, and musical theater performance. He currently holds an assistant professorship in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directs the Spark Festival and founded the MAW.

Session: Models and Methodologies for Participatory Urban Projection Intervention

During the last three years, Momeni and his mobile projection collective MAW have performed over 400 "outings" throughout the country and abroad. By and large, these projection interventions have involved large scale outdoor projections, mobility, large scales, real-time media, gestural interactions and participatory theater.  During this lecture, Momeni will share a theoretical analysis of the means and the ends of participatory mobile projection, in order to investigate the political, theatrical, and poetic potentialities of this highly interdisciplinary practice.