About the editors

About the editors:

Maryam Muliaee is a media artist-researcher based in Buffalo, NY. Her work is multidisciplinary, ranging from video/sound installations to experimental animations, xerography, and locative media. She is currently a PhD candidate in Department of Media Study at University at Buffalo, SUNY, where she has taught courses in video/sound production, as well as film and media studies. She has exhibited in 50-plus curated shows, juried festivals, and screening programs in London, Berlin, Tokyo, Seoul, Poznan, Warsaw, Florence, Brussels, Zagreb, Belgrade, Athens, Buenos Aires, New York, Buffalo, and Tehran, since 2007. Her current research/practice explores how media can engender fictional places and urban imaginaries through feminist tactics. Maryam’s recent publications include book chapters in anthologies (with Peter Lang and Bloomsbury Publishing) and in peer-reviewed journals such as Ekphrasis: The Journal of Images, Cinema, Theory, Media, specifically focused on media archaeology, failure and non-communication aesthetics in media studies and art practice. She is the recipient of the award from UB Gender Institute Dissertation Fellowship (2019-2020) for her doctoral project “Feminist Media Archaeologies as Counter-mappings”. Since 2016, Maryam has served as art director and animator of Buffalo Documentary Project. She is also the co-founder of Media-as-things, a collective (practice-as-research) project with a focus on themes such as noise, error and failure in the context of media archaeological art practice. Website: http://maryammuliaee.com 

Mani Mehrvarz is a filmmaker, media artist, curator, and a PhD candidate in Media Study at the University at Buffalo in a practice-led program that incorporates both technology and arts into theoretical research. He has taught courses in documentary, video art, and media theory at UB since 2015. Currently, he is the founding director at Buffalo Documentary Project, coordinator and filmmaker of UB Arts Collaboratory, and curator of Media-as-things Collective. His areas of research interest and art practice include database and archive, media archaeology, cultural techniques and post-history. His doctoral dissertation explores and frames technology of recording memory in terms of particular qualities such as materiality, temporality, and operation. Since 2013, Mehrvarz has worked on several media projects with a focus on the unstable processes of analog and digital media in the context of post-Kittlerian media studies. His art practice with the moving-image goes beyond the conventional linear storytelling towards various forms of data-based video, interactive documentary, and video mapping. His project “Private Nostalgia” (2014) has been featured and reviewed in various scholarly publications including Ewa Wojtowicz’s book, Art In Post-Media Culture (2016), as a creative example of data base cinema along with other contemporary projects such as Lev Manovich’s Soft Cinema. Mani’s recent book chapters (with Peter Lang and Bloomsbury Publishing) investigate the materiality of media and their inner process in depth within art practice. Moreover, exploring how art practice can embody and reveal the entanglement of materialities in analog and digital media, he has curated exhibitions such as “Make.Media.Matter” (2018) at UB Art Gallery, and “Media-as-Things” (2019) in El-Museo Gallery, presenting works that showcase the unseen material relations in media in creative ways. His media installations and documentary films have been exhibited and screened worldwide since 2006. Website: http://manimehrvarz.com