About The Editors

Maryam Muliaee is a media artist-researcher based in Buffalo, New York. She is the co-founder and editor of MAST. Her work is multidisciplinary, ranging from video/sound installation to experimental animation, xerography, and locative media. She is currently a PhD candidate in Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, where she has taught courses in video/sound production, as well as film and media theory seminars since 2015. Her interest in media archaeology has informed her recent publications including book chapters and articles on failure and non-communication aesthetics in media art (with Peter Lang and Bloomsbury Publishing, as well as peer-reviewed journals such as Ekphrasis). She is the recipient of a Dissertation Fellowship award from the UB Gender Institute (2019-2020) for her doctoral project “Feminist Media Archaeologies as Counter-mappings.” Since 2016, Maryam has served as researcher, art director and animator of the Buffalo Documentary Project. She is also the co-founder of Media-as-things, a collective art and research project focused on media archaeology, error, noise and artistic modes of recycling, repurposing and appropriating obsolete media. Website: http://maryammuliaee.com


Mani Mehrvarz is a filmmaker, media artist, and one of the co-founding editor of MAST. He has been teaching courses in documentary, video art, and media theory at the University at Buffalo since 2015, while pursuing his PhD in the practice-based program in Media Study. Currently, he is the founding director of the Buffalo Documentary Project, the creative director of the UB Arts Collaboratory, and the curator of Media-as-things Collective. Mehrvarz’s current research explores technologies of magnetic memory in the contexts of both media archaeology and object philosophy. Since 2013, Mehrvarz has worked on several media art projects with a focus on the unstable processes of analog and digital media informed by post-Kittlerian media theories. His art practice with the moving-image goes beyond the conventional linear storytelling and explores various forms of database cinema, interactive documentary, and video mapping. His media installations and documentary films have been exhibited or screened worldwide since 2006. Website: http://manimehrvarz.com