Foreign Objekt is an experimentation into the realm of possibility, to suspend the current state of things, in order to create a temporal involution that throws linear time out of joint. It is melting the metaphor for what ‘is’, reanimating it into an ambiguous and loosely defined state of dilation and slippage, which effectively demonstrates the possibilities inherent within that which is redefined through flux, until one not only reaches the nonexistent but "creates it". It is an exploration through catastrophe, cyber-chaos, fracture, and collapse, totally strange, hyper-chaotic, disintegrated and alien..
...An investigation into the future, with some questions: Can we imagine “the outside of thought” and is it outside the realm of language? How can we think about possible bodies—alien forms with different cognitive states? What is a Foreign Object? What is the collapse of consciousness? How do we experience events that cannot be scientifically measured—failed measurements? What does it mean to compute something uncomputable?
Foreign Objekt is a speculation on extra-science fiction, to go beyond the mega-narratives of modernity and capitalism--which have exhausted our imaginations for future narratives--by exploring the tension between possible worlds and what we take to be possible; the catastrophic, peculiar encounter with that which is fundamentally different. Not to explain how our reality can change, but to how a process can reach change, without a transformation of the same world. With a catastrophic pursuit—we are looking at fictional worlds, possible worlds, and science fictional worlds and their constructions, as a matter of investigation, with traceable or muted ingredients, and parts from our worlds.
Foreign Objekt, as an active practice of art and theory, includes :
Research Networks: An interactive space for the development of the work, communication between the Participating Artists and Scholars, , and providing outside resources. Networks of research collaborations are expanding between a spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and methods.
Exhibitions: New York, San Francisco and elsewhere…
In each exhibition we tap into the potentials of the specific city and exhibition space. Also, further developing the conversations between artists and art itself.
Publications: One of the main components of the exhibitions is to focus on research and conceptual frameworks. We will publish a physical book--and an online version--which will include the research, theoretical, fictional, philosophical writings and visuals produced by participating artists and thinkers.
San Francisco -CA
Creative Director & Curator
Sepideh Majidi is an architect, artist, and professor at the Academy of Art University.. She also lectures on digital studies, and new media theories. She is affiliated with SFSU, SjSU, The New Centre for Research and Practice, and Azad Tehran University Digital Earth, Ashkal Alwan. Her current research is related to transcendental aesthetics and cognitive science.
Art Historian and Critic originally from Los Angeles, now focuses on contemporary art and curating galleries and exhibitions around the Bay Area. Her research right now is focused on art theory and philosophy. She is inspired by Constantin Brancusi, Ettore Sottass, and Alberto Giacometti.
Shaum Mehra is an educator and award winning architect living and working in San Francisco, California. He teaches an undergraduate design studio at the Academy of Art University, and is the co-founder of Oblique City Architects.In his research, Shaum is focused on the issue of social and environmental stability of indigenous cultures, and their access to sustainable resources, both material and societal.
Comunication & Software Developer