Graduate Student Talk: Ardalan SadeghiKivi

April 13, 2023
Event Types
Talk / Lecture
MIT Community
Video still with a blue background and text that reads "Spotlight on Residential" and a woman wearing a white blazer and blue hair in the center with her hands together.

Communication, 2021 (still). 4K video, color, sound, 30 min. Image courtesy the artist and Deli Gallery, New York.

MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Wiesner Building (Building E15), Cambridge, MA 02139
Day & Time
Free, but registration required.

Ardalan SadeghiKivi

Join Ardalan SadeghiKivi from MIT's School of Architecture + Planning for a discussion around List Center exhibition, Lex Brown: Carnelian

In this talk, Ardalan will present sentient conspiracies he creates through computational interfaces resulting in mutated objects and readymades. He will discuss how he performs clairvoyance and manifests phantom presences to communicate the underlying cosmologies that inform how we imagine our contemporary relationship with technical reality.

This will be a hybrid event with a live video that can be streamed here at 5:30 PM. 

About the Speaker

Ardalan SadeghiKivi is an Iranian artist, designer, writer, and programmer graduating from MIT with a Master's in Architecture. His work embodies magical thinking and contemporary scientific inquiry prevailing between the material and immaterial as he performs clairvoyance, manifests phantom presences, and impresses them onto artifacts through computational interfaces. During his time at MIT, SadeghiKivi operated as a computational linguistics researcher at the Trope Tank, a research group in the Comparative Media Studies (CMS) department, where he worked on developing a system called Curveship for automatic narrative variation. Furthermore, he co-edited Before|After, the 50th volume of MIT Architecture's peer-reviewed journal Thresholds, published by MIT Press. And while participating in several group shows, he exhibited two solo shows, TAKWIN and QUIESCE, at MIT Wiesner Art Gallery and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, respectively.

Graduate Student Talks

MIT graduate students explore current exhibitions at the List Center through the lens of their own research, background, and interests. Join us for this interdisciplinary lecture series where we dive into how art and research are overlapping on MIT’s campus.