Following a lot of discussion and planning with Behnaz, we've arranged for live models - and for a selection of her designs - in a dedicated space at Luminary: Expanded on Nov. 4. The Gods and Monsters Room will be devoted from 7 - 9 PM to a tableau vivant. This living sculpture will be assembled in an art-directed environment. Hanging screens provide additional imagery. Sound design (in real time) by Jonathan Crawford.
At the end of this two-hour showcase, Behnaz will speak briefly about her process and her passion for making this innovative work.
Behnaz Farahi is exploring the potential of interactive environments, and their relationship to the human body, through the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and the built environment by following morphology and behavior principles inspired by natural systems. Application areas include architecture, fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in physical computing, sensor technologies, additive manufacturing and robotic fabrication technologies. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Ars Electronica, Linz and Context Art Miami, and has been featured in several magazines and online websites including WIRED, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Frame Magazine, and many more. Farahi has won several awards including Innovation By Design Linda Tischler Award, World Technology Award (WTN) and is the recipient of the BASA and Madworkshop Grants and the Rock Hudson Fellowship.
Farahi has worked with leading firms such as Autodesk, Fuksas Studio, and 3DSystems / will-i-am. She has also collaborated with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA funded research projects developing a robotic fabrication technology to 3D print structures on the Moon and Mars. She has been an Artist in Residence at Autodesk Pier 9.
Currently she is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has a Bachelor’s and two Masters degrees in Architecture.