Poseidon's Pull is a collaborative site specific initiative where Poseidon's Titan Mermen, a group of artist-engineers, artists, and film-makers, will drop/pour the star-points in the Poseidon constellation and track them as they drift through the Grecian seas. Each Merman brings his own strength and experience to the project from places around the globe.
MAX KAZEMZADEH: Max Kazemzadeh is an Associate Professor of Art & Media Technology at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, and is presently pursuing a Ph.D. with the Planetary Collegium at the University of Plymouth in the UK. Kazemzadeh uses a syncretic approach to investigate connections between art, technology, and consciousness within his research, experiments and interactive installations. His work over the last ten years focused on how constructed, semi-conscious interfaces influence human interaction. Within the last three years Kazemzadeh has exhibited in nine international group exhibitions and six solo exhibitions, has presenting and published six papers and one poster at international conferences, and gave artists talks at Dublin, Gijon, Madrid, Beijing, New York City, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Within the last year, Kazemzadeh presented a paper at the College Art Association Conference (CAA), represented “refarmthecity.org” at the Open Hardware Summit September 27th 2012 in NYC, and developed and exhibited a three computer-vision based social-networking installations “Jabbertalkey,” “Jabbersquawkey,” and “The Other Side of the Tracks” in the Submerge Festival, MCentral’s “Millenial Trains” Inaugural Weekend Exhibition, and at the No Kings and iStrategyLabs Social Networking Gathering at MalMaison in Washington, DC. During the summer, Kazemzadeh wired and exhibited an interactive networked Kinect-based installation performance in a cave/lake in Kefalonia, Greece with a group of collaborators in a project called “Reliving the Myth of Melissani,” invited by the Ionian Center for Art & Culture. That same summer, he also served as a technical assistant and mentor at Medialab-Prado’s Interactivos?’12 in Dublin, Ireland. Kazemzadeh also curated a regional electronic media exhibition sponsored by Washington Project for at Artisphere in Rosslyn, named “the DOLL Show: DIWO, OPNSRC, LHOOQ, LMFAO” with friend Jonah Brucker-Cohen, and juried a video art collection that resulted in a screening at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA and at the Philips Collection in Dupont Circle, DC, sponsored by Washington Project for the Arts. He curated an exhibition in collaboration with NASA with a talk by NASA’s lead Mars scientist at Gallaudet University, and serves as an honorary member of the Cultural Program of the National Academy of the Sciences DASERs (DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous). Some past exhibitions include the Microwave Festival (Hong Kong), the Boston CyberArts Festival, Medialab-Prado's Interactivos 08 (MexicoCity), Dashanzi International Art Festval (Beijing), and the Songzhuang Museum of Contemporary Art (China). Kazemzadeh organized the Texelectronica Conference '06, chaired a session at College Art Association-CAA '08, reviewed the Creative Capital Grant projects '08, juried an exhibition at SIGGRAPH '07, and gave annual workshops at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing since 2004. Additionally, Kazemzadeh founded the FUNCOLAB at Gallaudet University, an interdisciplinary center for research supported by Gallaudet's art, physics, and theater departments. Skinny Tuesdays is a monthly lecture series that he founded, inviting creative individuals from a range of fields, including art, technology, science, music, performance, etc. to share their creative processes in an open forum.
HAYTHAM NAWAR: (born in Gharbia, Egypt – 1978) is a visual artist who lives and works currently between Egypt, USA and Switzerland. Nawar's practice is interdisciplinary and incorporates the mediums of drawing, printmaking, light and sound installation, video and photography. He is a Research Affiliate in SVA School of Visual Art NYC, lecturer at the faculty of Applied Sciences and Arts at the German University in Cairo while collaborating with Arta Film Production in Zurich. He received a BA degree in Fine Arts with a major in printmaking, a master's degree in Fine Arts majoring in New Media from Cairo, Egypt and another master's degree in Advanced Study in Art and Technology from Zurich, Switzerland. Nawar is currently a PhD Candidate at The Planetary Collegium, Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts, School of Art and Media – Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth in England. He is also a member of the Syndicate of Plastic Arts in Egypt, the Cairo Atelier for artists and writers and the Associations Internationale des Critiques d'art (AICA), Paris, France. Since 1998, he has participated in several international exhibitions, biennales, triennials, and workshops. Nawar won awards and acquisitions: in Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Egypt, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Syria, UAE and United States.
REZA SAFAVI (CA): is an artist and educator currently living and working in the United States. His current research examines how the presence of technology in daily life shapes human experience: our perceptions, social behavior, economics, entertainment and the way we meet our basic needs. He uses video, sound, sculpture, analog and digital devices and elements of the natural world to create interactive experiences that highlight the interfaces, both macro and micro, among people, technology and the environment. He received an MFA in Digital Arts from the University of Oregon and a BFA from the University of Victoria, in Victoria, BC, Canada. Reza's work has recently been exhibited at Di-EGY Festival, Cairo, the 10th NW Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, WA, Printed Matter, NY, The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and last year was part of the Melissani Cave Project sponsored by the Ionian Center in Kefalonia, Greece. He is currently an assistant professor of fine arts in digital media at Washington State University.
JOE HICKS: Since 2001, Joe Hicks has been living in Washington DC where he moved after receiving a BA in Art from Shippensburg University in 2000. He enrolled at The George Washington University where he studied for three years earning his MFA in Ceramics in 2005. Joe Hicks currently maintains a studio for his own ceramic vessels and sculpture participating in ceramic and sculptural exhibitions on the regional and national level. He directs the ceramic program at Gallaudet University and is an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at The George Washington University.
ADNAN NASEEM: Documentary Film Maker My goal as an artist and producer is to observe, sense, create, integrate and promote bits of apparently dormant information into something plausible for the masses. I have been working on a documentary for last 5 years called Hybrid Diaries which involves in depth information about people on the move and their experiences. One of my specialties is capturing human emotions either through photography or motion picture. Having lived and navigated through the societies and job market environments of several different countries, I have come to realize that embracing a multicultural perspective while staying cognizant of one‘s own cultural perspective is key to social and economic survival in a global market. By the time I was twenty-three I had already had the experience of living in three countries and learning to speak three different languages to boot. These experiences broadened my understanding of the importance of having a diverse cultural outlook on things. I begin to develop a growing curiosity as far as what appealed to different groups of people from different walks of life and why. It wasn’t long before making a big career move would further add to my education on developing a more well rounded global perspective. I am truly passionate about gaining a greater insight into the philosophical basis and psychological implications of media and the impact it can have on the attitudes of various cultures and societies. It is truly fascinating to me how media and programming for that matter can affect peoples’ perception of themselves and the world they live in. I myself have been deeply influenced by having the opportunity to view the world from different cultural perspectives and seeing both the commonalities and differences between all the various cultural perspectives I have experienced firsthand.