Art And Culture

Digital Art Exhibition at Mohsen Gallery

A poster of TADAEX 2016A poster of TADAEX 2016
"People can come with their project ideas, we have a group of mentors who can advise them and host pop-up workshops whenever there is a need for it"

The 6th Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition (TADAEX) will be held September 23-29 at Mohsen Gallery. Thirty digital artists from Iran and Germany, Brazil, Austria, Poland and Japan are participating in TADAEX 2016, ISNA reported.

The exhibition is a platform for exchange of views between artists and enthusiasts. It was founded in 2011 with the aim of opening new horizons for digital arts in Iran and has sought to create an independent atmosphere for enthusiasts and researchers in the field.

For the past five years, TADAEX has invited international artists to engage and interact with Iranian artists, hoping to create an environment for sharing universal ideas and experiences through digital media. This has paved the way for the development and enrichment of Iranian digital art, its production and presentation.

The interactive and interdisciplinary nature of digital art, give it a unique chance of expression. Compared to other art media, the available capabilities of digital art are unprecedented in terms of magnitude and capacity.

  Sideline Workshops

TADAEX also features educational workshops, expert lectures and multimedia performances in connection with international festivals, communities and institutions in the related fields. The event strives to establish a professional and open place for all artists, experts, students and enthusiasts of digital art and encourage professional exchanges between them.

"In the future, TADAEX will feature even more diversified conceptual digital art pieces," Ali Panahi, Tehran-based media artist, director and co-organizer of TADAEX, had said earlier in a speech at Ars Electronica Festival 2016 in Linz, Austria.

Accordingly, there is a need for a platform to teach and nurture creative coding skills, a role that TADAEX fulfils by hosting workshops for programming in various visual and textual environments. Other workshops on the sidelines of the event are about the platforms that enable creation of stunning real-time projects and rich user experiences. Game development tools and techniques of 3D printing are among the other topics covered at the workshops.

Most Iranian artists at TADAEX or those who are pushing digital arts forward are self-taught pioneers in their field. One of them is Amir Bastan who studied fine arts and started collaborating with vvvv (a hybrid visual/textual live-programming environment) a few years ago. A participant in the first exchange program between TADAEX and NODE Forum for Digital Arts in Frankfurt, Germany, he is now developing his own generative visual works and installations.

  Open Lab

Bastan is also responsible for TADAEX workshops which will take place in the form of a five-day open lab this year. “People can come with their project ideas, we have a group of mentors who can advise them and host pop-up workshops whenever there is a need for it. In the end, there will be a show of finished projects and concepts that evolved during the week,” Bastan said.

At this year's TADAEX, Bastan presents his 'Bridged Particles'. It is data visualization, using recordings of the sensors attached to the artist's body while sleeping. The recording is repeated three nights, one of which is 3D printed along with a timeline.  

Artist and 3D print expert Ashkan Qadimkhani, a key member of nullsight technology-driven art lab based in Tehran, will serve as a mentor at the exhibition to help find solutions for hardware problems and for advice in mechanics. He will also run a 3D printing workshop on the sidelines of the event.  The venue is No 42, Eastern Mina Blvd, Forouzan Street, Zafar Street.