more info and visuals of the Graz launch

The participating artists of under.ctrl are Nooshin Farhid (Iran/the UK), Hristina Ivanoska (Macedonia) Effie - Amir (Israel/Belgium), Zhou Hongxiang (China), Ran Slavin (Israel), Anabala (Turkey), Sala Manca (Israel), Ligna (Germany), Erhan Muratoglu (Turkey), Michael Zinganel (Austria), Pragmatic Sanction (Austria), Vuk Cosic (Slovenia), Nicole Pruckermayr - IOhannes zmölnig (Austria), Yane Calovski (Macedonia), FOS (Denmark) and Igor Stromajer - Brane Zorman (Slovenia).

Participating artists of the loosing.ctrl screening programme are Yael Bartana (Israel), Erhan Muratoglu (Turkey), Ruti Sela - Maayan Amir (Israel), Can Turkinan - Özlem Sulak (Turkey), and Hatice Guleryuz (Turkey).

The panelists are Andreas Leo Findeisen (Austria), Marina Grzinic (Slovenia). The moderators are Emre Erkal, Erhan Muratoglu and Basak Senova of NOMAD (Turkey).

formats: video works, installations, documentaries, screening programme [loosing.ctrl], live performances [Ran Slavin (Israel), Sala Manca (Israel), Anabala (Turkey)], presentation [Ligna (Germany)], and panel.

audio-video streaming, hosted by (Ales Zemene)

Stadtpark 1
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Nooshin Farhid (Iran/United Kingdom)

Nooshin Farhid was born in Tehran, Iran and came to the UK as a political refugee. Her experience of being outside the dominant culture, particularly in relation to language, is the root of her observations. This ‘view from the outside’ often leads to absurd situations, obsessive behaviour and the breakdown in communications, the smooth flow of the narrative becomes fragmented and disjointed.

She won a Cultural Diversity award at SPACE at The Triangle, London 2003-4. And her recent exhibitions include: ‘Use this kind of Sky’, Keith Talent Gallery and Redux Projects, London. (This project is co curated by Nooshin Farhid and Paul Eachus for different venues in London including Resonance Radio and Camden Art Centre, 2005-6) 'To be continued’, co-curated by The British Council and Helsinki Photographer’s Gallery for the Helsinki Photography Festival at MUU Gallery Finland 2005. 'In the Shadow of Fallen Heroes' 2nd Bishkek International Contemporary Art Exhibition Kyrgyzstan 2005, Australian Film and Video Festival of the Middle East and its diaspora. Sydney Opera House, Sydney 2006.


Blind Spot, 2004

"Blind Spot is a two monitor installation work in which one monitor operates around a central theme whilst on the edge of our peripheral vision is the second monitor which shows the constant image of the aftermath of a violent event. The piece explores the contemporary subject of surveillance, all the symbols of power and control, authority and technology are in place yet gradually and overwhelmingly this situation is undermined, the stability of things gives way to a sense of anxiety and instability. The passivity of the rural landscape is replaced by the suggestion of a counter narrative., one in which the dominance of privileged authority is in the process of being dismantled. Interwoven throughout the piece is the constant shifting between the seriousness of a documentary style and the humorous banality in the image manipulation, this very deliberate structuring re-enforces the critical stance of Blind Spot".

text by Paul Eachus