Open Screen 2022 Artist Discussion: Rebecca Edwards in conversation with Natalee Decker, MH Sarkis and Milad Forouzandeh
MH Sarkis (b. 1990) is a London-based mixed new media artist who is a 2021 graduate of the Goldsmiths Masters of Fine Art Programme and recipient of the 2021 Almacantar prize. Sarkis’s work has appeared in more than a dozen solo and group exhibitions across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Her art has been featured in the Saatchi Art Contemporary Surrealists collection, and appeared in the 2018 Shape Open showcase.
Through a blend of traditional mediums, CGI, film, responsive robotics, and machine learning, MH Sarkis’s work seeks to explore female experience, relational dynamics, and applications of soft power within frameworks of potential posthumanisms and techno-protopias. Her latest projects, such as PΛNΛCΞΛ, exemplify these concerns while highlighting the importance of interactivity to her creative process – the works are not only physically shaped and re-arranged in real time based on audience responses, these interactions and their data serve to inform Sarkis’s future creations, as well, creating a sort of “genetic memory” that expresses itself in each new piece.
Milad Forouzandeh ( M i l a d . j p g ) was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran. He graduated in 2012 with a BA in visual communications from Shiraz Art Institute of Higher Education, with an approach in digital and new media art, where he also acted as a teachers’ assistant. In 2010, he won the title of top young Iranian visual artist. His works have been nominated and selected in biennales and events in Shangyuan Art Museum, Tate Britain, MUNCH Museum, Hard Disk Museum, 30 Seconds Museum Tokyo, The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, NODE Forum for Digital Arts, CADAF contemporary and digital art fair, Art Dubai 2021 and etc. In 2014, Miald founded the “Dar-Al-Hokoomeh Project” with Mohsen Hazrati, an independent new media art project based in Shiraz with a vision to create a community dedicated to emerging artistic practices, workshops, talks, presentations, and exhibitions. In 2016, Milad began lecturing as an assistant professor in his alma mater, teaching Digital Arts courses. In 2017, Milad was invited as one of the guest speakers on the “Mollasadra St” episode of TEDx video series.