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Material and Visual Experiments

I’ve been experimenting with material and visual approaches since early July, starting first in a shared studio with long-time friend and colleague Haleh Niazmand in Oakland, and continuing in Los Angeles, California where I’m occupying my brother’s dining room, balcony

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Encounters in the Encuentro

I attended the Hemispheric Institute‘s 2014 Encuentro at Concordia University in Montreal (June 21-28). I had applied to present a Passages performance there, but my proposal was not accepted. Among the program‘s performances and presentations there were only 3 presenters

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Proposal to A Space Gallery

Submitted May 21, 2014 PASSAGES Gita Hashemi Proposal to A Space Gallery Passages is a multi-platform work (performance, video, web) that draws from travelogues and memoirs written during 17th, 18th and 19th centuries by travelers from the “East,” focused mostly

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Present version of the proposal

Currently in development, Passages is a multi-platform body of work that draws from real and imagined travelogues written during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries by Persianate travelers. Contact between the Persianate world (ethno-culturally diverse societies in south, west and

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No Summerworks

Yeap. Sadly, the project was not selected for Summerworks Live Arts series. I now have to start a new search for a venue. Definitely open to suggestions.

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I’m grateful to Canada Council for the Arts for support through visual arts program. The news just came, not a minute too soon.

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Notes toward performance methodology

In thinking about embodiment and my live art methodology, I’ve been trying to go beyond simplistic conceptualizations of actor, performer, character and toward a complex, unpredictable encounter between myself and my collaborator(s) as we embody spirits of the past with

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Proposal for Summerworks Live Arts Series

“I had traveled there for sightseeing but alas I became the spectacle myself.” [From Shegarf-namehye velayat, travelogue by Etesam-eddin Jonpouri, 1767] That reversal and the curiosity and desire that animate it are at the core of my project. The work

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Project Update

I was recently awarded a grant for Passages by Toronto Arts Council. This allows me time for research in historical texts, material experiments and developing participatory, performative and collaborative processes. I have applied for production funding to the Canada Council

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