This blog site contains posts relating to the work, activity, and interests of Max Kazemzadeh, who is presently an Associate Professor of Art & Media Design in the Art Program within the Art, Communications & Theater Department at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Bio for Max Kazemzadeh:

Max Kazemzadeh is an Associate Professor of Art & Media Technology at Gallaudet University (university serving the international deaf community), who uses a syncretic approach to investigate connections between art, technology, & consciousness through experiments & interactive installations. Kazemzadeh is pursuing a Ph.D. with the Planetary Collegium at the University of Plymouth in the UK. His work over the last ten years focused on how constructed, semi-conscious interfaces influence human interaction. Kazemzadeh has exhibited internationally, given performances, served on panels, curated exhibitions, organized conferences, given hardware/software workshops, received grants, wrote articles and presented papers in the area of electronic and emergent media art. Some exhibitions include the Microwave Festival (Hong Kong), the Boston CyberArts Festival, Medialab-Prado’s Interactivos 08 (MexicoCity), Dashanzi International Art Festval (Beijing), Songzhuang Museum of Contemporary Art (China), frequently collaborates with refarmthecity.org in Spain, and most recently exhibited an interactive cell-phone and human-tracking kinect-based audio visual performance with a group of collaborators to re-live the myth of Melissani in the Melissani Cave Lake in Kefalonia, Greece this past August ’12.
Kazemzadeh also 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. 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. Along with his friend Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Kazemzadeh recently curated the Washington Project for the Arts’ Experimental Media 2012 exhibition in Washington, DC, exhibited at the Di-Egy Fest in Egypt in March 2013, and just finished a project with a group of collaborators that will travel from Washington State University Museum of Art in Pullman to Kefalonia, Greece and then Cairo, Egypt for a string of exhibitions.

You may contact him at maxkazemzadeh@gmail.com

2 Responses to About

  1. ken Rinaldo says:

    Thanks for linking to my site: Here is the latest:








    Description of project.

    The Autotelematic Spider Bots 2006, is a new artificial life robotic installation. It consists of 10 spider-like sculptures that interact with the public in real-time and self-modify their behaviors, based on their interaction with the viewer, themselves, their environment and their food source.

    The robots see participants in the installation with long distance ultrasonic eyes at the end of the springy neck. Shorter distance infrared eyes allow the robots to see and avoid each other as well as avoid walls and humans in the space. The infrared eyes also allow the robots to find their food source, which is a recharge station. One behavior of many allows the robots to wiggle their necks in unison in a distributed fashion. The group communicates with each other through Bluetooth and infrared, which allows them to coordinate their activity as they self modify themselves and the group to interact with the public. They stay equidistant from each other and the walls in the spider ring with pulse coded infrared eyes, which come from small aluminum tubes placed at the midsection of the spider bots.

    The robots talk to each other and the interacting public with audible chirping sounds. One of the robots has a mini video camera and transmitters to project what they see to the wall of the installation.

    The robots find their food source through random foraging in the installation looking for a 1 hz infrared beacon that sits under the recharge rail. This infrared beacon in association with digital compasses permit the spider bots to learn the location of the food source (recharging station) and share this with the other bots. – Digital pheromones (a digital version of ant pheromones) can be passed from any one robot to the rest of the group if the

    The spider bots talk to each other and the viewer with piezo speakers, which emit twittering sounds somewhere between a cricket and a bird.

    These robots are born and built by other robots in a rapid protyping plastic at Laser Reprodutions in Ohio and are powered by the Parallax BS2P with left right hemisphere approach to parallel processing and the processor brains are also built by robots at Parallax. In June in Sao Paulo they will get their energetics from the sun with an array of solar panels on the roof of the Itau Cultural.

    The Auto telematic Spider Bots installation is an artificial life chimera; a robotic spider, eating and finding its food like an ant, seeing like a bat with the voice of an electronic twittering bird.

    They will, we hope answer a longstanding question about the emergence of an autonomous series of robots acting like ants in being able to structurally couple with their environment in feeding themselves through intercommunication.

  2. Tiana says:

    Dear Max,
    Your mom called me the other day to inform me about the wonderful project you are involved in: Texelectronica. I weas thrilled to hear about it and will make sure to let as many people know about it as possible…
    I have a Jewelry Trunk Show this coming week, so i will be extremely busy — but I will make it a point to come to the Friday opening at and/or…Let me know what other events you recomend — also, later on I would like to talk to you more extensively about the whole subject,
    Wishing you great success and all the best,

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