Sahar Sajadieh (Media Arts & Technology, UCSB)
“How to Explain Pictures to a Live Paro” is an interactive durational performance artwork about gun control policies in the US, and the safety and security of students. It is an invitation to a conversation about these issues and a tribute to the students who have lost their lives in shooting incidents at schools. The artist will be performing with Paro, a robotic baby harp seal (a therapeutic robot), which is scientifically proven to be helpful in hospitals, elderly houses, and trauma therapy. Paro has come to help facilitate the interaction, communication, and healing through a dialogue that has been long postponed in our community.
Sahar Sajadieh is a media and performance artivist (artist/activist) and scholar. Sahar was a graduate fellow at IHC last year and is currently a PhD candidate in the Media Arts and Technology program at University of California, Santa Barbara. For Sahar, art practice is a means to explore and provoke dialogue about unspoken sociopolitical issues in our contemporary culture.
Sponsored by the Dept. of Media Arts & Technology and the IHC Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. #MAT