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Morehshin Allahyari – Material Speculation (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

February 11, 2016 - March 19, 2016

Trinity Square Video is pleased to present, Material Speculation, Morehshin Allahyari’s first solo exhibition in Canada. The exhibition is titled after her ambitious and widely anticipated series Material Speculation: ISIS, which we will be showing for the first time in its completed form. Also on view is Allahyari’s collaborative video with Daniel Rourke, The 3D Additivist Manifesto.

Material Speculation presents radical propositions for 3D Printing that inspect petropolitical and poetic relationships between 3D Printing, Plastic, Oil, Terrorism, and Technocapitalism. Allahyari addresses complex contemporary cultural and political dynamics the sophistication and nuance it deserves, weaving multiple dynamics together for a holistic image of contemporary relations with objecthood and ideology. The exhibition addresses the precarity of material and digital artifacts, the location of authenticity, the transformative potential of additive production, the malleability of cultural icons, the geo-politics, collective trauma from the loss of non-human bodies, emotional investment in abstract and specific objects, the ethical and political dimensions of new technologies, and archival practices in both historical and contemporary contexts.

More information on Material Speculation: ISIS

Material Speculation: ISIS is a digital fabrication and 3D printing project focused on the reconstruction of selected (original) artifacts (statues from the Roman period city of Hatra and Assyrian artifacts from Nineveh) that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015. Material Speculation: ISIS presents a practical and theoretical proposition for the preservation of artifacts while also proposing 3D printing technology as a tool both for resistance and documentation. It intends to use 3D printing as a process for repairing history and memory.

Material Speculation: ISIS, goes beyond metaphoric gestures and digital and material forms of the artifacts by including a flash drive and a memory card inside the body of each 3D printed objects which contains information, maps, and images gathered about the artifacts. Like Time Capsules, each object is sealed and kept for future civilizations.


February 11, 2016
March 19, 2016
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