EDUCATION

2019 : LLCER of persian
(INALCO, Paris)

2016 : BA in fine art
(HEAD, Genève)


COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2020 : A Mind full of things
curated by Marianne Ghorayeb
and Florent Bozo (centre 14, Vevey)

2020 : Dessins à desseins, Fondation Francine de La Crétaz
invited by Simon Paccaud
(Espace Arlaud Lausanne)

2020 : COVID, Valentin 61 (Instagram), currated by Marie-Christine Gailloud-Matthieu during lockdown, Lausanne

2017 : La Universidad desconocida,
curated by Valentina d’Avenia 
(Standard Deluxe, Lausanne)

2017 : Dix / Zehn / Dieci
(épisode 4) : Immersion

currated by Yann Chateigné
(Live In Your Head, Geneva)

2016 : Rifugi,
curated by Nicolò Latini 
(Le Cabanon, Lausanne)

2015 : 16ème Nuit des Musée,
invited by Simon Paccaud
(Musée Jenisch, Vevey)

2015 : Dessins à desseins,
currated by Marie-Christine Gailloud Matthieu for Francine de la Crétaz foundation (Espace Arlaud, Lausanne)

2015 : TacTicTalks
curated by Katarina Homan
and Christoph Keller
(HEAD, Strahler Raum
für Fotographie, Berlin)

2014 : Happy Birthday Party
curated by Chloé Curci
(Galerie Arnaud Deschin, Marseille)

2014 : Multiple Solo Rats Show,
currated by Marie-Christine
Gailloud Matthieu
(Valentin 61, Lausanne)

2014 : Qu’en dira-t-on?
an exhibition by Collective Rats
under the protection of M.Sow Dembo
 
(22 rue Muller, Paris)

2014 : Trap me like an animal in the Zoo
currated by Zooscope
(St-Martin, Lausanne)

2013 : Manuel #3 - Final
curated by Chloé Curci, Hélène Garcia and Alice Guittard with RATS collective 
(6B, Paris)


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 : TAZ,
curated by Lisa Bonard
(Intervention MICRO ART SPACE, Lausanne)

2013 : Point de départ et variations
(RATS collective, Vevey)


PERFORMANCES

2020 : Epigénétique,
live electronic music -
w/Constance Camus-Govoroff (FR), Pipirilab (Douanes de Paris)

2017 : En-ménagement,
a mixed media performance
on the notion of hosting, 
invited by Adina Secretan 
(Mama Helvetica, Far festival, Nyon)

2016 : Le Roi et l’Oiseau,
live electronic music -
w/Simon Paccaud (CH),
Benjamin Fanni (FR),
Charlotte Rocchi (CH) &
Thomas Koenig (CH)
(Cancres, Les Mouettes,
collectif RATS project space, Vevey)

2014 : Furniture Skin,
in collaboration w/ Manon Krüttli
(Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival)

2013 : Riso Rap,
live concrete music recording -
invited by Rodynam collectifve for
HOTJAM exhibition
(Les Urbaines festival, 17th edition, Lausanne)


RESIDENCIES

2017 : Standard Deluxe (Lausanne)

2017 : Les Mouettes (Vevey)

2015 : Espace St-Martin (Lausanne)

2015 : French Institut of Beyrouth (Lebanon)

2014 : 22 rue Muller (Paris)

2013 : El Teatro (Tunis)

2013 : 6B (Paris)

2012 : Collectif Rats
studio
(Vevey)



PUBLICATIONS

2020 : Ce qui me retenait,
collaboration w/ Constance Camus-Govoroff (FR),
artist book, self-published
(Paris, Vevey, Lausanne)

2016 : Simultaneous relationships, collaboration w/ Julien Fischer
artist book, self-published
(Head, Geneva, Vevey )

2015 : Furniture Skin,
artist book, self-published
(Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, Lausanne)

2015 : Dessins à Dessein, Fondation Francine de la Crétaz, exhibition Catalogue (Espace Arlaud, Lausanne)


LECTURES & PANNELS

2017: Forum des espaces possibles
invited by Où êtes vous tout.e.x? collective
(Lausanne)

2013: Ecole des beaux-arts d’Annecy
w/ RATS collective
(Annecy, France)



TEACHING

2013: Ceci n’est pas un workshop
(titre non-definitif)

workshop on sound and image
relationship inside digital plateformes
in collaboration w/Thomas Koenig


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It’s always a difficult task to introduce oneself since it implies for one to know who one is.

We are not the same person we were yesterday and at the same time we have always been the same person who is saying «i». Even if the details and parameters of this «i» are changing while beeing in a constant motion, the person who is saying «I» stays the same.

If someone’s voice was recorded two years ago and the same person is asked today if they were the one who got their voice recorded, this person can not state that this fact is wrong.

This shows that we are at the same time absolutely one, unique, undividable and yet in change, in motion, in a constant transformation state, a dynamic unity. During these two years, the person who got their voice recorded has passed through numerous events of their life. The physical body of this person has changed, every day, every minute, every second, cells have died and new cells hare born, food was eaten and dirt was evacuated, a landscape was seen and the same landscape disapeared, kilometers were walked and faces were smiled at, parfumes were smelled and hands have touched. nothing happened twice the same way, everything has died and everything was born again, every moment has gone but happened for ever. If we could acces to the entire datas of our memories, we would see that all the sounds we produced, every object we touched, every direction we looked to, everywhere we walked, has been recorded, that those oc- curances can not be erased from time and space, that the relation between the motion of the planets and the exis- tence of matter has sealed our path through life forever.

Most commonly, when we want to know something or someone, our first need is to locate the object of our quest in order to attain a co-existencial level of being which allows us to start the process of knowledge absorbtion through our external and internal senses. When we want to know someone for instence, we need to be with this per- son inside a physical space to look, hear, smell, touch, feel, estimate, imagine, meditate and memorize to get to build an idea of who might be this person in terms of the physical and mental characteristics that this person might show us and our cognitive capacity to create an abstract synthethis of this person out of what we are witnessing. thus the process of knowing is impossible without a preliminary geographical orientation phenome- non that we need to activate.

Geographical orientation as any type of action in the material world relies on space and time dimensions. one needs a physical space wether abstract or not and a given moment within the motion mecanism of the planets to start any action. Thus, geographical orientation of an object implies a time and space localisation action in order to fix the coordinates of the desired researched target. one of the basic rules of the cosmos recorded in western hard science in the xxth century with einstein, is that everything inside the cosmos is dividable. Even the most tiny single atome can be scratched. then logically, our physical body can also be divided : we lose hair, we cut nails, we may loose a piece of our flesh, unfortunately. But even when we get to loose a piece of our physical body we remain ourselves. if blood stops circulating in your right foot and you stop feeling it, still, you stay the same person but with a diminished motor ability. If you loose the use of your voice for some reason, your ipseity, your proper identity stays the same. You can not talk for some days but still, you are who you are. In other words while every single atome inside the infinity of the cosmos can be divided, you stay undividable, absolutly unique. This also means that only something that is dividable can be traced and located. Materialists would say that our consciousness is inside our brain and that when the brain stops functioning, ultimately our conscious- ness stops its activity and dies. But as a great iranian soufi master named jalal od din mohammad balkhi rûmi said in the xiiith century, even if you open someone’s skull and analyse their brain, you would not reach their inner selves. If our consciousness is inside our brain then we should be able to see it as we can see a single atome with a microscope. Other scientists would argue that an intended progress in technology would make possible the download of a human cousiousness inside a computer. artificial intelligence is based on algorythms and probabilities, data bases connected to fast processors. And even if many computers can today analyse our behaviours and draw patterns out of it to predict what choice we will probably make within the next hour, and send us annoying messages, they can not be who we are. A computer can take your job but it can not take your identity. The computer can not replace you, a computer can not survive you unless it becomes a sad, cold and pale unhuman avatar. This places us in front of an important issue: if we choose to know ourselves, if we want to know who we are, we first need to geographicaly locate what we call our mind, our cousciousness, our spirit, our soul or our intellect. Also, if our ipseity our true identity can not be divided and that only what can be divided in the cosmos has the characteristic of being locatable on a orientation table, then it means that our consciousness doesn’t belong to the cosmos. Our intellect, due to its unique essence, is living out of time and space. Our soul is not to be located on any geographical map. No compass can help you to naviguate in the ocean of your intellect. You can draw maps, create tools and reminders, write and read books, use all your senses with a rigorous methodology all your life to try to build your intellect, you would never be able to know who you are, untill you reach the position of your spirit.

We all know that our physical body has a place of origin, that the encounter between our father’s and mother’s chromosoms created a third being that took the shape of a growing foetus that once was the astrolab of our cous- ciouness that lived for the first time with our first heart beat. We know the geographical coordinates of our physical creation as being inside the uterus of our mothers. our physical being is the result of a aesthetical experience between a male and a female. But what do we know about our intellectual and spiritual birth? every existing thing has an origin which is the condition of it’s possibility. If we know that our physical body didn’t exist and that it came to the material world through the process of reproduction, how can we know the place of origin of our mind? which map can lead us over the « qâf mountain » ? which sherpa will show us the way and the technics to go through the dangerous inner valleys of our ego, without falling down and getting our heart robbed?

Either we refuse to think about our true identity and its location and spend our entire life in a denial of who we truly are, or we decide to tie our laces and start looking for the awaken bouddha within us.

Mazyar Zarnadar, 24th of may 2020, 1th of Chawwal 1441, 4th of Khordad 1399, vevey, switzerland, europe, north hemisphere, planet earth, The Solar System, Orion Arm, The Milky Way, Local Group, Virgo Cluster, Virgo Su- per-Cluster, Universe.



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