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‘The Green Room'
Anna Engelhardt & Bahar Noorizadeh
Curated by Reem Shadid

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The Green Room is an exhibition and public engagement project curated by Reem Shadid. Developed in part during her residency at V.O Curations, the project invites artists Anna Engelhardt and Bahar Noorizadeh to share questions and insights around the deep interdependent entanglement of the digital world with our material one, namely by exploring digital platforms, websites, infrastructures and networks. Through their respective (art)works - Circuits of Truths (C.T) by Engelhardt and Weird Economies (W.E), a project initiated by Noorizadeh - this project considers the back-end infrastructure of digital platforms as a set of ambiguous relations rather than cables, wires, and servers.

Conceived as a hybrid back-end space, C.T and W.E come together through spatial interventions as well as a public programme, comprising conversations and workshops. WE and CT meet at three central nodes that will guide spatial and conceptual engagement: ownership, verification and surveillance.

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Anna Engelhardt is a Russian media artist and writer whose research-based practice explores post-Soviet infrastructures as a form of politics. Comprising texts, videos, websites, and digital platforms, her investigations take on multiple forms of media and distribution as they develop over time. Her project Circuits of Truth (2021) explores cyberwar from the perspective of user verification, and was commissioned by GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. Produced using deepfake technology, her video essay Adversarial Infrastructure (2020) investigates the colonial violence of the Russian Crimean Bridge, and was shown at Ars Electronica, 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Vancouver International Film Festival and Kyiv Biennial. Anna's writings have been published in Mute Magazine, Strelka Magazine, Journal of Visual Culture, and the European Review.

Bahar Noorizadeh is a filmmaker, writer, and platform designer. She works on the reformulation of hegemonic time narratives as they collapse in the face of speculation: philosophical, financial, legal, futural, etc. Noorizadeh is the founder of Weird Economies, an online art platform that traces economic imaginaries extraordinary to financial arrangements of our time. Her work has appeared at the German Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennial 2021, Tate Modern Artists’ Cinema Program, Transmediale Festival, DIS Art platform, Berlinale Forum Expanded, and Geneva Biennale of Moving Images among others. She is pursuing her work as a PhD candidate in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London where she holds a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

Reem Shadid is a curator, researcher and cultural organizer who works on the emancipatory possibilities within artistic practice, exploring the ways it intersects with ecological, political and socio-economic forms. She is the producer and host of Radio Alhara’s show Listening with Reem Shadid; monthly listening sessions with artists, researchers and curators working at the intersection of sonic, visual and literary productions. She is also a contributing editor at Infrasonica, a digital platform of non-western cultures. Previously, she was the Deputy Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, where she served in various capacities, focusing mainly on organising and producing the Sharjah Biennial between 2006-2020.

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