2nd year student
I am interested in studying ontological change that we experience when we use online visual communication technologies such as video messaging applications (Instagram, Dubsmash, snapchat, Skype, Imo, etc). My main question is how video messaging applications change our experience of time and space, our environmental perception and our relationship to each other. In very interdisciplinary way, I focus on the role of video messaging application in creating and recreating social identities in Iranian society and Iranian immigrants who live in US. I especially focus on video-posting opportunities in Iranian social media, from ordinary people such as LGBTQ profiles to online makeup artists, net artists and Instagram based celebrities. I analyze how Instagram and other new creative apps such as Dubsmash work as new visual platforms which promote new lifestyles in Iran, give artistic experience and economic benefits to new storytellers, shape collective thoughts, and create a new space for visual expression of unrepresentative bodies beyond social and political taboos.
I also study formal innovations and socio-political consequence of new aesthetics in Digital Cinema, especially the use of portable digital cameras such as the handycam and cellphone in Iranian new wave cinema, films made by Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi. Some of my other interests are spatial theory, geology of cinema , political economy of the internet, social media and mass collective thoughts, video art and experimental nonfiction film, improvisation in cellphone cinema, socio-political consequences of new aesthetic in vanguard films, history of art in the Middle East, Iranian cinema studies, Persian new poem, sexuality in old Persian poetry, social inequality, working class based intellectuality, masculinity in working class immigrants, LGBTQ culture and art, Gilles Deleuze, and Félix Guattari philosophy, French cinema and literature, and Eastern Europe cinema.