New Genres Art Space is pleased to announce their new exhibition: Milad Mozari: The Language of Movement on view from March 14 through May 22, 2020.
Consisting of photography, video, and sound, Milad Mozari’s project Language of Movement features the artist’s interpretation of Beijing opera performer Ghaffar Pourazar’s life as an Iranian immigrant, to a UK-based animation professor, and ultimately key figure in Beijing Opera as the Monkey King (Sun Wuking). Using Pourazar’s 30 year archive as his primary resource, Mozari enlivens this personal journey of the performer by utilizing computer vision, animation, and immersive sound as tools with which to reveal intersections between Beijing Opera and technology. Furthermore, by rediscovering Pouazar’s movements through digital, sometimes surveillance inspired processes, Mozari creates a parallel narrative of the performer’s life. Much of Mozari’s research and experiments accumulate towards his next film project around the life of Pourazar as a performer.
In this exhibition, Mozari will display Pouazar’s physical photos from Iran and China along with videos of Pouazar’s performance of Fight in the Dark and development as the Monkey King character that Mozari processed through artificial intelligence software. For Mozari, these actual and interpretative sources “question the parallel between the historical and contemporary of the Sino-Persian”, or China-Iran dynamic. Mozari continues in saying, “Language of Movement is Ghaffar’s story, my interpretation, and how the audience moves through it.”
THIS EXHIBITION IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM THE ROCKFORD AREA ARTS COUNCIL.
On display March 14 - May 22 | NGAS regular hours: Thursdays 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m.
Directions: Nordlof Center – 118 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west 6.5 miles on Business 20, which becomes one-way as Jefferson St., to Wyman (first street after the bridge over Rock River). Turn left (south) on Wyman to Mulberry. From I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main). North on IL 2 to the downtown area. (S. Main becomes Wyman, one-way north). Park in lots at Wyman and Mulberry.