By archiving and facilitating projects related to new media arts, organizing talks and workshops, publications and events such as presentations, symposiums, and exhibitions, New Media Society acts as a hub and mediator for several emerging project spaces across the country. Discovering, archiving, and preserving the artworks generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media as well as publication and knowledge production are our key tasks to provide the most needed platform for the ever-growing scene of new media in Iran. Description (what, who, when, and where?)
NMS is a platform for researching and promoting new media arts in Iran. NMS’s approach is as inclusive as possible to maximize the outreach to incorporate and initiate cooperation with existing infrastructures and resources inside the country as well as the network of artists and professionals in the diaspora.
NMS wishes to promote interdisciplinarity and create a context for practices that stand at the intersections between art, science, and technology, geared towards video, art, sound art, and new media. It also aims to bridge the gap between new media artists and their potential enthusiastic audiences.
NMS is designed to create an open-source archive of new media and a study room/meeting place for artists, researchers, and scholars residing abroad. By creating such a space, it provides them the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise with students and artists living inside the country.
Due to the absence of academic opportunities and the lack of educational infrastructure in Iran in the field, there is an increasing number of artists moving out, mostly to western countries, to study or work and in many cases to reside. In such circumstances, NMS provides a platform that incorporates and links the intellectual resources for Iranian artists living all around the world.
We look forward to supporting in different areas, such as design and promotion, building an audience as an online/offline hub for new media society, artistic and education programs–inviting a team of experts to design the structure and guidelines for the archive, and articulate their findings through an online bilingual portal.
We also have created a project room which is a multi-purpose venue for producing cultural outputs, social awareness, and public engagements within the society. Furthermore, our rotating screening programs and workshops in collaboration with local initiatives help artists and audiences living in small cities to engage and participate without the need of coming to the capital, Tehran.