Your Night/My Day
Your Night/My Day Exhibition at UNT on the Square
Main Sponsor: The Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute
In conjunction with the UNT International Peace Conference (The Middle East: A New Era?)
March 20th – April 3rd
Opening Reception: Friday, March 22 12-1:30pm
Your Night/My Day is an ongoing online and digital intercultural collaborative art project between artists in Iran and the U.S which began in the Fall of 2010. It was curated by Morehshin Allahyari and Eden Ünlüata to excavate the process of cultural exchange- or lack thereof - between Iran and the United States. The works generated through this project highlight the dysfunctional nature of cultural exchange between these two cultures. The project employs digital media to create an intercultural dialogue and exhibition.
In Your Night/My Day, the process of art making is based on a series of invitations from the curators, called Inspiration Notes featuring topics that are commonly referenced in discussions about culture. These topics include: tea and coffee, games, shoes, hands, fruits, stickers, fortune telling/future telling, private and public shared lives, time, modern media - TV/Internet and visiting.
Through the Inspiration Notes, teams in each country write instructions in their native language for the opposite team to perform and document. However, before the opposite team receives the instructions, they are sent electronically through an artist/editor from Turkey who puts them through Google Translate (Farsi>Turkish>English / English>Turkish>Farsi) and edits them as she sees fit. The translated works then follow the same path back with the Turkish artist editing the artwork at will.
Using this multi-part series, we are not only deciphering and depicting the nature of the dysfunctional dialogue between Iranian and American cultures, but through art, we are seeking to find paths that may lead to a better understanding between the two cultures.
For more information on this project please see:
For the example of a previous project please see: http://irusart.org/
Curators: Morehshin Allahyari and Eden Unluata
Participating Artists: Andrew Blanton, Negin Ehtesabian, Zeren Göktan, Patrick Lichty, Vana Nabipour, Allie Pohl