ArtLab

What is this? An umbrella site for Ali Hossaini's projects.
Why is it here? To describe my installations, exhibitions and performances.
Find out more bio & cv | wikipedia

press

// New York Times review of Ouroboros
// Art Experience interview, Part 1: Socialization of Art
// Art Experience interview, Part 2: Collaborations
// New York Times review of Oceanic Verses
// Washington Post review of Oceanic Verses
// XXXX Magazine (video interview)
// Cool Hunting
// KDVR Denver
// DINCA Experimental Film Journal
// flavorpill
// Reality Sandwich
// Tree Hugger

projects


Neurodiversity
Hemispheric video


Neurodiversity: The Autism Project will help ordinary people understand what it's like to be autistic through immersive video domes. Autism affects millions of individuals, but the "neurotypical" struggle to comprehend it. Although autism is diagnosed through behavior, I am convinced much of the syndrome has a sensory basis.

Autistic people see, hear, touch and smell the world differently, and these differences affect every facet of their lives. By immersing people in an environment based on first person accounts, my installation will give direct experience of the varieties of autistic perception, shedding light on the source of Austism Spectrum Disorder.

// my autism wiki
// find out more
// progress reports





Oceanic Verses
Live opera with multichannel video, 2011 / in collaboration with Paola Prestini

Kennedy Center, River to River Festival & the Barbican Centre


// project brief
// fimmene dance
// location study 6
// location study 8
// storyboard
// video triptych
// development film



Ouroboros
Immersive 3D video, 2010

Ise Cultural Foundation, Museum of Outdoor Art, La Napoule Art Foundation


The history of the universe told through 3D animations that unfold in an immersive holographic space.
Created in collaboration with SWEATSHOPPE. Curated by Koan Jeffrey Baysa.

// see more
// artistic statement
// installation shots





Epiphany
Immersive video, 2008

Mediations Biennale


A journey through the afterlife presented as visual & musical poetry.
Shot in Greenland, Iceland, France and USA. A collaboration with composer Paola Prestini and librettist Niloufar Talebi.

// see more




4Monkeys
Immersive video, 2008


Custom software generates a swirling panoply of letters that coat
walls with secret meaning. // see more





Philogenesis
Theater, 2008


Short surreal plays bring concepts of philosophy to life. Developed at the
Water Mill Center for the Arts. // see more






Memory Begins
Two-channel video, 2010


Videos are projected on opposite walls, one flush and the other skewed
as if falling forward. The conception is non-verbal: direct perceptions
of a lost summer tinctured with bittersweet impressions that precede the
coalescence of memory from experience.

// installation photo
// installation schematic
// video sample




LAB HD
Broadcast television, 2004 - 2006


A TV channel and collaborative artwork broadcast across the USA. // play LAB
LAB produced the Robert Wilson Video Portraits, which are now a traveling exhibit. // see voom portraits




Baghdad Transcendental
Process printing & charcoal, 2009


Large-scale prints recreate a walk through the ancient city of
Baghdad between wars. // see more
Fast Company says, " What Yoko Ono, Ali Hossaini, Julian Montague,
and Ranier Ganahl all have in common is a keen intuition of their urban
environments."




ArtTV
Single-channel video, 2001 - 2003


Sketches for a fantasy video art TV channel that became LAB HD. // see more




Divine Machines
Single-channel video, 2008


The history of eyes, cameras and optics in less than 10 minutes. // play video




Unperception Now
Single-channel video, 2006


A kaleidoscopic video postcard from the highlands of Madagascar. // play video



Photography
Silver gelatin prints


I practice film & digital photography, including darkroom printing. Locations include New York City, Iceland, Madagascar, Burma,
Cambodia, Iraq, Indonesia and Egypt. Please contact me to review portfolios. Above: Favohitra (Madagascar) & Mecca (Saudi Arabia).
see // Grimsey (Iceland)




exhibitions & performances



writing

Artistic statement
Vision of the Gods

pantar productions (c)2010