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Samaneh Moafi: Humans, People

On the left, and drawing on a database of every student work, an Amazon Web Service API tracks a single human figure in real time according to image recognition algorithms. On the right, a different API identifies the recurrence of the word ‘people’ in every student text. Drawing on her work with Forensic Architecture, Samaneh Moafi explores power and transgression with respect to a bounding box.

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Samaneh Moafi

Dr. Samaneh Moafi is a Senior Researcher at Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London, coordinating the Centre for Contemporary Nature (CCN). Her work has been exhibited globally in forums such as the Sharjah Architecture Triennial (2019), Tate Britain (2018), MACBA (2017), Venice Architecture Biennale (2016) and Gwangju Biennale (2013).

Samaneh holds her PhD from The Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture with a thesis on Iran’s contemporary history of state initiated mass housing developments, emancipator practices of their female residents and more broadly the intersection of gender, class and domesticity. Her articles on domesticity have appeared at the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, the Avery Review and the Funambulist among others.

Previously, Samaneh was a studio leader at Masters Level at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London (2014-15). She has taught design studios at the University of Technology Sydney (2012-13), and ran a wider range of workshops internationally at the Royal College of Arts (London), the Architectural Association (London), PACT Zollverein (Essen). Platform 28 (Tehran) and Purdue University (Indiana).

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