Curated by: Max Kazemzadeh and Jonah Brucker-Cohen

D.O.L.L.: DIWO OPNSRC LMFAO LHOOQ, features experimental and interactive new media, installation, and sculpture, which highlights the creative, use, re-use, and mis-use of technology by contemporary artists. Artists featured in the exhibition utilized technological devices and systems to challenge our expectations of contemporary art, while simultaneously questioning common assumptions about technology and our relationship with it.

D.O.L.L.: DIWO OPNSRC LMFAO LHOOQ is included as part of WPA's Experimental Media 2012 exploringrecent developments in the field of art and technology through three separate, yet related platforms: an exhibition component, a video screening program, and a workshop series. While highlighting the creative potential of new technologies, Experimental Media 2012 also explores the broader social and cultural implications of these rapid changes. Experimental Media 2012 is organized by Washington Project for the Arts, in partnership with Artisphere, and built on WPA’s annual Experimental Media Series program, begun in 2006.  

Participating artists:  Christian Benefiel (Keedysville, MD), Eric Celarier (Silver Spring, MD), Jeff Chyatte (Bethesda, MD), Mark Cooley (Warrenton, VA), Blake Fall-Conroy (Ithaca, NY), K. David Fong (Baltimore, MD), Pete Froslie (Norman, OK), Michelle Lisa Herman (Washington, DC), Hiroshi Jacobs (Washington, DC), Patrick Resing (New York, NY), and Steven Silberg (Catonsville, MD)

About the Curators

Max Kazemzadeh is an electronic and emergent media artist engineer and Assistant Professor of Media Art & Technology at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. His work focuses on how constructed, semi-conscious interfaces influence human interaction. In addition to widely exhibiting his own workwidely, he has experience organizing and curating festivals and exhibitions. Kazemzadeh organized the conference Texelectronica '06 (Dallas), served as the chair of the electronic media art session at the 2008 College Art Association Conference, served as a juror for SIGGRAPH '2007, and has given annual interactive hardware/software workshops at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing since 2004. 

His work has been exhibited internationally in such venues as the Microwave Festival (Hong Kong), the Boston CyberArts Festival, Medialab-Prado's Interactivos? ’ 08 (Mexico City), Dashanzi International Art Festival (Beijing), IDMA IDEA's Exhibition/Symposium (Ohio), FotoFfest (Houston), Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Greece), Maker Faire (Austin), Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (Los Angeles), The Gerald Peters Gallery (New YorkYC), and the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art (Dallas). Kazemzadeh is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth (United Kingdom). He holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design and a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas. 

Dr. Jonah Brucker-Cohen is a researcher, artist, and writer based in New York, NY. He received his Ph.D. in the Disruptive Design Team of the Networking and Telecommunications Research Group (NTRG), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). He is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Parsons MFA in Design & Technology and Parsons School of Art, Design, History, and Theory (ADHT). From 2001-2004 he was a Research Fellow in the Human Connectedness Group at Media Lab Europe and from 2006-2007 he was an R&D OpenLab Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York City. His work and thesis focuses on the theme of “Deconstructing Networks” which includes over 77 projects that attempt to critically challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction and experience. He is co-founder of the Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA Group), recipient of the ARANEUM Prize sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Art, Science and Technology and Fundacion ARCO, and was a 2006 and 2008 Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellow Nominee. His writing has appeared in numerous international publications including WIRED, Make, Neural,, Art Asia Pacific, Gizmodo and more, and his work has been presented at events and organizations such as Transmediale, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum of American Art’s ArtPort, Ars Electronica, Chelsea Art Museum, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art ,San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Palais Du Tokyo, Paris. 

Installation Images All images courtesy of Artisphere 

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April 12 – May 20, 2012


1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209

Opening reception

April 12, 2012, 7–10pm