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A.P.E.X. Events Presents Xárene Eskander, Visiting Scholar

Published: February 17, 2020 | Category: Special Events

Xarene EskandarA.P.E.X. Events is proud to continue our Spring Season by bringing Xárene Eskandar and her artistic experiences to Southern Utah University’s campus. Join A.P.E.X. Events on February 27, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of SUU’s Hunter Conference Center. This event is part of the Eccles Visiting Scholar Series, as well as an Artist in Residence collaboration with the Southern Utah Museum of Art and the Grace A Tanner Center for Human Values.

Xárene Eskandar is a researcher and designer with a background ranging from yacht and automotive design to architecture and live visuals. Her research interests stem from the philosophy of technology and focus on new perceptions of the body and self through altering the perception of time and space in photography, video, and virtual and augmented reality.

"It is a great opportunity to bring an artist doing such cutting-edge work to campus to work with our students and speak in our series,” said Dr. Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events. “Xárene’s work bridges so many different areas and is so interesting and I am excited to learn more about her artistic identity!”

Xárene holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Cincinnati, and MFA in Design and Media Arts from UCLA, and speaks and exhibits her work at international events and institutions, to name a few: Mutek, Montréal; SIGGRAPH; International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Singapore; Istanbul Design Biennial; Iceland Academy of Arts; Fabrica, Treviso; Bâtiment d'art contemporain, Genève; Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. 

Her Doctorate in Media Arts and Technology, titled Aesthetics for a Philosophy of Scale, is on hold while she addresses more urgent concerns of society. As an advocate of wildernesses and public lands and being experienced in technology, she leads a consultancy to help address the effects of climate change on land use. Drawing upon cultural anthropology, Xárene Eskandar’s research is focused on the evolution of the symbiotic relationship of technology and the human. Her interest lies in questions that debunk technological, architectural or social prescriptions, and to instead offer neolexia for our future hybrid bodies. Her current work looks at the merger of architecture with the human body.

A.P.E.X. Events is SUU’s premier weekly lecture series, with speakers and presenters invited from all areas of the world, featuring a diverse range of topics and disciplines. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the free series. 


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Contact Information:

Dr. Lynn Vartan
vartan@suu.edu