Reza Mirabi (1988 Iran, Germany) studied Visual Arts in Mumbai and is right now enrolled in the Masters of Choreography (DAS Choreography) at the University of the Arts, Amsterdam.
His work is located at the interface between exhibition and performance and he designs multimedia dance installations that immerse visitors in speculative scenarios and associative realities. Mirabi’s practice makes dance a tangible and material object in a space which encourages viewers to roam freely. He mapped the PURPOSE brand as a speculative morphogenic material informing choreographically bodies and objects alike.
Mirabi has worked and collaborated with artists like Tino Sehgal, Jérôme Bel, Alexandra Pirici, Nile Koetting, Ruairi O’Donovan, Michael Müller, Maciej Sado, Anna Halprin, Mariana Nobro Vieira, Michele Rizzo and Sigal Zouk.
In my research here at DAS, I consider the hybrid and contradictory nature and form of contemporary culture a site of a many opposing binaries or polarities and speculate on possible and impossible synergies between them, for example, the transcendental and the material, mind and body, the virtual and the real, the natural and the artificial, the cultural and biological, subject and object, familiarity and alienation, the individual and the sect. The binaries meet through clashes and collisions fused with irony, eventually culminating in synthetic symbioses and complex compositional structures located in reference-less voids.
Irony is about contradictions that do not resolve into larger wholes, even dialectically, about the tension of holding incompatible things together because both or all are necessary and true. Irony is about humor and serious play. It is also a rhetorical strategy and a political method.