Max Kazemzadeh, PhD, MFA, is a Professor and has served as the Director of the Art & Media Design Program for 7.5 years, and as the elected Chairperson of the Art, Communication & Theater (ACT) Department at Gallaudet University where he served for 3.5 years. Kazemzadeh is also the current founding Director of the Gallaudet TinkerLab, an automated fabrication studio within the Washburn Art Building which is supported annually by a NASA Space Grant. Kazemzadeh is also the only non-STEM faculty member of the established Center for Science Technology Research (CSTR) which works to support creative Science and ART-SCI campus initiatives/internships using grant.
In Kazemzadeh’s research and artworks, he uses a syncretic approach to investigate connections between art, technology, and consciousness in his research, experiments and interactive installations. For the last ten years his work investigated the influence constructed, semi-conscious interfaces had on human perception and interaction. Directly connected to elements within machine perception and sense-based recognition, his work feeds naturally into the focal point of his recent research, investigating the significance and value of errors within the process of one’s perception and subject identification (via the senses) as essential contributions to creativity, inspiration, innovative thought, and learning.
Kazemzadeh has exhibited in international exhibitions, including solo and group exhibitions spanning the globe, including locations like New York City, Beijing, Madrid, Kefalonia, Manizalez, and his home city of Washington DC. Kazemzadeh has taught international interactive art workshops and has given artist talks around the world. Kazemzadeh has also curated international exhibitions, and acquired an ongoing annual grant from NASA to support a project and class he created which merges open source hardware and software to track, capture and transmit the data associated with the speed, altitude, roll, pitch, and yaw of skateboarders as they move about a skateboard bowl (gifted to Gallaudet and his research, from the Kennedy Center’s “Finding a Line” Project) in order to visualize that data in a projection on an adjacent wall. Kazemzadeh has also organized events, lectures, and conference breakout sessions connected to his research and creative interests at Gallaudet and the skateboard bowl.
Referred by Roger Malina, Kazemzadeh was invited by the CPNAS (the Cultural Programs: National Academy of the Sciences) director, JD Talasek, to serve as external advisor to their monthly DASERs events.