Mika Rottenberg’s work combines film, installation and sculpture to explore how experiences, objects and values are produced in our hyper-capitalist world.
In a series of remarkable video works often situated within theatrical installations, Rottenberg connects seemingly disparate places, people and things Weaving fact and fiction together, she to creates elaborate and subversive visual narratives that highlight the inherent absurdity of our contemporary existence.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, Rottenberg spent her formative years in Israel then moved to the US where she studied at the School of Visual Arts and Columbia in New York.
A solo exhibition of Rottenberg’s work is currently on view at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. In 2021, the Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk, Denmark presented Bowls Balls Souls Holes, a major survey of her work. Easy Pieces was presented at the New Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto in 2019 – 2020. Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in London opened in 2018 with a survey of Rottenberg’s work, the same year she had a solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria.
Rottenberg was the recipient of the 2019 Kurt Schwitters Prize, which recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art. In 2018, she was the winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. She is represented by Hauser & Wirth.
Mahyad Tousi is a multidisciplinary writer, producer, cinematographer, and director working across story formats, genres, and platforms. Based in Los Angeles, his projects span network television to contemporary art.
Tousi was the executive producer of CBS primetime comedy United States of Al. He is currently writing and producing 1001, a sci-fi adaptation of The Tales from a Thousand and One Nights.
Tousi is also the co-founder of BoomGen Studios, a creative IP incubator working across storytelling traditions and formats for the last sixteen years. He founded Starfish Accelerator and is a General Partner of Starfish Fund—a 10-year vision for a self-sustaining cultural ecosystem for underrepresented artist-entrepreneurs. He advocates for the critical impact of popular culture in shaping our shared future and sits on the advisory board of MIT’s Center for Advanced Virtuality.