The Price of Oil (2019) on Center for Screen Culture

The Price of Oil is featured on the themed Playlist of Center for Screen Culture based on Sensing the Archive – a Frames Cinema Journal Special (March 2022) that accompanies the newly published Frames Cinema Journal Issue 19 to give a short primer on the issues, methods and implications of the sensory properties of archives, archival instabilities and the digital turn. Archives have always had their absences and lacunae, but digital materiality – or immateriality – produces new instabilities that require novel ways of approaching audio-visual heritage. The list includes selections from the editors, as well as Guest Editor, Catherine Russell, and recommendations from contributors, many tying into their articles from Issue 19.


Media Archaeology + Feminism is a mini-series of themed talks and workshops for fall 2021 through spring 2022, organized by Maryam Muliaee and sponsored by the Department of Critical Media Practices, the Media Archaeology Lab (MAL), and the Intermedia Arts, Writing and Performance Program (IAWP) at University of Colorado Boulder. The upcoming speakers in 2022 include Garnet Hertz and Jussi Parikka.


presentation at online International Symposium of Cinema and Film Analysis, São Paulo, Brazil (17-19 Nov 2021)


Panel 9 — “Feminism, Women’s Representation, and Star System” will be held on November 18th, 11am – 1pm (GMT-3) via Zoom and includes:

  • Authorship, Adaptation, Andrea Arnold: Big Little Lies’ Popular Feminism
    Sarah Louise Smyth (University of Essex)
  • Let Media Archaeology and Feminism Meet: The Animated Work of Stacey Steers
    Maryam Muliaee (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Vivien Leigh’s Voice: Her Four American Accents
    Georgia Brown (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Unplanned pregnancies: abortion debates in Grey’s Anatomy
    Virgínia Jangrossi (UFSCar)

The International Symposium of Cinema and Film Analysis is organized by the CNPq research group CineArte – Cinema, Film Analysis, and Intellectual Experience, in São Paulo, Brazil. The event is held online from 17-19 November 2021, with a goal is to deepen and broaden the exchange between research works centered on film analysis, gathering different perspectives, theoretical approaches, and methodologies that demonstrate how film language can be intertwined with numerous fields of study. The Symposium is a result of the interdisciplinary exchange between researchers who investigate the relationship between cinema, audiovisual, by selecting film analysis as a methodology within different usages and contexts. Structured as a subject between 1960 and 1970, film analysis divides and reconstitutes meanings within audiovisual products. Between the twentieth and the twenty-first century, we can identify different branches of it: François Jost and André Gaudreault’s narratology, David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson’s narrative and style analyses, Jacques Aumont’s immanent perspective, Laura Mulvey’s feminist film theory that investigated the male gaze through the psychoanalysis and also her counter cinema proposal, Eisenstein’s montage, the interchange between art history and style, formal aesthetics, social and historical perspectives, allegories, among others.

The full Symposium’s program

Artist Talk: Maryam Muliaee’s talk as part of DCMP Visiting Artists

In a lecture titled Moving (Recycled) Images, media artist-scholar Maryam Muliaee will talk about her recent works with moving images in the context of both Media Archaeology and Feminism. Media technologies are agents whose power and singularities, as consumer black boxes, remain concealed from our perception and attention. But art is capable of materializing the agency of media and rendering anarchival materialities for our experience. Maryam’s art practice is motivated by the curiosity to reveal (some)thing hidden in technologies of every day. She deploys digital tools and everyday technologies such as copier/printer in non-standard ways to create a variantology of moving images, challenge the norms of authenticity and media specificity, and to ‘play’ with the materiality of audio-visual archives. In this presentation, she will talk about a series of works collectively titled Recycled Series (2016-2020). Maryam thinks about Feminist Media Archaeology as a promising framework that fuels both her practice and research in media art and study. In working with media objects and images, she adopts techniques of media archaeology and its creative methodologies of remediation, while staying informed by feminist interests in variation, mobility, and haptic modes of viewings.

Wednesday, October 20 at 5:20 pm

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1350 Pleasant Drive, Boulder, CO 80309



The BDP’s recent film, Fight For Good, will premiere at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State College, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 7:00 PM.

The Premiere will be followed by a discussion Panel live-streamed on Burchfield Penney’s Facebook page. This was the first event in over a year in Burchfield since Covid. The event began with a greeting video message received from the NYS Assemblywoman, Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes; the Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino was also in attendance. See more at:

The film will be on air: WBBZ TV Channel 67.1 on Sunday, Apr 25, 10:30am & 7:30pm, and May 27, 12:30pm.

The premiere news on Buffalo Rising: Buffalo Documentary Project to Virtually Premiere ‘Fight For Good’

Interview with the filmmakers: The Making of Fight for Good


Featured in Buffalo Rising for the release of WORK (2020)


The full documentary, WORK (directed by Mani Mehrvarz, animation by Maryam Muliaee) is officially released and now available for public view for free on BDP’s website.

WORK is a 56-minute experimental documentary film that captures the process of recording the first full-length album of the Buffalo-based contemporary music ensemble, Wooden Cities. In addition to interviews and footage of the recording, the film includes a 20-min animation, The Price of Oil, to one of the musical pieces, that stands alone. This short animation uses stop-motion techniques, and programming to reassemble thousands of historical images/stills and footage from public digital and print archives into a new work.

See the news at Buffalo Rising.

#experimental_documentary #experimental_music #experimental_animation

Free Screening of WORK: October 23rd to 30th with UB Arts Collaboratory’s Spring 2020 Program

WORK (2020): Official Selection in Buffalo International Film Festival 2020

WORK is an experimental documentary film (directed by Mani Mehrvarz, animation by Maryam Muliaee) that documents Wooden Cities in recording their newest album with the same title. WORK has been officially selected for the competition and screening at the 18th Buffalo International Film Festival 2020. This year, BIFF is being presented in a socially distanced, cinematically connected, virtual-first format, showcasing more than 100 films, shorts, and episodic series from 20 countries, with over 100 film delegates from across the globe participating. BIFF (est. 2006) champions regional, national, and international films that push the limits of independent cinema – presenting quality films from around the world to WNY residents and visitors. BIFF, a proud supporter of local filmmaking and the arts, is committed to amplifying diverse voices and exhibiting cutting-edge programming in narrative, documentary and experimental film.



The Price of Oil (2019): Official Selection and screening in Mexico City Independent Film Festival 2020.



Embodied Landscape is a multimedia art project by Maryam Muliaee and Naila Ansari that consists of a film, and an interactive website. The works are now on view at UB Arts Collaboratory Website. Check it out now!


Apri 2020: The release of the inaugural issue of MAST Journal: “Mapping Media Studies”

MAST is an open-access and peer-reviewed journal with a focus on Media Art Study and Theory. The inaugural issue is edited by Maryam Muliaee and Mani Mehrvarz, titled “Mapping Media Studies”. Download the issue for free here:









Embodied Landscape

Originally planned as part of the Arts Collaboratory 2020 spring season of interdisciplinary programming, Embodied Landscape has been reframed by Maryam Muliaee and Naila Ansari as a virtual experience and now as an online exhibition. A collaborative multimedia production, the project is a reflection on one of Buffalo’s iconic architecture which has been lost….

Watch a video from behind the scene:


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Upcoming Online Exhibition: Embodied Landscape

Opening: May 15, 2020

The Price of Oil (2019): Winner of the 4th Annual International Experimental Film Festival “The Unforeseen”!

The Price of Oil (2019) was announced as the winner of the 4th Annual International Experimental Film Festival “The Unforeseen” in Belgrade, Serbia. Thanks to CZKD team and the jury members: Manja Ristić, Ivana Rajić, and Luka Beslagic.

Jury’s Comment: “With an extremely important and present political message, the film, through the dramatization archaeology of media, shows us the deep roots of neoliberal exploitation. The composition of the film equally emphasizes the poetical-typographic, musical, graphic-animation treatment of the structure, in comprehensively successful experimentation with form.”

The Price of Oil (2019): Winner of the jury’s “Mention” Award in the ninth edition of FIVA, the International Video Art Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

The Price of Oil (2019): Official Selection in the 4th International Experimental Film Festival in Belgrade: “The Unforeseen”

The Price of Oil (2019) has been officially selected in Belgrade’s 4th International Experimental Film Festival “The Unforeseen”. The festival takes place at CZKD (The Center for Cultural Decontamination) in Belgrade, Serbia. After the screening, film scholar and critic Luka Bešlagić (FMK) gives a lecture (Nov 23rd, 2019) on what is experimental in film today, and what can be considered an experiment followed by the second half of the competition program.

The Price of Oil (2019): Official Selection and screening in FIVA 9 International Video Festival in Buenos Aires!

The Price of Oil (2019) celebrates its World Premiere this month (12-13 Dec, 2019) at the FIVA 9 International Video Festival in The General San Martín Cultural Centre in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina. Juries include: Maria Pallier, Gustavo Romano and Jose-Calos Mariategui.

Exhibition Opening: In This House
Public Opening: Albright-Knox Northland, Friday, January 17, 2020, 5 pm –  7 pm

Please join us for a free public opening for Domestic Thresholds, an exhibition by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor. This exhibition features projects that explore how people build connections to others both inside and outside the walls of those structures we call home. During the opening, dancer Naila Ansari, media artists Mani Mehrvarz and Maryam Muliaee, and musician Curtis Lovell will present a collaborative, multimedia art project that will use new media, performance, and live dance to transform the static physical space of the exhibition into a dynamic interactive environment. The audience is invited to experience the work by watching the filmed performance on their mobile phones in the exhibition space.

Art in the Open

Center For The Arts, Oct 24, 2019, 5 pm – 9 pm

Announcing MAST: The Journal of Media Art Study and Theory

Founding editors: Maryam Muliaee and Mani Mehrvarz. The Journal is published with NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) at the University of Buffalo, SUNY.

MAST Journal

World Premiere: LIVE YOUR ART

This poetic 20-min documentary (directed by Mani Mehrvarz) takes you to the spaces where art is made, showing how Buffalo-based female artists from different disciplines create their works. The featured artists include Naila Ansari, Maryam Muliaee, Pam Glick, and Julia Anne Cordani. Watch the film for free:

World Premiere: LIVE YOUR ART

Official premiere: Sep 15, 2019, 12 – 2 pm, at Center For The Arts, UB. Attendance is free for the public.

Maryam Muliaee

event schedule

Featured in UB Arts Collaboratory film series: LIVE YOUR ART

watch the teaser:

Exhibition opening: MEDIA-AS-THINGS

Opening: April 2019, 7-9 pm. El Museo Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Media-as-things exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: MAKE.MEDIA.MATTER

Opening: Nov 1, 2018, 5 pm. UB ART Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Make Media Matter exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

watch the teaser here:


Squeaky Wheel Media Center, Buffalo, New York (Feb 2019)

SMRN workshop, Maryam Muliaee

World Premiere: Asher (2018)

The official premiere of Asher at Cinema 123 midtown NYC, (July 2018)

Asher is a 45-min documentary directed & edited by Mani Mehrvarz (art director & animator: Maryam Muliaee). The premiere will be opened by Dr. Candice Williams’s talk at 6:00 pm and will be followed by Q&A after the screening.

Asher documentary, screening, Maryam Muliaee


Presenting at CTB Conference 2018

26th Annual Crossing the Boundaries Conference: [pl.]: Exploring the Multiple, 16 – 17 March 2018 / Binghamton University


Asher (2018)

selected for screening at Buffalo International Film Festival, (Oct 2018)

Sunday, Oct 7 2018, 9:00 PM
HALLWALLS Contemporary Art Center

Recycled Tehran (2016): Official Selection in 4th CIFF FESTIVAL, Ithaca, New York

The selected films will be screened at the theater of Schwartz Center for Performing Arts from Apr 14th to 15th (2017)


4th CIFF FESTIVAL screening, Maryam Muliaee


Opening: 6 pm – 9 pm at Center For The Arts, Department of Media Study, UB (Nov 2017)


Exhibition opening: NIE JA / NOT I

The works will on view through March 13 – 25, at Dzyga Galleri, Lwow, Ukraine (2015)

NIE JA / NOT I exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: Borders: Transmission & Transmutation (Granice: Transmisje i Transmutacje)

The works will on view through Jan – Feb (2016), at Galeria EL, Elblag, Poland

Granice exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Granice exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: THE LIMITS OF ART

The works will on view through October (2014), at MWBA Contemporary Art Gallery, Leszno, Poland

The Limits Of Art exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

The Limits Of Art exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: NIE JA / NOT I

The works will on view through Aug – Sep (2014), at BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice, Poland.

Not I / Nie Ja exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: DEPARTURE-ARRIVAL

The works will on view through June (2014), at Galeria Aula, UAP, Poznan, Poland.

DEPARTURE-ARRIVAL exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

DEPARTURE-ARRIVAL exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: BROTKATZE – Collaborations IV

The works will on view through May 2013, at Galerie Kunststück, Berlin.

BROTKATZE exhibition, Maryam Muliaee


The works will on view through Mar – Apr (2014) at Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan, Poland.

MINIMALISM AS A CRIME SCENE exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Opening for the premiere: LUTOSLAWSKI Memorial Project

The premiere will be held at Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan, Poland (June 2013 & Aug 2013)

LUTOSLAWSKI project, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: HOTEL INSOMNIA

The works will on view through May 2013, at Hotel Bazar, Poznan, Poland.

HOTEL INSOMNIA exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: ETERNAL RETURN

solo exhibition, Rotunda Gallery, UAP, Poznan (Feb 2013)

ETERNAL RETURN exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: UNEXPOSED

The works will on view through Nov – Dec (2012) at TOUR & TAXIS, Bruxelles.

UNEXPOSED is an exhibition of 40 young Iranian female artists whose works selected among 400 candidates. These creations were never exposed before, and this also justifies the title of the exhibition: UNEXPOSED. The exhibition gives to these young women artists the opportunity to demonstrate their work in Brussels, Athens, Warsaw and Tehran. The exhibition is curated by Fery Malek–Madani (art historian) and organized by Art Cantara. The opening was prefaced by the Minister of the French Community of Belgium at Brussels, and the exhibition was followed by two major conferences:

28 Nov 2012 – “L’Art Moderne en Iran, de son émergence à aujourd’hui”

15 Dec 2012 – “Les opportunités ou les défis d’être femme et artiste dans l’Iran d’aujourd’hui”

In Athens, the exhibition will be accompanied by parallel events (films, conferences, open conversations), and afterward, it will travel to Warsaw to be on view through April-May 2013.

Exhibition opening: UNEXPOSED

exhibition at Cacoyannis Foundation, Athènes (Feb – Mar 2013)

Exhibition opening: UNEXPOSED

exhibition at The National Museum of Ethnography, Warsaw (Apr – June 2013)

UNEXPOSED exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

UNEXPOSED exhibition, Maryam Muliaee

Exhibition opening: UNEXPOSED

exhibition at ELAHE Gallery, Tehran (June – July 2013)

UNEXPOSED exhibition, Maryam Muliaee