Ali Hossaini

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Ali Hossaini (b. West Virginia) is an American artist, philosopher and businessperson. In 2010 the New York Times described him as a "biochemist turned philosopher turned television producer turned visual poet"[1] in reference to a body of work which spans art, science and philosophy. He has served as an executive in a number of media and technology-oriented businesses, where he has been responsible for introducing innovations in content, interaction and distribution that developed into industry standards.

The son of an Iraqi father and American mother,[2] Hossaini came of age during the Reagan Era, when he became a producer for Alternative Views, a television program that offered progressive news, commentary and interviews.[3] He also produced short films that were distributed by Deep Dish Television. He went on to write for the Village Voice and other publications.[4] In 1994 he received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, then became involved with academic publishing and the Internet. He launched The Surrealist Revolution at the University of Texas Press, a book series whose inaugural volume, Surrealist Woman, revealed the suppressed histories of female artists. He also published one of the first electronic books, Istanbul Boy, in 1996.[5] and produced one of the first public webcasts, Come to Me, that same year.[6]

Hossaini left Texas to join the staff of The Site, a San Francisco-based television newsmagazine on MSNBC, as a producer and commentator. His focus was on involving audiences in television broadcasts. He moved to ZDTV where he continued to develop interactive projects that integrated audience tools like chat and webcams into television programs.[7] As vice president for community at Oxygen Media, he developed applications for video sharing and managed presence to integrate numerous corporate acquisitions into a single network.[8] He served as executive producer and director of programming for Equator HD, high-definition television channel devoted to travel, culture and natural history until 2009.[9]

As executive producer of LAB HD, Hossaini fostered the creation of several dozen films in avant-garde and experimental genres, including the Voom Portraits Robert Wilson, a project that became well known after Vanity Fair[10] featured one of its subjects, actor Brad Pitt, on its cover.[11] The series of HDTV videos feature performances by Hollywood stars, European and Persian royalty and notable artists.[12] The Voom Portraits Robert Wilson exhibition opened in 2007 at Paula Cooper Gallery and Philips de Pury Gallery in New York City.[13] His productions have also been featured in the Whitney Biennial,[14] the Tribeca Film Festival[15] and other venues.[16]

In 2011 Hossaini became CEO of CAN: Cinema Arts Network, a UK-based consortium of cinemas and art centers, launching the company with a live broadcast of the London Symphony Orchestra from the Barbican Centre.[17]

Exhibitions[edit]

2013

  • Oceanic Verses, video installation & live performance, The Barbican, London, UK[18]

2012

  • Illusory Production, video installation, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China[19]
  • Epiphany, video installation, Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland[20]
  • Ouroboros, video installation, Clews Foundation, Denver, Colorado
  • Oceanic Verses, video installation & live performance, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC[21]
  • Ouroboros, video installation, Clews Foundation, Denver, Colorado
  • Oceanic Verses, video installation & live performance, River to River Festival, New York City[22]
  • Ouroboros, video installation, Clews Foundation, Denver, Colorado
  • Hermetica, video screening, Electronic Art Intermix, New York City
  • Divine Machines, Museum of Optography, Sharjah

2011

  • Fabric of Life, solo show of prints & video, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York City
  • Executive Privilege, video installation, White Box, New York City
  • Fading Civilizations, video triptych, SoundRes Festival, Lecce, Italy
  • The Aging Magician, musical theater, The Kitchen, New York City
  • Fading Civilizations, video triptych, The Kitchen, New York City
  • Ouroboros, video installation, Museum of Outdoor Art, Denver, Colorado
  • Memory Begins, video installation, SudLab, Naples, Italy

2010

  • Memory Begins, video installation, White Box, New YorkCity
  • Ouroboros, video installation, Ise Cultural Foundation, New York City
  • Oceanic Verses, operatic video, New York City Opera
  • Caro Ben Mio, live video, Galapagos Art Space, New York City

2009

  • Baghdad Transcendental, sculpture & photography installation, The Drop, New York City
  • Epiphany: Prints, The Kaufman Arcade, New York City
  • Epiphany: Volcano, Gallery 8, New York City

2008

  • Divine Machines, film , The Hackney Empire, London, UK
  • Epiphany, video installation, American Museum of the Moving Image, New York City
  • Noumema, Time is the Moving Image & The Same River, short plays, Water Mill Center for the Arts
  • Installation of productions from LAB, American Museum of the Moving Image, New York City
  • Curated selection of LAB productions, Scope Art Fair, New York City
  • Unperception Now, film, Montreal Festival of Film on Art, Montreal, Canada

2007

  • Living Voom, curated selection of LAB productions, Scanners Film Festival, The Lincoln Center
  • Curated selection of LAB productions, Borderlines Festival, Beijing, China
  • Unperception Now, Janos Gat Gallery, New York City
  • Curated selection of LAB productions, SF Cinemateque, San Francisco
  • Curated selection of LAB productions, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California
  • Curated selection of LAB productions, Orchard 47, New York City
  • Jeanne Moreau & Isabelle Huppert Video Portraits, Couvent des Cordeliers, Paris

Filmography[edit]

2012

  • Story/Time, 3D HD feature, director: Bill T Jones, producer: Ali Hossaini

2009

  • KOOL: Dancing in My Mind, 3D HD feature, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini

2008

  • Mario’s Green House, 8 x 30’ HDTV series, director: Mario Van Peebles, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • The Monkey Thieves, 13 x 30’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Lost in China, 6 x 60’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Wildlife Nannies 2, 20 x 30’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Earthtripping, 6 x 30’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Natural Born Traveler, 4 x 30’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • 4Monkeys, multichannel video installation, artist: Ali Hossaini
  • The River, theater and video, writer: Ali Hossaini
  • Noumena, theater and video, writer: Ali Hossaini
  • Time is the Moving Image, theater and video, writer: Ali Hossaini
  • Beethoven's Toothpaste, experimental video, director: Camille Morin, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Wildlife Nannies II, 20 x 30’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini

2007

  • Medicine Woman, 13 x 30’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Ultimate Tourist Scams, 13 x 30’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Wildlife Nannies, 20 x 30’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Penny Revolution, 6 x 60’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Green Wheels, 13 x 30’ HDTV series, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Video Portrait: Renée Fleming, director: Robert Wilson, HDTV, experimental short, executive producer: Ali Hossaini
  • Video Portrait: Skunk, director: Robert Wilson, HDTV, experimental short, executive producer: Ali Hossaini

2006

  • Epiphany: The Cycle of Life at the Internet Movie Database, experimental feature, director: Ali Hossaini
  • Unperception Now, director: Ali Hossaini
  • Video Portrait: Princess Caroline: of Monaco, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: * Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Queen Farah Diba, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Prince Alexis Schleswig-Holstein, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Gao Xingjian, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Rite of the Black Sun, director: Bradley Eros, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • The Aquarium, director: Pavel Wojtasik, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • The Landfill, director: Pavel Wojtasik, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin, HDTV
  • Sahara Mohave, director: Leslie Thornton, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • Portrait of Shanghai, director: Lili Chin, HDTV, experimental short
  • Sorry, director: Gail Vachon, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • Meredith Salient Field, director: Theo Angell, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • Spectropia (episode), director: Toni Dove
  • 25 Letters (3 episodes), director: Grahame Weinbren, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • The Tension Building, director: Erika Beckman, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • The Mythmakers, directors: Sabine Gruffat & Ben Russell, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • Poem, director: Mary Lucier, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin, HDTV
  • Light Mood Disorder, director: Jennifer Reeves, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • The Bridge, director: Fred Taylor, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • Urban Sonata, director: Jud Yalkut, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • Stiff, director: Jenny Reeder, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • Carrara Landscape, director: Angie Eng, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin
  • The Shadow Lords, director: Jose Figeroa, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer: Lili Chin

2005

  • Video Portrait: Isabella Rossellini, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Sean Penn, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Willem Dafoe, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Robin Wright Penn, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: J T Leroy, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: William Pope L, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Gabriella Orenstein, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Lucinda Childs, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Esther Gordon & Noah Khoshbin

2004

  • Video Portrait: Brad Pitt at the Internet Movie Database, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Robert Downey, Jr., director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Jeanne Moreau, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Isabelle Huppert, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Juliette Binoche, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Marianne Faithfull, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Zhang Huan, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Steve Buscemi, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Noah Khoshbin
  • Video Portrait: Mikhail Baryshnikov, director: Robert Wilson, executive producer: Ali Hossaini, producer Noah Khoshbin

2002

  • artTV, director
  • Abstraction 1, director
  • Abstraction 2, director

1995

  • Come to Me, director

1989:1994

  • Alternative Views weekly newsmagazine, producer

1986

  • Sometimes a Blessing Can Be a Curse, director
  • Ich bin Du, director
  • Pentagram, director

References[edit]

  1. ^ For 3-D Travelers, A Cosmic Journey
  2. ^ Beyond the multicultural ghetto. openDemocracy (2004-09-28). Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  3. ^ By Douglas Kellner PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION: ALTERNATIVE VIEWS (PDF)
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Nesin, Istanbul Boy, University of Texas Press. Utexas.edu. Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  6. ^ Elaine Dove in A Million Miles Away. Cyberopera.org (1996-10-23). Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  7. ^ Ali Hossaini. infonortics.com
  8. ^ Ali Hossaini. opendemocracy.net
  9. ^ NHK docs head for Equator. c21media.net
  10. ^ Colacello, Bob. (2011-08-01) The Subject as Star | Culture. Vanity Fair. Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  11. ^ HD takes still life to next level for artist Robert Wilson. Broadcastengineering.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  12. ^ [2][dead link]
  13. ^ Kalb, Jonathan. (2007-01-30) Robert Wilson, Beckett and a Celebrity From the Neck Up – New York Times. Nytimes.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  14. ^ TRANS>arts.cultures.media. Transmag.org (2006-06-28). Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  15. ^ Robert Wilson Video Portraits: Isabelle Huppert & Brad Pitt. tribecafilmfestival.org
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ [4]
  18. ^ [5] Oceanic Verses
  19. ^ [6] Illusory Production
  20. ^ [7] Mediations Biennale
  21. ^ [8] Music is mostly compelling
  22. ^ [9] The Mediterranean Sea, Singing Along in Italy