Mani Mehrvarz is a media artist and filmmaker. He received his Ph.D. in Media Study from the University at Buffalo in 2020 with a focus on the materiality of media in artistic practice in the contexts of both radical media archaeology and object philosophy. Mehrvarz has taught courses in documentary, video art, and media theory at the Department of Media Study, at UB from 2015-20. Currently, he is the founding director of the Buffalo Documentary Project, the design head and creative lead of the UB Arts Collaboratory, and the curator of Media-as-things Collective. Mehrvarz’s art practice with the moving-image goes beyond the conventional linear storytelling and explores various forms of databased cinema, interactive documentary, and video mapping. His media installations and documentary films have been exhibited and screened worldwide since 2006.
Since 2013, Mehrvarz has worked on several media projects with a focus on signal-based technologies of recording memory in the context of post-Kittlerian media studies. His media installations and documentary films have received recognition around the world and have been exhibited and screened in solo and group exhibitions and festivals since 2006, including the 17th Japan Media Art Festival, PERL media festival in Norway, Short Waves Festival in Poland, Cologne International Videoart Festival, FIVA Video Art Festival, 12th Bienal de Artes Mediales in Chile, Kochi Muziris Biennial in INDIA, and Buffalo International Film Festival.