Hadi Tabatabai

Carnegie Mellon University
November 2, 3 & 4
Various times

Carnegie Mellon’s wats:ON? Festival is back with three compelling days exploring the intersection of art and technology.

Free and open to the public, the unique, multidisciplinary festival is showcasing works that explore physical and perceptual spaces, experiences and concepts.

Festival-goers will have the chance to explore the work and creative process of renowned artist Hadi Tabatabai. Born in Iran in 1964, Tabatabai immigrated to the U.S. in 1977 and is based in San Francisco.

Tabatabai’s largest work ever, “Transitional Spaces,” will be on view through December 2 in CMU’s College of Fine Arts. The ambitious installation features large panels and intricately handcrafted threadwork. Meet the artist at the opening reception November 2 at 5 p.m. and hear him speak at 6 p.m. in Kresge Theater.

CMU’s Miller Gallery is presenting “Body Drift,” an immersive work created by Jakob Marsico and Chris Carlson that will surround viewers with large projection screens, shifting audio-visual experiences, multi-channel sounds and multiple performers.

Don’t miss the opening receptions November 3 and 4 at 6:30 p.m. in CMU’s College of Fine Arts, followed by artist presentations at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Theatre. Afterward, Marsico and Carlson will host an informal master class for anyone interested in learning more about the technologies behind “Body Drift.”

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.