Sepideh Karami


Sepideh Karami is an architect, researcher and writer whose work investigates new modes of practice, which she calls interruption. Her artistic research and practice stems from street politics, dissidence and the micropolitics of everyday life.

For Karami, interruption is a performative, critical practice of architecture and a way of questioning dominant systems. Furthermore, it is a tactic that is able to act from within architectural objects and urban spaces, transforming them from a finished object to a performing ground. She develops her work through various media, among them are critical fiction, photography, self-published zines and books.

Karami graduated from Iran University of Science and Technology with an M.A. in Architecture in 2001. Since graduating, she has been committed to teaching, research and practice. In 2010 she achieved her second masters in ‘Design for Sustainable Development’ at Chalmers University, Sweden and in mid-2010 she began to work as a guest researcher at Umeå School of Architecture, where she is currently a PhD candidate.


Project(s)


Publications (since 2011)

Karami, S. (April 2015). ‘De/Ascending: Torre David, The Second Episod of Ballard’s High-Rise’, LO-RES, Architectural Theory, politics and criticism. 80-89

Karami, S. (Oct 2015). ‘Pause: A Device for Troubling Routines’. DrawingOn Journal, Edinburgh College of Art. http://drawingon.org/home

Karami, S. (Feb 2016). 'Interruption as Dissenting Gesture'. RUUKKUU: Studies in Artistic Research. http://ruukku-journal.fi/en

Conference Contributions

International Conference; CARD 2: Circus on the Edge. Paper title (panel discussion): Getting out of Balance: An Encounter Between Architecture and Circus. Stockholm University of the Arts, Stockholm 9-11 Dec 2015

International Symposium Translate, Intertwine, Transgress. Selected participant for contribution to LAB in collaboration with Dansalliansen and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Iaspis programme and the International Dance Programme); led by Jeanine Durning and Melati Suryodarmo. Moderna Museet and MDT, Stockholm 10-13 June 2015.

International Symposium, Transvaluation: Making the World Matter. Paper Title: Your Proposal Doesn’t Fit in Our Editorial Line: Constructing a Dissident Researcher. Chalmers University, Gothenburg, 21-22 May 2015

On Theory and Method: Material Conditions. Paper Title: Scenography of Fooling. LTH School of Architecture, Lund, 23-24 April 2015

On Theory and Method: Architects in Formation. Paper Title: Interrupting Architecture. KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, 5-6 Feb 2015

Higher seminar with Keller Easterling. Paper title: Interrupter. 2-3 February, Umeå School of Architecture. Feb 2015

PhD 50% Seminar. Presentation and Book title: “Pause. Cut. Fold. Fly. Dissident Architecture Devices”. Invited Opponent: Ines Weizman. Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå, Sweden, Oct 2014

The Extraordinary Life of Elements". exhibition and article together with, Janel Ozmin, Hannes Frykholm, Katja Hogenboom, Roemer van Toorn, Juri Soolep. Paper title: "This Is Not A Column”, Sep 2014

"SRE Projects 2014 – Architectural History, Theory and Method”- Paper Title: Interrupt – Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden, April 2014

"Cities That Talk”, Paper Title: Unchoreographed Dance: City and Revolutionary Aesthetics – Gothenburg University- March 2014

Art Academy Research Days- Paper Title: Pause: Unmapping Method – Umeå Art Academy, Autumn 2013

By Design Symposium “Plenitude and Emptiness”- Paper Title: Pause: Unmapping Method- The University of Edinburgh, College of Art, Oct 2013

International Symposium “Rethinking the Social in Architecture”- Paper Title: Revolution as the Moment of Silence- Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå, Sweden- Feb 2013

PhD Research Weekend Presentation – Paper Title: In Search of Utopia in The Silent Rebellion. Sint Lucas, Ghent, Belgium, 25-26 Nov 2012

International Interdicsiplinary conference of “The Others”- Paper Title: Aesthetics of Agonism and Informal Action of The Others- University of Ljublijana, Slovenia- Nov 2012

Architecture Writing Symposium- Presentation title: Writing at the Time of Revolution- KTH, 2012

Public appearances

Delfina Foundation Art Residency: Public Domain. 16 – 30 Nov. London, UK

Västerås Conversation. Artist talk. Title: Risk in the City. Västerås Musuem. 12 Nov 2015

International Symposium Translate, Intertwine, Transgress. Selected participant for contribution to LAB in collaboration with Dansalliansen and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Iaspis programme and the International Dance Programme); led by Jeanine Durning and Melati Suryodarmo. Moderna Museet and MDT, Stockholm 10-13 June 2015.

INTERRUPT Workshop. Experiments on interrupting techniques. Umeå School of Architecture. December 2014.

PAUSE workshop. Experiment on Image and Text. Umeå School of Architecture. December 2013.

Research Inquiry Master Course at Konstfack, Lecture Title: Pause: A Device for Troubling Routines- Konstfack, Stockholm, Nov 2013

Exhibitions

The Extraordinary Life of Elements". exhibition and article together with, Janek Ozmin, Hannes Frykholm, Katja Hogenboom, Roemer van Toorn, Juri Soolep. Paper title: "This Is Not A Column"

Un-Mapping. Exhibition at Bildmuseet Umeå. June 2012