SAADIA MIRZA

Media Arts//Architecture//Social Science

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Bio: Akademie Schloss SolitudeETH Zürich | Schlosspost



I am an architect, media theorist and visual artist based between Chicago and Islamabad. An architect by background, I am now currently affiliated with the PhD program in Anthropology at the University of Chicago as a doctoral candidate. My interests and research are situated at the intersection of media studies, scientific visualization, geography, and the history of science. I am partial to topics involving aesthetics and geopolitics. I work with text, video, and new media as a way of investigating representations of landscapes and geographical regions of strategic importance. My past and current research projects include methods such as filmmaking, virtual reality, and mapping. I have recently been stationed as a fellow in Art, Science and Business at Akademie Schloss Solitude and an academic guest at ETH Zürich’s History of Technology research group.

I have been writing about landscapes, migration and infrastructure, architectural phenomenology, and embodied forms of mapping and cartography. In recent years, my interest in landscape has focused on the aesthetics and politics of representation through satellite data, remote sensing and computation. Some of this research focuses on cultures of visual interpretation that allow sound and images from remote sensing devices to be used as a kind of evidence having truth value. I talk to and work with archaeologists and geophysical scientists.