Mashinka Firunts Hakopian is a writer, artist, and researcher born in Yerevan and residing in Glendale, CA. Her work is concentrated in media studies, visual culture, contemporary art, and SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) diaspora studies. Her research attends to cultural practices that intervene in existing sociotechnical systems and produce alternative imaginaries of the future. She hold a PhD in the History of Art, with a Graduate Certificate in Cinema and Media Studies, from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is currently a visiting Mellon Professor in the Practice at Occidental College, where she is co-curating the exhibition “Encoding Futures: Critical Imaginaries of AI” with Meldia Yesayan and Oxy Arts. She serves an Associate Director of Research at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles, and an Associate Editor for Noema Magazine. Prior to joining the Institute, she held a two-year teaching appointment in UCLA’s Department of English, where she designed courses in media studies, critical race studies, feminist and queer theory, and visual culture. She also serve as a Contributing Editor for ASAP/J, an Advisory Board Member for the International Armenian Literary Alliance, and was previously a Contributing Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book, Algorithmic Bias Training: Lectures for Intelligent Machines, is forthcoming in 2021 from X Artists’ Books.
With Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson, she makes up one-third of Research Service, a media collective that pursues performative and practice-based forms of scholarship.
Her writing and reviews have appeared in Performance Research Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, Georgia Journal, and Art in America. Performances and projects have been presented at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Museum of Contemporary Art (LA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Drawing Center (NY), Judson Memorial Church (NY), and in the New Museum (NY) Voice Registers Series. Her individual and collaborative work has received coverage in Art in America, Hyperallergic, Asbarez, the New York Times, and Armenian Public Radio.
Contact: mashinkafirunts at googlemail.