I’m a writer, artist, and researcher born in Yerevan and residing in Glendale, CA. My work is concentrated in media studies, visual culture, contemporary art, and West Asian diaspora studies. I hold a PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania.
My book, Algorithmic Bias Training: Lectures for Intelligent Machines, is forthcoming in 2021 from X Artists’ Books.
I am an Associate Director of Research at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles, and an Associate Editor for Noema Magazine. Prior to joining the Institute, I held a two-year teaching appointment in UCLA’s Department of English, where I designed courses in media studies, critical race studies, feminist and queer theory, and visual culture. I 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.
With Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson, I make up one-third of Research Service, a media collective that pursues performative and practice-based forms of scholarship.
My 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. My 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.