I’m a writer, artist, and researcher born in Yerevan and residing in Los Angeles. My work is concentrated in media studies, visual culture, performance, contemporary art, and diaspora studies. I hold a PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, with a Graduate Certificate in Cinema and Media Studies. With Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson, I make up one-third of Research Service, an academic media collective that pursues performative and practice-based forms of scholarship. I serve as a Contributing Editor to ASAP/J, and the co-editor of Present Tense Pamphlets, a hybrid digital and print publishing platform for score-based performance, released through Northwestern University and the Block Museum of Art.

My writing, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Performance Research Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, 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, the New Yorker, and the New York Times.

Contact: mashinkafirunts at googlemail.