As a child growing up in the backwaters of Torquay, England, Matt Mahdavi used to gaze at the stars—still visible, with no light pollution—and think about reality and how strange it sometimes all felt. The Matrix-esque conception that reality was, perhaps, a simulation, was the subject of Mahdavi’s first art exhibit, a pop-up in an Urban Outfitters in Torquay, where Mahdavi first showed his mixed-media photographs. He combined, for instance, daytime shots of trees with nighttime shots of stars for an atmosphere encouraging viewers to think about the possibility our reality is not what we think it is. His “Mud and Dust” project landed him a residency at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, where Mahdavi has taken this same project to Tokyo, where he mixes old technology with contemporary scenes, emulating the mix of old and new in Tokyo.
His open studio (B108) in an old school in Akihabara where visitors can drop in and talk or see the artist at work anytime. Mahdavi has created an interactive terminal where users can insert floppy disks to project his blended photographs of Tokyo, and view the progress of images through to a conclusion print exhibition. As he works in Tokyo, he continues to add to his body of photographs around the city. Mahdavi says that he feels “we are working towards an inevitable and total integration with technology. An end where we will lose our identity in this natural state of evolution.” This feeling of being on the verge of being overwhelmed is evident in his photographs.
The concluding exhibition,”Oops, something went wrong,” runs from January 6—18.