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Kaveh Rafie

PhD Candidate: Modern and Contemporary Art


Kaveh Rafie is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Art History department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interest focuses on the social underpinning of artistic and technoscientific practices since the twentieth century. In his studies, Kaveh explores the intersections of mythical thought, technological aspirations and artistic vision regarding social organization. His master’s thesis, “Aspects of Gaia: Roy Ascott’s Art and the Embodiment of Second-Order Cybernetics,” makes a case for Roy Ascott’s pioneering artistic aspiration to undo the division between the spectators and the artwork by drawing on cybernetics and Gaia theory as a blueprint for digitally mediated society at a turning point preceding the Post-Cold War Order.