Dominique Nahas

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Most Recent Affiliation:

  • Independent Critic and Curator


  • New York, New York, United States of America


  • Dominique Nahas is a critic and independent curator based in Manhattan. A member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA-USA), he writes for numerous publications including Art in America and Art Asia Pacific. He is currently Interim Director of the Hoffberger Graduate School at Maryland Institute College of Art and will serve as the 2005-6 MFA Critic-in-Residence at Montclair State University. Additionally, Mr. Nahas teaches critical theory on a regular basis at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and is a member of the critique faculty at the New York Studio Program. The author of numerous artists monographs, his most recent book on Merle Temkin (Telos Press) appeared in June 2005.

Writings and Presentations:

  • Title: Threading Time Machines
    Writing Type: Essay
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2005: Threading Time
    Abstract Summary:

    Threading Time, the title of the SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery, invokes a vision in which the essence of lived reality, time, is measured and used through instrumentalization technology. The very subject of much of the technologically-based new media arts is time itself its uncovering, its displacement, its loss, and its reiteration. The urgency for visual artists to explore the experience of time is pervasive. Indeed, what could be more contemporary than an exploration of the lived moment as a network of relations and responses that too often
    go unnoticed? The construction and imaging of visual languages through which time is not only expressed but enunciated and parsed by visual poets, have always and will always fascinate audiences. This instrumentalization is evoked and invoked through our language and the way we move, and through the very social relations between people. SIGGRAPH is both an actor in this play and an instigator; it serves as a barometer (giving us a sense of the pressures we face) and a thermometer, indicating the temperature of the body social and political.”

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