ABOUT WORK

About

"The bringing together of incongruous topos is an explicit content of Steven Ounanian’s work - from the Church of Antioch to tracking the route of a stolen bicycle. Such intervention into the sensitive zone named ‘belief’, undeniably makes me feel awkward about lapsed religious obligations (is it possible that I just forgot that I believed?). However (one might argue), if art makes us face things that we find uncomfortable, testing the boundaries of our opinions, then that is precisely the point. The way in which Ounanian relates these issues on a human scale, avoiding conscious stylisation, disrupts our expectations of what it is to be a contemporary artist and researcher.”

-Cecilia Wee: Uk Writer, Curator, and Broadcaster


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EMAIL: steve@stevenlevon.com

EDUCATION

2006-2008 MA RCA Design Interactions Royal College of Art
2004-2006 BA Design | Media Art UCLA

EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES

2014 ‘Who Thinks the Future?’ Lewisham Arthouse, London
2015 ‘b.b.b. – zur Kunst der Demokratie’ Dresden
2015 ‘You Can’t Win Them All’, Reactor, Nottingham
2015 ‘Tenderflix’ ICA, London
2015 ‘Homotopia’, Tenderpixel, London
2015 ‘You Can’t Win Them All’, Matts Gallery, London
2015 ‘Akrasia’ Art 15, London
2014 'Before Breakfast', Tender Pixel, London
2014 'True Stories from the Event Horizon' ASC Gallery, London
2013 ‘Radical Fictions’, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo
2013 ‘Cultural Capital’ CGP, LONDON
2013 ‘Fair’ Fact, Liverpool
2013 ‘Curious’ West Norwood Cemetery, London
2013 ‘Now I Gotta’ Reason’ Jerwood Visual Arts, London (Curated by Marcus Coates and Grizedale Arts)
2012 ‘Abandon Normal Devices’ Mobile Republic, Manchester
2012 ‘Money Talks’ Common Gallery, Leeds
2012 'Armenian Salon' Shoreditch Town Hall, London
2011 ‘IMS Conference’ Imperial College/Goldsmiths
2011 'Distance', ICA, London
2011 ‘Distance’, Wunderbar, Newcastle
2011 ‘Distance, Homo Novus, Latvia
2011 ‘Rhubarb’ Buddies in Bad Times, Canada
2011 ‘Belief in a Digital Age’ CIVA, Los Angeles
2010 'Capital and Currency', AZJ Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
2010 ‘The Holy Mountain’ Toynbee Studios, London
2010 ‘Archipelago’ CGP, London (curated by Gary Stevens)
2010 ‘Acceleration’ Or-bits, London
2010 ‘Nevil Brody’s Anti-Design Festival’ London
2010 ‘Lord Byron Returns’ AJZ Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
2009 ‘Distance’ Stoke Newington International Airport, London
2009 ‘Dark Mountain Festival’ Wales, UK
2009 ‘Shards of Utopia’ TATE Britain, London
2009 ‘Hi-Tec’ Barbican Art Gallery, London
2009 ‘Money, Money, Money’ Shunt, London
2008 ‘Play’ Paradise Row, London
2008 ‘C-Words,’ Arnolfini, Bristol
2008 ‘Ritual Ride’ DM Gallery, London
2008 ‘Pecha Kucha’ Super Deluxe, Tokyo
2008 ‘The New Barbarians’ MACO, Oaxaca (with Guillermo Gomez Peña and La Pocha Nostra)

AWARDS
2010 Arts Admin bursary

RESIDENCIES
2014 'Peer Sessions' London, UK
2013 Capital of Culture Residency, Marseille France
2009 ‘TRGOVINA,’ Design Museum Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ‘Louder Than Bombs-- Art, Action and Activism’ Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston, London

TEACHING/WORKSHOPS
2013 Media Design Program Art Centre, Los Angeles
2012 ‘Interplay’ workshop at Westminster College, London
2012 ‘Cybernetic Border Agency’ Live Art development Agency workshop
2009 ‘Ritual Ride’ Live Art development Agency workshop
2008 ‘Imagine Yourself as a Robot’ Reach Out RCA
2006 ‘I order you to laugh’ Workshop at San Quintin State Prison, California