Dimensions Variable: A Journey Through the Senses

Food tasting, art making, and music inspired by "The Foreign in Us"

Saturday, April 13, 2024 | 2:00pm-5:00pm
Moody Center for the Arts
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Experience the exhibition Hayv Kahraman: The Foreign in Us through sight, sound, touch, and taste! During this multisensory event, guests can explore the galleries while enjoying a live performance of Persian music; taste a selection of torshi samples prepared by local chefs; and try their hand at paper marbling.

Drawing from thematic and technical elements found in Kahraman’s exhibition, our Spring 2024 Dimensions Variable event encourages creative and interactive responses to the artist's works. A paper marbling workshop, led by Austin-based artist Mercedez Rex, takes inspiration from Kahraman’s use of this technique in several paintings on view. Similarly, a presentation of torshi dishes prepared by local chefs highlights the artist's use of the liquid from this fermented vegetable as a colorant in her work.  A live performance of the kamancheh, a Persian string instrument, by musician Badie Khalegian celebrates a rich cultural tradition that alludes to the artist’s Iraqi-Kurdish heritage.  


Paper marbling workshop 2-5 pm
Torshi tasting sponsored by the Iraqi Forum of Houston  2-5 pm
Musical performance by Badie Khalegian 3 pm and 4 pm.

All ages are welcome. Paper marbling workshop requires adult supervision for children under 12 years old. 


About Artists & Partners:

In collaboration with Iraqi Forum of Houston Inc., a selection of flavorful torshi samples, prepared by local chefs, will highlight different vegetables and spices used in this traditional food.

Mercedez Rex is an Austin-based artist who favors processes that allow for chance, unpredictability, and play. She began experimenting with surface design in textiles in 2013 and subsequently founded her eponymous business that offers a collection of accessories and home goods as well as events and workshops. Rex has been featured in VoyageAustin, Drew + Jonathan Reveal, and recently in Tribeza, as one of the “Best Art Workshops for Austin Creatives and Makers.”

Badie Khaleghian is an innovative composer and multimedia artist who has received national and international recognition for his work. Badie’s commitment to artist citizenry, equality, and inclusion is deeply rooted in his personal experience as a refugee and immigrant. Currently based in Houston, he is teaching, researching, and making art. His recent projects take an interdisciplinary approach to the neuroscience of music cognition, live brain sonification, and visualization.