Sara Rundgren Yazdani

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Media and Communication
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Sara R. Yazdani is PhD Candidate in Media Aesthetics at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo (2014-18). Her field of research is modern and contemporary art, media aesthetics, avant-garde art theory, media ecology, media archaeology and art and technology. She is currently writing a PhD on art, media and technology in the art historical time span of the 1990s and early 2000s where she explores art works in the light of certain ecological and environmental ways of thinking visual art. Her research also focuses on modern and contemporary art movements such as Fluxus, Land-art and the International Contructivists. 

In 2016 Yazdani was a guest researcher at Medienwissenschaft at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (invited by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst).


Yazdani helds a Master of Media Studies and History of Arts from the University of Oslo (2010-12) with a focus on modern and contemporary art, media, and technologies, and a Bachelor in Cultural Studies from Nottingham Trent University, UK (2007-10). She has previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Oslo, teaching in art and media, and a research assistant for the research project Media Aesthetics. Yazdani has also curated a various of different projects and exhibitions. 


In May she completed her PhD dissertation Photography in Flux: art, media, and ecologies in the works of Wolfgang Tillmans. The project was supervised by Ina Blom and Liv Hausken.

The doctoral dissertation examines images, media and ecologies in the field of contemporary art by investigating the works of the German artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Through the lens of media archaeology and perspectives of process philosophy, it critically asserts how and to what extent a social-ontological conceptualization of photography re-emerges in art at this particular time—a time when questions of agency, ‘nature’, sexual politics, and life itself unfold as photography enters its digital ‘mode of existence’. The study proposes that in the art historical time span of the 1990s and early 2000s, Wolfgang Tillmans explores photography not merely as representations, but also as diagram of forces that can connect different objects, bodies and forces to create collective alliances within the world. 

The study traces Tillmans's machines, one by one, and connects them and his works to earlier twentieth-century avant-garde art—Constructivist art, Dada, conceptual art, Fluxus, and Land art—where images and technologies have been explored as social, ecological beings, indicating the extent to which machines have the potential to mediate technical and natural processes. 

Tags: Art History, Media Aesthetics, Avantgarde, Media Archeology, Modern and Contemporary Art, 20th century, Art and Technology, Photography, Cybernetics, Environmental Studies


  • Yazdani, Sara R. (2017). Karl Larsson. Artforum International.  ISSN 1086-7058.
  • Yazdani, Sara R. (2017). Matias Faldbakken. Artforum International.  ISSN 1086-7058.
  • R. Yazdani, Sara (2016). Digital Flows.  ISSN 1504-0925.
  • Yazdani, Sara R. (2016). Benjamin Crotty. Artforum International.  ISSN 1086-7058.
  • Yazdani, Sara R. (2016). Eloquent Materials.  ISSN 1504-0925.
  • Yazdani, Sara R. (2016). Wolfgang Tillmans. Artforum International.  ISSN 1086-7058.
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (2015). Bodily Transformations: The Work of Marius Engh, In Bjarne Bare & Behzad Farazollahi (ed.),  New Scandinavian Photography.  Black Dog Publishing.  ISBN 9781910433096.  Chapter 4.
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren & Winterling, Susanne M. (2015). New Forms of Life: The Physicality and Poetics of Pictures. Objektiv. Tidskrift for kamerabasert kunst.  ISSN 1891-6198.
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (2014). Privata ögonblick: kropp och intimitet i Lina Scheynius fotografier. Objektiv. Tidskrift for kamerabasert kunst.  ISSN 1891-6198.

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  • Hausken, Liv; Haagensen, Trine Krigsvoll & Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (red.) (2014). Fra Terror til Overvåking. Vidarforlaget AS.  ISBN 978-82-7990-233-1.  320 s.

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  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (2015). Art Belongs to Those Who See It. Artforum International.  ISSN 1086-7058.
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (2015). En Taktil Värld.  ISSN 1504-0925.
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (2015). Objektets sociala process.  ISSN 1504-0925.
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (2015). Organiska Medier.  ISSN 1504-0925.
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (2014). En konceptuell utopi. Fett.  ISSN 1504-1921.
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (2014). Oslo, Norge: En samtale med Eivind Lentz, I: Liv Hausken; Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen & Sara Elina Rundgren Yazdani (red.),  Fra Terror til Overvåking.  Vidarforlaget AS.  ISBN 978-82-7990-233-1.  Kapittel 11.
  • Yazdani, Sara Elina Rundgren (2014). The Sculptural Body.

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