Ari (Mana) Saei is an independent Iranian-Canadian New Media Artist and XR Creator based in the Bay Area. She studied New Media and Sound Arts at Emily Carr University, and received her XR Development certificate from University of British Columbia. Ari completed an artist residency at VIVO Media Arts Center in 2022 as well. Her practice focuses on creating interactive and immersive audiovisual installations in 3D spaces. Currently, she is exploring the intersection of XR and human well-being. Since 2018 she has created art projects such as Arisa (art and wellness VR application), I’m Only Human (series of immersive audio-visual installations), The Platform (Multiplayer VR gallery space), Iran (AR installation about the liberation movement in Iran), Fall (VR video installation with binaural sound about climate change), The Room (digital game about the concept of loss), Forest (sonic painting about wildlife), Solitude (interactive audiovisual installation about the age of Covid), Father (interactive light installation about loss), and The Lockdown (virtual exhibition about the lockdown days). Ari has collaborated in other award-winning projects such as Wild Empathy, Dami and Falian VR animation video, Unceded Chiefs VR project, and etc. She also composes music and designs audio for games, videos and festivals. 



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