Aydan Huseynli (b. 2002)

2024 BFA student in Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Based in Providence and NYC.

Aydan has shown work at NYC Design Week at ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2022 & 2023, the RISD Furniture Design Triennial, and the Gelman Gallery in the RISD Museum.  

For inquiries: ahuseynl@risd.edu / aydanh2002@gmail.com

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In the built world, materiality and heritage serve as traces of distant origins. These origins have become memory, a power used to suspend apparitions on both individual and cultural scales from disappearance. Walter Benjamin’s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction describes aura as a vitality experienced through a material’s primordial status—something only resembled in the pastiche of postmodern reproductions. Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation describes hyperreality as the blurring of reality and representation into an indistinguishable third. In Baudrillard's model of the simulacral world, primordial beings are phantoms haunting the hyperreal plane. Their memory entangles original with simulated, ritualistic with cinematic, and living with dead. A third realm of being emerges in between the primordial and the simulacral, vitalized by their mutually enlivening assemblage–a notion in Jane Bennett’s framework of material vitality emerging in situational assemblages from Vibrant Matter: a Political Ecology of Things. This “thirdness” resonates with the capacity for communicating the intangible through ontological disruption, explained in Eugene L. Arva’s Writing the Vanishing Real: Hyperreality and Magical Realism. In the absence of the real, Magical Realism creates a reality felt and understood through references–an elusive felt reality. It provides a space to navigate the inaccessibility that defines our mediated realities, identities, and memories. By harnessing notions of thirdness and felt-reality, I explore the devotion to unreachable origins and ‘authenticity’ that lingers in a space of contemporary mediation.

Aydan Huseynli (she/they)