Mani Mehrvarz is a filmmaker, media artist, and one of the co-founding editors of MAST. He recieved his PhD in Media Study from the University at Buffalo in 2020 with a focus on materiality in media, and technologies of magnetic memory in the contexts of both media archaeology and object philosophy. Mehrvarz has taught courses in documentary, video art, and media theory at Department of Media Study, at UB since 2015. Currently, he is the founding director of the Buffalo Documentary Project, the design head and creative lead of the UB Arts Collaboratory, and the curator of Media-as-things Collective. Mehrvarz’s art practice with the moving-image goes beyond the conventional linear storytelling techniques and explores various forms of databased cinema, interactive documentary, and video mapping. His media installations and documentary films have been exhibited and screened worldwide since 2006.