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Hydrogen Senior Project Exhibition

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May 2014 Sharjah Art Gallery, American University in Cairo, Cairo "Hydrogen" is the 2014 senior student exhibition of the American University in Cairo's Visual Cultures Program. The exhibition presents seventeen projects produced throughout the year and is curated by Visual Artist and AUC Professor Shady Elnoshokaty. The theme for this year's exhibition is Hydrogen, a basic element whose transformative capacities make it the substance of the most destructive weapon humankind has created: the hydrogen bomb. But it is also a source of life—water, electricity and engine power—that materially sustain the world. It is in this sense that hydrogen intersects with ...

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Hassan Khan in Conversation with Mohamed Abdelkarim

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April-May 2014 Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), Cairo For his first major solo show in Egypt in over ten years, Medrar.TV invited artist and filmmaker Mohamed Abdelkarim to discuss with Hassan Khan the exhibition and development of his practice over the past two decades. Khan is among the major Egyptian contemporary artists, writers  and musicians and was jury head at the 54th Venice Biennale. The exhibition was curated by Beth Stryker of the Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research (CLUSTER), and was held at four shopfronts on the Kodak Passageway in downtown Cairo. The shops  were re-designed to host 21 works ...

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London Palestine Film Festival (28 November - 11 December, 2014)

From November 28th to December 11th 2014, the London Palestine Film Festival (LPFF) returns with the finest new docs, dramas, and shorts on and from the region. Festival programme: palestinefilm.org  The two week programme, at the Barbican Cinema and University of London venues, showcases over 40 international titles accompanied by director Q&As, panel discussions, and research presentations. Along with hard-hitting docs and political thrillers, audiences can expect comedies, family-friendly adventures, and stoner capers to rub shoulders with the archival and the avant-garde. The Festival opens with the UK Premiere of Najwa Najjar’s Eyes of a Thief – ...

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Alaa Abd El Hamid: Visual Lab Rats

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June - July 2014 Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo Cairo-based sculptor Alaa Abd El Hamid attempts to incorporate viewers into his latest exhibition. Through a series of mirrored objects, placed around the gallery space, a photograph and a laser show, he hopes they would reflect on their relation to their surrounding and one another. The shape of the pyramid is a recurring motif in the exhibition as Abd El Hamid notes in this video interview. The artist wished to explore how the ancient Egyptian civilization might have developed this shape had it persisted.

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Samir Nabil (Object Obscure)

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February 2014 Alexandria, Egypt Object Obscure is a music project/band fronted by Alexandrian musician and sound engineer Samir Nabil. His music is guitar-based, utilizing live looping and other sound layering and manipulating techniques, using various guitar effect pedals, while maintaining a strong melodic content. Nabil started his music career by composing Indie music and pop and moved on to instrumental. In addition to the tracks he publishes on his soundcloud, Nabil occasionally performs live, particularly his project ‘Set of Experiences’, where he plays in sync with selected videos by Alexandrian filmmakers Islam Kamal, Emad Maher, Abdallah Sharkas and ...

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Book Launch Event--Creative Refuge: Art-based Research Workshops with Children in Palestinian Refugee Camps (Beirut, 10 October 2014)

Creative Refuge book launch

 Febrik requests the pleasure of your company at the launch of: Creative Refuge  A publication edited by Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri.  Published by Tadween publishing – 2014.

 Friday 10th October, 6.30–8.30pm at T-Marbouta café
 Hamra Square Center, Hamra Str, Beirut. Creative Refuge brings forward the experience of three workshops (2003-2005) working with children at Beit Atfal Assomoud, Burj El Barajne Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. The workshops explored children’s Dream and Play practices in relation to living within the urban dense conditions of the camps, and the ...

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The Legacy of Turkish in the Armenian Diaspora

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There we sat, the proverbial Turk and Armenian, at neighboring tables in a university student center in New Jersey. My back to his, I drew my eyes out of the book I was reading to concentrate on the voice behind me. The gliding vowels of Turkish always sound familiar in the split second it takes for my brain to mark the language as unknown. As the man shouted into his cellphone, unaware of the aspiring eavesdropper nearby, a surge of recognition startled me each time I managed to catch a hiç or a hemen. These words were, after all, part of my language too. That was the microcosmic encounter between two nations notoriously divided: a non-conversation through a handful of ...

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Fourth Annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival: October 2-5, 2014

The Arab Studies Institute is happy to announce it's sponsorship of the 2014 DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS  2014 Program of Films and Events:    Thursday October 2, 2014: Stories for Justice: Visualizing Palestine Exhibit and Opening Reception  Join us for the opening reception of the fourth annual DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival, featuring the work of Vizualizing Palestine. Visualizing Palestine uses creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel, otherwise known as infographics. It has produced infographics on the…Read more 6:30pm-9:30pm @ ...

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When Your Name is on the Blacklist

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[The Gallatin School of New York University invited Amjad Nasser, one of the major poets of the Arab world, to inaugurate its Gallatin Global Writers series on 30 September. On 27 September, US Homeland Security at Heathrow, London, interrogated Nasser and prevented him from boarding the plane without giving any reason. The bilingual reading will take place as scheduled in protest of this occurrence. Nasser will join from London via Skype. The following is the essay Nasser wrote after the incident. It is translated by Sinan Antoon] When Your Name is on the “Blacklist” Amjad Nasser I read once that the number of names on the American “blacklist” is around one million. ...

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Excavating the Sky

[Damascus Sky, 1925. Image courtesy of Khaled Malas.]

[Between 12-14 August 2014 at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, architects, filmmakers, and activists from Syria and the Arab World, gathered for a series of events focused on Syria and the production of its landscape from before the First World War until today. Using the multidisciplinary and live context of Monditalia—curated by the Biennale’s director Rem Koolhaas and architect Ippolito Pestellini—Syrian architect Khaled Malas organized the project “Excavating the Sky.” Jadaliyya features below Malas’ project description as well as selected images from the Biennale’s booklet entitled Excavating the Sky.] This project seeks to explore the ...

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On Dead and Living Characters

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Maha George is a young Iraqi Christian woman from Baghdad in her early twenties. I came to know Maha and her family quite well three and a half years ago. She was studying medicine in Baghdad at the time, but had no plans for staying in Iraq. She, like so many, no longer believed that Iraq was her country and planned on immigrating as soon as she finished her studies. The recent events in Mosul and the catastrophic fate of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis (Christians, Yazidis, Shabak, and others) have confirmed all of Maha’s fears about the fate of her co-religionists in Iraq. She and her family had already experienced similar dynamics in Baghdad in the past decade: ...

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Muhammad Abduh: A Profile from the Archives

[Public intellectual Muhammad Abduh]

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Muhammad Abduh son of Hussein Khair-Allah Date of Birth: 1849 Place of Birth: Born to a prominent rural family in the village of Mahellet Nasr, Beheira Governorate, in the Nile Delta region of Upper Egypt, during a time when farmers suffered from heavy taxes and unjust laws imposed upon them by ...

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Citizenfour: Laura Poitras’ Documentary on Edward Snowden (Video Trailer)

The following trailer is for Laura Poitras' Citizefour, which is scheduled for release on 24 October 2014.  

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Call for Applicants: Director of Women and Gender Studies (American University of Beirut)

The American University of Beirut invites applicants for a position in gender and sexuality studies, preferably at the associate or full professor level, to begin fall 2015. The successful applicant will serve as director of the new Women and Gender Studies Program at the American University of Beirut and work to coordinate the development of gender and sexuality studies as a specific research concentration, as well as a transdisciplinary formation distributed across multiple departments and faculties. ...

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Hashem L Kelesh

 Egyptian visual artist and musician, Hashem L Kelesh's online presence is even stronger than in the real world. He studied art history and musical composition online, on his own. And he continues to do so, substituting for Egypt's archaic formal art education programs.  From his flat in suburban Cairo, Kelesh has also been drawing, painting, making music and posting it all online. When it came to his street art, he handed out his stencil designs for others to spray on the city ...

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المنفى يُولد الآن

  المنفى يُولد الآن               وأنْتِ في أنْفاسي أشعرُ أنني تمثالُ ثَلْجٍ على مدخل دمشق، عيناه مُطْبقتان أنفه يتنفّس الغضب أذناه متآلفتان مع ضجيج الموت فمه عاجزٌ عن النّطق يحاول أن يقول: أيتها الثلوج الدم منفيٌّ

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حل لغز كتابة رُقَم دير علا من القرن الثالث عشر قبل الميلاد

يقع (تل دير علا) في الأغوار الوسطى شرقي نهر الأردن.  وفي الرابع عشر من إبريل 1964 أعلن H.J. Franken  مدير حفريات هذا التل عن اكتشاف عدد من الرقم الطينية في الموقع تعود إلى نهاية العصر البرونزي المتأخر، أي إلى نهايات القرن الثالث عشر ق.م. ثلاث من هذه الرقم تحمل كتابة خطت على اللوح الطيني ساعة كان طريا. أما الباقي فقد كان يحمل مجرد نقاط لا يعرف معناها، وإن كان بعضهم يعتقد أنها أرقام حسابية. اللغة التي كتبت بها هذه (النقوش) ظلت غير معروفة، كما ألفباؤها ظلت عصية حتى الآن. وفي حفريات عام 1994 و2004 ...

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Call for Applicants: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic (George Mason University)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic The George Mason University, Department of Modern and Classical Languages (Fairfax, Va.) invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic beginning August 2015.  Department: Modern/Classical Languages Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check Job Category: Instructional or Research Faculty Role (State) Job Title: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic Working Title: Tenure-Track Assistant ...

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Maha Maamoun: Lingering in Vicinity

February - March 2014 Gypsum Gallery, Cairo Maha Maamoun's solo exhibition at Gypsum Gallery brings together two works she produced within the span of ten years. Cairoscapes (2003) is a series of large-scale horizontal photographs and Shooting Stars Remind me of Eavesdroppers (2013) is Maamoun’s most recent single-channel video. Seen together, the two works propose aesthetic, formal, and conceptual threads that run through Maamoun’s practice. Maamoun’s videos and photographs often ...

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Displaced Intentions

Write Down, I Am an Arab, directed by Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin. Israel/Palestine, 2014. Borrowing the opening line of one of Mahmoud Darwish’s most famous poems, “Identity Card,” filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin titled her latest documentary Write Down, I Am an Arab. The film, which had its world premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival in April of this year, is described as a biographical portrait of the poet who became the voice of Palestinian people. However, in her director’s statement, the ...

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El Rass

November 2013 Beirut, Lebanon Over the past three years, Mazen El Sayed, aka El Rass, has risen to the forefront of the contemporary Arab hip-hop scene. He stood out, along with a few others, for his focus on the Arabic language and poignant criticism of contemporary societies. Whereas hip-hop might have been his starting point, El Rass (meaning The Head) managed to expand beyond it to other genres, and is quick to assert that he is not limited by any one of them.  In late 2013, Medrar.TV visited ...

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Ghassan Salhab: Making of 'The Valley'

November 2013 Al Beqaa, Lebanon In November, Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab was busy with his crew, filming 'The Valley', the second film in his triptych inspired by long suffering in Lebanon's modern history, which he compares to feelings of an eminent apocalypse. The film was shot on a vine farm in Al Beqaa region on the border with Syria. In this video interview, Salhab talks of his conceptual approaches to filmmaking in general and in relation to 'The Valley' which premiered at the ...

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Mehdi Haddab

April 2014 Falaki Theater, Cairo Mehdi Haddab is an Algerian French musician, and a pioneer of the electric oud (lute). Over the years, he’s played a major role in developing and adapting the instrument to different music genres. Haddab is known in the West as “Jimi Hendrix of the electric oud” for his masterful performances. He founded several band including Ikova, DuOud and Speed Caravan and has collaborated with prominent musicians, including Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In April, Haddab ...

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Open Letter to the Brooklyn Book Festival re Israeli Sponsorship

[The following open letter is being ciruclated in protest of the Brooklyn Book Festival's partnership with the Israeli Office of Cultural Affairs in New York to sponsor Assaf Gavrons participation in the festival.] Tell the Brooklyn Book Festival to no longer accept partnerships with the Israeli government or complicit institutions. To the Brooklyn Book Festival Inc. and the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council: We, the undersigned, including participants and exhibitors at the Brooklyn Book ...

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