Medrar Studio

Open Call

Medrar for Contemporary Art

24 March 2017 - 1 March 2024

 for Video Art and Experimental Film

Deadline for application submission: 1 April 2017
Workshop dates: 3 April – 7 May 2017

‘Myth’ is a word often used to describe cultural accounts that diverge from the prevailing logic of those societies that consider themselves founded on the rational and scientific. Technology is understood as aiding the idea of the progressive society, informing and enlightening its citizens and affording prosperity through efficiency.

Technology’s ability to remix reality, through the editing and the circulation of images, for instance, seems to have evolved from providing magical make-believe to challenging the very concept of truth. Who would’ve guessed that the renewed legitimisation of non-scientific accounts of reality would emerge from the stronghold of science itself!

For artists working with the moving image today, the context of their practice expanded fundamentally. Within this landscape of New Age Mythical production of meaning detached from any kind of historical relationship to facts, and from the expectations of authenticity and authority, what kind of possibilities may arise for the artist?

It may be that our sense of overview and control is potentially disappearing – but this sense might have been fictional in the first place. Lived myth is indistinguishable from facts. Only the myths of The Other appear fantastical and surreal.

The workshop will invite 5-8 Egyptian participants to develop their proposed concepts and Medrar will offer a budget to produce a video art/ experimental film.

Part of the workshop’s seminars and screenings are open for the public and will be announced here and on our social media networks.

We encourage applicants from outside Cairo to apply; Medrar is able to provide accommodation for one participant from outside Cairo during the month of the workshop.

Applicants must be willing to fully commit to the workshop four days per week between April 3 – May 7, and are required to attend lectures and sign up for one-on-one meetings with the workshop conductors, Mohamed Abdelkarim from Egypt and Anne Haaning from Denmark.

To apply, please fill in the form below and submit it before 1 April 2017. Only selected applicants will be notified.

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About the mentors

This workshop is organized by Medrar for Contemporary Art with the support of DEDI- Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute.