Workshop – Video Dystopia

Workshop – Video Dystopia

Open Call

Medrar for Contemporary Art

30 July 2017 - 17 August 2017

Video Dystopia
Image as a language in video art  A workshop led by Artist Ahmed El Shaer 

Dystopia is an imagined environment; its components are illogical, bad and unpleasant, and often tyrannical and unfamiliar. The same is applicable on animation practices, be it real or virtual, which do not fall under any fixed rules and are considered non-tamable.

Technology hybridization is when a video is collected and recollected, often in interactive constructions, alongside a huge variety of other media, such as: digital video, films, DVD, computer art, CD-ROMs, graphics, animation, and virtual reality that are used to form new artistic expressions and languages. Thus, it is not a pure film or a pure video.

We will pose the questions of ‘what is video art?’ and ‘what is the language of image?’ throughout this workshop. It also covers practical discoveries in the history of animation artists from the abstract methodologies of film since the 1920s, the avant-garde cinema of 1960, to this day and the evolution of video art and animation as an art medium.

The workshop tackles the techniques of using camera, texts, animation, virtual reality, video games and graphics for producing artworks through the linguistic characteristics of the image within a video. We will discuss means of producing a video image and its process in a way that allows adding new poetics of image and construction. During the course of the workshop, we will produce a series of new works using methodologies that you can apply to your artistic practices.

The workshop targets the students of arts and emerging new media artists and filmmakers.

The workshop will be held daily in Medrar Sunday 30 July 2017 to Thursday 17 August 2017 from 5 to 8 pm.

A two-week group exhibition will be held by the end of the workshop to exhibit the output artworks.

Workshop guests: Shady el Noshokaty, Mohamed Abdel Kerim, and Hany Rshed.

Conditions for participation:

  • Filling in the application form (the application at the bottom of the page).
  • No specific age or experience is required, but it is preferable for the participant to have a minimal expertise in drawing and painting.
  • Participants shall bring their own laptops.
  • Availability on workshop days for two weeks and committing to attending all daily sessions, except on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8 pm.
  • Paying workshop fees at Medrar after receiving the acceptance email, maximum on Thursday 27 July 2017 (500 EGP).
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable after the commencing of the workshop.
  • The selection of works to be exhibited will be made by the organizers.

For submission, please fill the below application.

Deadline for submitting applications: Tuesday 25 July 2017. Selected participants will be notified on Wednesday 26 July 2017 maximum.

Address: 7 Gamal El Din Abou El Mahasen St. Garden City, 1st Floor, Apt.4, Cairo, Egypt, 11519

Tel: (+2) 02 27957714


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