MEDRX EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM –SEPTEMBER 2023

Extended reality is an umbrella term for computer-generated environments that merge the physical and virtual worlds or create an entirely virtual experience for users.

As technology continues to advance At a rate that is exponential, artists have more opportunities than ever before to explore new mediums and express their creativity in innovative ways. Modern digital art provides a wealth of opportunities to create stunning visuals and interactive experiences, from virtual reality to augmented reality, 3D printing to generative algorithms. Whether working with traditional mediums or pushing the boundaries of what is possible with new tools and techniques, artists are always seeking new ways to experiment and push the limits of what is possible in the world of modern digital art. The possibilities are endless, and it is an exciting time for artists to explore new mediums and redefine what it means to create art in the digital age.

Through the day, we’re going to talk about what’s happening currently in ‘Medrar’ in the following weeks and discuss the workshops and events that’ll be happening soon.

Schedule for the day:

● Watching previous VR works and talking about the potential this medium offers.

● Showcasing the diversity of equipment at our disposal and how can we experiment with them in creating new worlds

● Discussing important concepts like 360 filmmaking and spatial audio.

● Other workshops and events like our live creative coding sessions and projection mapping shows.

Orientation Session date: Tuesday, 12 September 11:59 PM

* Attendance is free of charge, first come served.

**Registeration is a must for attendance.


This workshop is designed for beginners and for all those interested in exploring the world of VR who don’t have any previous experience. You can apply to these four sessions to learn the basics of making and practicing virtual reality and about the different technologies, software, and headsets. Using one of the most powerful XR & game engines, Unity3D, we’ll explore the software interface and create VR environments, different types of movements, and interactions.

Workshop Requirements:

Bring your own laptop that is capable of running Unity software

Workshop Outcomes & Objectives:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of VR technology and its potential.
  • Familiarize yourself with using Unity for VR development.
  • Create your own immersive VR environments.
  • Learn to implement diverse types of movements and interactions.
  • Discover the endless possibilities of Virtual Reality!
  • Getting introduced to the MedRX portal.

Workshop Dates: 26 September, Tuesday – 28 September, Thursday – 1 October, Sunday – and 3 October, Tuesday).

Fees: 1500 EGP

We will contact the selected participants to proceed with the reservation.

OPEN CALL – COLOR GRADING WORKSHOP with Ahmed Abo El-Fadl

We are pleased to announce The Film and Video Coloring Workshop at Medrar Studio with Ahmed Abo El-Fadl.

The workshop aims to assist artists and colorists in their first experiences by providing the necessary education, advice, and support in a productive environment that enables them to experiment, learn, evaluate and improve the appearance of their final product.

The workshop starts on Tuesday, May 2, until Thursday, May 18, from 5 pm – 8 pm. Each participant will be granted two sessions to work on their projects individually at Medrar Studio.

Workshop Schedule:

Session 1:

● Introduction to the role of the colorist.

● Primary color grading.


Session 2:

● Secondary color Grading.

● Matching 2 Shots.


Session 3:

● Dissecting any film look.

● How to develop the look of your film.

● Color Harmony and color palette.

● Formats and codecs.

● Mastering.


Session 4:

● One-on-one sessions for each project.

Requirements for participation:

  • Fill out in the application form: https://forms.gle/sEiEEqn18KSDZeTd9
  • Experience in filmmaking is preferable but not mandatory.
  • Working on a current project is preferable, but not mandatory.
  • Each participant should bring a highly efficient personal laptop capable of running the final version of the Da Vinci Reserve program during the workshop. You can download the program from the following link: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/whatsnew
  • Payment of the Workshop fee, 3,000 Egyptian pounds, at Madrar before Thursday, April 27.
  • *The workshop fee can be paid in two installments (end of April + end of May). **The number is limited, provided that the number of workshop participants is a maximum of 6 participants

Deadline for submission on Wednesday 26 April

Accepted applicants will be notified via email.

OPEN CALL – NAEMA’S OFFICE IS BLEEDING 5

Medrar is hosting the 5th edition of  “Naema’s office is bleeding” led by artist Hany Rashed and Co-facilitated by artist Mona Essam ELDin. Throughout its past editions, the workshop has been a space enabling research and experimentation in methods of visual expression and the discovery of various painting and collage techniques .The workshop program also provides the opportunity to meet many guest artists who will share with workshop participants their experience and participate in group discussions.

Tik Tok appeared in the Covid period at the beginning of 2020, resulting in a huge circulation of videos with a variety of content, underlying the influential edge of moving images over still images. The 5th edition of Naema’s office is bleeding is interested in transforming videos into images and turning them into a new artistic product that echoes the current moment.       

The workshop invites the participants to create collage compositions by exploring the potential of collage techniques and combining an array of materials including drawing, painting media, photography, paper, cardboard and magazine clippings. A variety of topics will be addressed during the workshop where the first phase will be dedicated to Tiktok Images and the following 4 days will be dedicated to the development of the participants’ personal projects.

The collage process will be based on quick decision-making and consist of a transformative practice of re-creation. In the course of collage making, images will be selected from a diversity of traditional and contemporary sources – photography, paintings and internet imagery -and rearranged to create new relationships, at times complementing each other at others conflicting. Encouraged to produce a multiplicity of works in a short time, the artists will take different approaches to deconstruct, modify and juxtapose components to identify possible ways for the imagery to evolve and develop their own language.

The workshop activities will be articulated in different interventions of experts  – artists and gallerists—in the field of contemporary visual arts. The lectures will touch on matters related to the Egyptian contemporary scene, pricing of artworks methodologies, gallerists’ parameters for artworks selection, showcasing and curation criteria, and will give the participants the opportunity to share experiences and discuss with artists the development of their projects. 

The workshop will kick off on Saturday May 6 and run until Monday May 15, From 12pm to 4pm. The works created will be exhibited in a 2-week showcase from Monday, May 21st to Saturday, June 3. For the participants to gain experience with selling, all the works displayed will be on sale at symbolic prices.  The workshop organizers will be in charge of selecting the works to be exhibited and their selling price. 

The workshop is led by Artist Hany Rashed and co-facilitated by Artist Mona Essam.

Requirements for participation:

  • Filling in the application form: https://forms.gle/jgHn8HTcHYDwoMaW8
  • No specific age or experience is required, but it is preferable for the participant to have minimal expertise in drawing and painting. 
  • The workshop participation fee is 2500 EGP. Upon receiving acceptance by email, the workshop fee can be paid at Medrar. The deadline for paying the fee is the first day of the workshop, Thursday, April 27 2023.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable after commencing of the workshop
  • The materials including cardboards, colors and glue, are provided by the organizers. The participants are required to bring 5 magazines each, scissors and different size small brushes (2, 4 and 6 inches) as well as calque papers and markers. 
    * * All applicants must pay a 500 EGP advance by Vodafone Cash immediately after completing the form, sending the payment receipt and the participant’s name in the Madrar e-mail. The form is void if the payment has not been made within 4 days from the date of registration.

Accepted Applicants will be notified by email on Sunday 23rd of April

Visual Identity: Heba Tarek

EXTENDED ECOLOGIES: XR RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION LAB

Extended Ecologies is a one-year, joint programme between Medrar in Cairo and the Critical Media Lab (CML) in Basel that aims to create and reflect the ways that extended reality (XR) technologies can transform our relationship with physical environments, and so ourselves and other beings. XR is not only to be used as a tool of mediation, augmentation or ornamentation but is also a tool for reflection and re-creation, a method of transformative research as well as a means of production. 

The capacities of immersive and surround media to artistically and creatively translate space, place, and evoke empathy and so potentially care, for places of concern and communities of practice, are foregrounded. In its formats, the program is able to bridge gaps between research and production, ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ spaces and problems, as well as facilitate the ongoing dialogue between Egyptian and Swiss and central European artists.  

Extended Ecologies aims to reflect and explore new possibilities of thinking and being in environments, in relation to their ecologies. The ways we relate to ourselves and to the world  call for focus on the transformative qualities of XR, and how the experiences it enables can alter our relationships to worlds, world-building and the environment we transform and inhabit. We are interested in issues related to the environment, climate change and ecology that can be explored in relation to the technologies of extended reality while sometimes using XR tools. 

By promoting research on ecological topics, alongside experimentation with XR digital technologies and artistic practices, the Extended Realities project invites us to question the role of practitioners, artists, researchers and people facing changes to their real habitats and landscapes. These altered realities will of course alter our extensions.

The Extended Ecologies consists of 2 phases:

1- Research Labs: Ecologies and Migrations  (February-March 2023)

2- Production Lab followed by an exhibition (July-August 2023) 

Phase 1 – Research Labs:

RESEARCH LAB 1: ECOLOGIES

How can XR spaces become useful in the healing and caring for real environments and ecologies? Are there ways in which the new worldings that XR brings into play can help us understand the relations of existing physical beings, and how they scaffold one another’s existence and life?

The Extended Ecologies Research Lab: Ecologies. The participants from Egypt and Switzerland are:

  • Esraa Elfeky (Egypt) – Ecologies. 
  • Hoda El Safty (Egypt) – Ecologies. 
  • Iman Aram (Switzerland) – Ecologies and Migrations. 
  • Leoni Voegelin (Switzerland) – Ecologies and Migrations. 
  • Maryam Fallah (Switzerland) – Ecologies and Migrations. 
  • Noha Essam (Egypt) – Ecologies. 
  • Sabah Elhadid (Egypt) – Ecologies. 
  • Ton Cortiella Valls (Switzerland) – Ecologies.

RESEARCH LAB 2: MIGRATIONS 

How could XR technologies be used to interrogate the notion of ‘borders’, ‘migration’, fringes, edges, or outskirts of territories. As a theme in classical VR and XR projects, this idea of a ‘land outside’ is to be explored in terms of its relation to actual migration crises, movements and borders in Europe and North Africa, and beyond.

The participants of the Extended Ecologies Research Lab: Migrations. The participants from Egypt and Switzerland are:

  • Agnes Michalczyk (Egypt) – Migrations
  • Dina Jereidini (Egypt)  – Migrations
  • Shrouk El Hariry (Egypt)  – Migrations
  • Farida Serag (Egypt) – Migrations
  • Iman Aram (Switzerland) – Ecologies and Migrations 
  • Leoni Voegelin (Switzerland) – Ecologies and Migrations
  • Maryam Fallah (Switzerland) – Ecologies and Migrations
  • Marwa BenHalim (Egypt)  – Migrations
  • Nadim El Hady (Switzerland) – Migrations
  • Omar Adel (Egypt)  – Migrations
  • Rayene Jemaa (Switzerland) – Migrations 



THE PUBLICATION

A publication titled “Extended Ecologies 2022-2023: XR Research & Production Lab” was made in print (it’s available for immediate purchase) and digital versions. The publication comprised the following research outcomes from the research lab:

To the Outlier, Refiguring is a Daily Practice by Dina Jereidini & Shorouk El Hariry

Curating Earth by Rayane Jemaa

Else-Scene in Anthropocene by Noha Essam

Heterotopic Pastures – Framing Land by Noha Essam

Embracing the Complexity of Identity by Nadim Elhady

Critical Urban Design Based on AI/VR Tools by Maryam Fallah

Beyond the End of the World by Leoni Voegelin

On Fake Nature and Manufactured Authenticity by Farida Serageldin Kamel

Cabinet of Curiosities by Agnes Michalczyk

How Can We Reflect on the Real World Issues and Alternatives through Virtual Reality Either as a Probable World or an Environment to Depict/Visualize Abstract Phenomena? by Esraa Elfeky, Iman Aram, Marwa Benhalim, Sabah Elhadid, and Omar Adel.

Visual identity by Tasneem Tawheed

VIDEO MAPPING WORKSHOP (FLXER & MEDRAR)

Dates: 4, 5 and 6 December 2022

Timings: 6pm to 9pm

In the framework of our ongoing collaboration with Flyer and VAF for the Fantomas Lab, we invite you to apply to our upcoming Mapping Workshop which will take place in parallel to the Fantomas exhibition. The workshop will be led by the artist duo FLxER, which is made up of Gianluca Del Gobbo and Elisa Antonacci.

It will consist of a theory and practice workshop on the technology and software used for Video Mapping performance. Video content adaptation to irregular and non-flat surfaces and architecture with different softwares, using one or more projectors managed from the same computer. A guide to static and animated content creation according to each participant’s competence.

Video Mapping is a video projection technique that virtually transforms any surface on a screen. It’s a closed territory in which art, architecture and technology converge at new expressive forms

that temporarily changes our spaces and objects’ classical perception.

Video Mapping is a technique that transforms video projection into a single performance, exploiting surfaces’ features and space that host its particularities. Projection’s various techniques will be put into practice (on urban surfaces, on objects, into theatres,

during events, etc.) using MadMapper, the main software for Windows and Mac, with insights on Millumin and Resolume; particular focus will be dedicated to guiding content creation. You will learn to manage video elements for theatrical performance, stage design, video installation and VJ-ing, connecting space to music and video.

Requirements:

  • Participants have to bring their own laptops with installed Resolume Arena (https://resolume.com/download/), no previous knowledge is required.
  • Experience with any photos and vector graphic editor (such as Photoshop, Gimp, Illustrator), 3D and animation software is a plus.

To apply please fill the form below:

Workshop Fee: 500 EGP

OPEN CALL – EXTENDED ECOLOGIES

EXTENDED ECOLOGIES – OPEN CALL

Phase One: Research Labs

Deadline for applications: 30 November 2022

RESEARCH LAB 1: ECOLOGIES 
Lab duration: 1 sunset session and 1 full day + 4 weekly meetings
Lab days: First week of February 2023
Location: Online (hybrid) 

RESEARCH LAB 2: MIGRATION  Lab duration: 1 sunset session and 1 full day + 4 weekly meetings
Lab days: Second week of February 2023
Location: Online (hybrid)

Medrar for Contemporary Art and Critical Media Lab Basel (CML) are thrilled to announce the first phase of the programme EXTENDED ECOLOGIES, The RESEARCH LABS. 

Extended Ecologies is a one-year, joint programme between Medrar* in Cairo and the Critical Media Lab (CML) in Basel that aims to create and reflect the ways that extended reality (XR) technologies can transform our relationship with physical environments, and so ourselves and other beings. XR is not only to be used as a tool of mediation, augmentation or ornamentation but is also a tool for reflection and re-creation, a method of transformative research as well as a means of production.
The capacities of immersive and surround media to artistically and creatively translate space, place, and evoke empathy and so potentially care, for places of concern and communities of practice, are foregrounded. In its formats, the programme is able to bridge gaps between research and production, ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ spaces and problems, as well as facilitate the ongoing dialogue between Egyptian and Swiss and central European artists. 

Extended Ecologies aims to reflect and explore new possibilities of thinking and being in environments, in relation to their ecologies. The ways we relate to ourselves and to the world  call for focus on the transformative qualities of XR, and how the experiences it enables can alter our relationships to worlds, world-building and the environment we transform and inhabit. We are interested in issues related to the environment, climate change and ecology that can be explored in relation to the technologies of extended reality while sometimes using XR tools. 

By promoting research on ecological topics, alongside experimentation with XR digital technologies and artistic practices, the Extended Realities project invites us to question the role of practitioners, artists, researchers and people facing changes to their real habitats and landscapes. These altered realities will of course alter our extensions.

The Extended Ecologies consists of 3 phases:
-2 Research Labs (February-March 2023)
-1 Production Workshop followed by an exhibition (April-August 2023) 
-XR performances series (December 2023) 


THE RESEARCH LABS: 
Extended Ecologies’ first stage consists of Research Labs hosted by groups and mentors at the Critical Media Lab Basel, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. Research Labs are held online and offline, involving in-situ communities both in Egypt (Medrar) and in Switzerland (CML), and includes 8 core researchers and/or art practitioners (4 Swiss-based and 4 Egyptian-based). The labs culminate in a compendium of research results, released publically, and as interactive publication. 

The culminative interactive publication comprises research resources as well as materials developed by researchers and art practitioners The interactive publication will take on different forms and be experienced through navigation or as a virtual publication. Navigation through web-art interactive online platforms, or motion-capture interactions (ex. Kinect) & VR headsets where participants can navigate through the publication resources in various ways, are all possible.

RESEARCH LAB 1: Ecologies
How can XR spaces become useful in the healing and caring for real environments and ecologies? Are there ways in which the new worldings that XR brings into play can help us understand the relations of existing physical beings, and how they scaffold one another’s existence and life?

How these will take place: 
Each Research Lab is comprised of 1.5 days of activities divided into 2 sessions (one afternoon/sunset session + one full day) followed by 3/4 follow-up meetings in the following weeks.

RESEARCH LAB 2: MIGRATIONS 
How could XR technologies be used to interrogate the notion of ‘borders’, ‘migration’, fringes, edges, or outskirts of territories. As a theme in classical VR and XR projects, this idea of a ‘land outside’ is to be explored in terms of its relation to actual migration crises, movements and borders in Europe and North Africa, and beyond. 

How these will take place:
Each Research Lab is comprised of 1.5 days of activities divided in 2 sessions (one afternoon/sunset session + one full day) followed by 3/4 follow-up meetings in following weeks.

About guests: 
The programme is supported by a growing community of artists and critical thinkers who are approaching similar questions, including the prospective involvement of:

http://vnlab.filmschool.lodz.pl/en/autor/adnan-hadzi/

http://vnlab.filmschool.lodz.pl/en/autor/adnan-hadzi/

 
GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS: 

– The call is open to artists and researchers from Egypt and Switzerland from different disciplines willing to explore their practice in relation to XR technologies and environmental matters. 

-Applicants have the choice of applying for one research lab or for both, by selecting the preferred option in the application form. We encourage applicants to participate in both labs, and preference will be given to people who can commit to the whole Extended Ecologies programme (Research Labs + Production Lab). 

-Preference will be given to participants who have some experience working with any programming languages, 3D modelling software, 3D creation tools, VR, AR, audiowalks, or any other tools that fall under a broad definition of XR. 

-The Research Labs will be held in English. Therefore, a good level of spoken and written English is required

-Participants must have their own laptops and the ability to run the required programmes

-The applicants are required to submit a brief concept they are interested in researching and developing throughout the Research Lab. 

– Applicants can support their application with multimedia content relevant to the application proposal 

– The selection criteria of participants prioritise the relevance of the participants’ proposed concepts to the content of the selected Research Lab. 

– The participants have the option to work in groups or individually

– Upon completion of their research papers within the set deadlines, the participants will be provided with a participation fee. 

– To apply, the applicants are required to fill in the application form with all the required material and information. Applications missing any required information will not be considered 


To apply, fill in this form: https://forms.gle/7CJ2KRBUJB8PTjQh8 
All applicants will be notified via email, no later than December 31, 2022
For inquiries, please contact info@medrar.org and copy mariana.tilly@fhnw.ch 
Extended Ecologies is organised by Medrar for Contemporary Art and Critical Media Lab (CML) with the support of Pro Helvetia Cairo. 


*This project falls under Medrar’s recently launched MedRX -XR Portal umbrella project,  a long-term programme that champions the creation of counter-narratives that reimagine our world and alter our understanding of global and local matters. It strives to bridge the gap between alternative artistic research and production by facilitating and developing labs, workshops, exchanges, lectures, exhibitions, and events. It is open to all artists, cultural practitioners, and creators from different disciplines interested in enriching their artistic practices by experimenting with cutting-edge technologies and reflecting on what possibilities emerge from this intersection. To know more: https://www.medrar.org/projects/medrx/ 


Medrar for Contemporary Art acts as a springboard for an ever growing independent community of visual artists, filmmakers and multidisciplinary artists. Through its projects, it boosts experimentation at the intersection of visual arts, filmmaking and technology. By facilitating and cultivating non-traditional methods for experimentation, reflection, production and curation, it intends to disseminate artistic practices that go beyond academic methods and connect artists in the country and with their international peers with the aim to multiply formats of collaboration.

The CRITICAL MEDIA LAB (CML) is a community, a space and a platform for research and practice at the intersections of design, media, art and technology, situated in Basel (CH). We combine perspectives and methods of history, anthropology, sociology, media studies, cultural studies and political science.
https://criticalmedialab.ch/

Visual identity by Tasneem Tawheed

XR WORKSHOPS SERIES

MedRX portal is launching a series of workshops introducing the techniques used in the extended reality technologies: VR, AR, and Creative Coding. These three mini-workshops will be implemented in the program separately.

The program will give you a practical insight into the usage of these mediums, the software & hardware used in each, as well as how to apply this knowledge to your own projects after the workshops.

The main aim of the program is to build a well-equipped community of artists, designers, and creators from various fields to broaden their practices by the usage of technology as a tool.

With the contribution of guest artists & instructors from different backgrounds in each of the workshops.

Each workshop will run for 3 days covering all essential topics to enable participants to be confident continuing working on their projects & ideas.

For details on the schedule, deadlines for each workshop, and fees please read below, and wait for more details on each workshop in the upcoming updates.

About the VR workshop:

This workshop is designed for beginners and for those interested in exploring the world of VR and who don’t have any previous experience. You can apply to these three sessions to learn the basics of making and practicing Virtual reality and learn about the different technologies, software and headsets, with the collaboration of 412Labs instructors.

Day 1: Introduction to VR technology, an introduction to Unity3D interface, creating VR environments & materials.

Day 2: 412Labs instructor will introduce techniques of locomotion (movement & teleportation) in VR

Day 3: Session about the methods of interaction with objects.

By the end of the sessions, participants will be able to build & experience their projects on the headsets.

Workshop Requirements:

  • Bring your own laptop that is capable of running Unity software
  • Workshop Outcomes & Objectives:
  • Learning to use a very powerful program & game engine (Unity3D).
  • Being able to start your own VR Unity projects.
  • Joining a great community of art & technology enthusiasts.
  • Getting introduced to the MedRX portal.

Dates: 17, 18, 20 October (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) From 5 – 9 PM

Deadline for applications: 15 October at 11:59 PM

Fees: 800 EGP

We will contact the selected participants to proceed with the reservation.

About Creative Coding workshop:

This 3 day workshop is dedicated to introducing creative coding and its implementation in graphic design and the interactivity that can be included.

Dates: 24,25, 27 October (Monday, Tuesday,Thursday) From 5 – 9

Location: Medrar (Offline)

Deadline for applications: 22 November at 11:59 PM

Fees: 800 EGP

We will contact the selected participants to proceed with the reservation.

About the AR workshop:

Augmented reality is deeply implemented in our lives, and has huge potential especially due to the accessibility of its hardware – a smartphone. Therefore the participants will be able to practically create images and interactions. Guest speaker Agnes Michalczyk (The Mozza) will share some of her work and talk about her methods of creating AR through the workshop.

Dates: 13,14, 16 November (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday) From 5 – 9

Location: Medrar (Offline)

Deadline for applications: 10 November at 11:59 PM

Fees: 800 EGP

We will contact the selected participants to proceed with the reservation.

Application form below.

*Some of the sessions will be held in English, so a decent knowledge of the language is required

**You can apply for all/any of the 3 workshops. (Applying for 2 of the workshops grants a discount of 20% on the total fee and applying for 3 of the workshops grants a discount of 30% ) 

OPEN CALL – FANTOMAS

DEADLINE: Saturday, 1 October 2022

Lab Duration: 4 days a week from 5 October to  2 December 2022
Lab Days: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Lab Times: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Medrar for Contemporary Art

Medrar for Contemporary Art, the Visual Arts Forum (Palestine) and Flyer (Italy) are happy to announce the open call for our upcoming lab: FANTOMAS. 

This alliance was implemented in the framework of the All-Around Culture programme by L’art Rue & MitOst and co-funded by the European Union in Egypt and EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture in Egypt.

Fantomas is an 8-week lab that will take place from October to November 2022 at Medrar for Contemporary art where 5 visual artists will create VR experiences that embody future imaginations of collective realities. In the first 3 weeks of the lab, artist and curator Maha Maamoun will support the participants in the conceptual development of their projects and later on, artist Jean-François Robin will accompany them in the production phase.

As we shift from the world of magic to the realm of science fiction in the 1950s, in Egypt, writers and filmmakers alike begin to imagine new ways and places to be. From Tawfik Al Hakim’s plays entitled ‘Lunar Report’ and ‘A Poet on the Moon’ to ‘Journey to the Moon’ directed by Hamada Abdel Wahab, an interest in imagining other worlds through narratives of moon exploration grew. The latter movement and the entire sector of arts and culture was deeply impacted by the socio-economic and political transformations the country suffered since the defeat of 1967.

Today, having access to more technological innovations and tools, a desire and need to reconnect with the present moment and imagine or potentially produce alternative worlds reemerges. Medrar for Contemporary Art (Egypt), the Visual Arts Forum (Palestine) and Flyer (Italy) invite artists to take part in the Fantomas lab and reflect on the current socio-economic contexts as well as build VR artworks that embody conceptions of a future that goes beyond the colonization of distant planets. It is an invitation to dig deeper into the relationship between the literary form and virtual reality as a way to expand our imaginations of what lived realities are and could be. How would the future look, sound, or feel if we remain in the same space?

Guidelines and Requirements:

  • The call is open to artists from different disciplines willing to experiment and integrate their artistic practice with Virtual Reality (VR) technologies, game engines and modeling softwares to create VR artworks.
  • A minimum experience/familiarity with 3D modeling is required.
  • A minimum experience/familiarity with Unity is a plus. 
  •  A dedicated technical team from 412Labs will work closely with the participants and provide technical support throughout the Lab. During the first week, the participants will be introduced to Unity and during the second week will take part in hands-on exercises on Unity.
  • ِA good level of spoken and written English is necessary.
  • Participants must have their own computers and the ability to run the required programs.
  • To apply, the applicants are required to fill in the application form with all the required material and information. Applications missing any required information will not be considered.
  • The selection criteria of participants is based on originality and feasibility of the proposals within the duration of the Lab and proven understanding of how the proposed projects can make use of available technologies to create artworks. 
  • The Lab will encourage artists to work together in groups. Yet, the participants have the option to work individually.
  • Medrar provides a limited budget to support the production of the artworks, as well as a participation fee granted for the participants upon completion of their projects within the set deadlines
  • The participants have the possibility to work on their projects during Medrar’s opening times and also outside of Lab hours.

The DEADLINE for submissions is Saturday, 1 October 2022 

To apply, kindly fill in this form: https://forms.gle/F7sWRcbaEcnazXTw6

*Medrar announces this program within the framework of MedRX, its newly launched umbrella project consisting of a series of activities (workshops, labs, exhibitions, screenings, meet-up sessions etc ) aiming at building a community of artists from different disciplines interested in developing their arts practices through the exploration and integration of available XR technologies. To know more: https://staging.medrar.org/projects/medrx/ 

“All-Around Culture aims to foster a vital cultural ecosystem in the Southern Mediterranean countries as an enabling environment for the social and economic inclusion of young people. The programme is co-funded by the European Union.’’

Visual identity by Amr El Kafrawy

3D: Mohamed ElMaghraby

ARCHIVES OF A TEMPORARY MIGRATION; EGYPTIANS IN THE GULF

Archives of a temporary Migration; Egyptians in the Gulf 

@anthropology_bel3araby and Medrar Studio are jointly organising and launching the call for our upcoming workshop: Archives of a temporary Migration; Egyptians in the Gulf.

This collaborative workshop aims to creatively express anthropological debates about the experience of Egyptian migration to the Gulf through video montage and experimentation.

Although millions of Egyptians migrated to the Gulf since the 1970s, the experience is underrepresented in pop culture and scholarly literature, despite how much it impacted family dynamics, worldviews, feeling of temporariness, social class, aspirations, and much more that we will explore together. In this workshop we will not only look at the bigger contexts of Gulf migration (political, social, and economic), but more deeply into the personal, our sense of belongings, sense of alienation, relationship to death and life, and our visual/sensory memories and how all of this could help us understand the bigger social structures.

As we discuss the different themes, we will be playing with pop culture archives (films and musalsalat) and our own footage; pictures and home videos. During this workshop, we will  experiment with moving images and edit both archives (the public and the personal), as an attempt to challenge and question the different representations and experiences.

We will also have Mohamed Shalaby, Hady Zaccak, and Mohamed Allam as guest speakers, who will help us work with personal and film/muslaslat archives. 

The workshop is 8 sessions (1month) + access to Medrar Studio for post production (editing/colouring).

Workshop Fee: 1500 EGP paid in 1 or 2 instalments


To apply please fill up this application form before the 18th of July:

https://forms.gle/XSvnFJZs74pubpes9

About the Guests


Mohamed Shalaby is a documentary filmmaker and journalist with enthusiasm in using conventions of dramatic structure to shape factual narratives and tell human driven stories. He is a graduate of the National Film and Televsion School with an MA in Directing Documentary with Most Promising Student award. Award winner and 5× award nominated Documentary Filmmaker. Currently working with the BBC Arabic Documentary unit.

Hady Zaccak is a Lebanese award-winning documentary maker and a professor at IESAV film school. He recently edited and curated “In this Place: Reels of Beirut” exhibition where he used films that featured Beirut’s port, downtown, hotel and cabareh as archive material – where he then edited them to tell a story. We will chat with him about the process of looking at films as an archive and his editing process of creating narratives and storylines from found film footage.

Mohamed Allam is a visual artist who lives and works in Cairo using different mediums such as video, performance and sound. He is interested in different forms of performativity, as he playfully creates narratives and intervenes with existing ones. His work also explores relationships between humans and objects, and the physical environment and context that brings them both together. He has participated as an artist in numerous events since 2003. Allam is also concerned with art management and has participated in organising several art events in Cairo. He is a co-founder of the Cairo-based artist initiative ” Medrar for Contemporary Art ” which aims at the promotion of contemporary artistic practices of young artists in Egypt. Allam will share with us some of his insights from working on his long term project ”Personal Recordings from Egypt”. 

About the instructor – Farah Hallaba
Farah obtained her MA in Social Anthropology and Visual Ethnography from University of Kent. She started @anthropology_bel3araby انثروبولوجي بالعربي in 2019, aiming to publicize anthropology in an accessible way and in Arabic. She has been doing short engaging online videos and collaborative workshops since then; mainly Visual Anthropology workshops and Collaborative Anthropology workshops about social class and migration. Currently Farah is a resident fellow at CILAS teaching Ethnographic Studies. She also shares a creative space in downtown Cairo, where she collaborates with artists to offer spaces for creative discussion-based knowledge production.

PICTURES: HEYA FEL CINEMA AND YOMNA KHATTAB

Medrar Studio had the pleasure of hosting Heya Fel Cinema (هي في السينما)’s Writing and Development workshop led by Yomna Khattab. Over the course of 5 days from the 28th of June to the 2nd of July, 25 women got introduced to the essentials of making and developing short films.

Focusing on character development and cinematic composition, the participants got to discuss the role of women in front and behind the camera. The workshop also invited women filmmakers Noha Adel, Doha Hamdy, Menna Ekram , Dina El Hawary , Nadia Ghanem, Salma Salem and Sondos Shabayek to screen their films and partake in a Q&A about their work. 

If you are interested in collaborating with Medrar Studio or wish to book our post-production suite email us at: studio@medrar.org

Workshop – INTRODUCTION TO VR

We are happy to launch a VR workshop for visual artists, filmmakers, designers, architects and digital arts enthusiasts to learn about virtual reality techniques.

This workshop is designed for beginners and for all those interested in exploring the world of VR and don’t have any previous experience. You can apply to these 101 three sessions to learn the basics of making and practicing virtual reality and learn about the different technologies ,softwares and headsets. Using one of the most powerful XR & game engines, Unity3D. We’ll explore the software interface, and create VR environments, different types of movements, teleportation for VR, and interactions.

Due to limited capacity we’ll be able to accommodate only a small number of participants.

****DEMO DAY***

Medrar is hosting a demo day this Thursday 23rd from 6 – 8 PM open for the public to come and experience VR projects, films through the headsets, and get introduced to Unity & its capabilities.

Workshop Requirements

  • Bring your own laptop that is capable of running Unity software

Workshop Outcomes & Objectives

  • Learning a very powerful program & game engine (Unity3D).
  • Being able to start your own VR Unity projects.
  • Joining a great community of art & technology enthusiasts.
  •  Getting introduced to the MedRX portal.

Time & Dates

27, 28,29 June (Sunday,Tuesday, Wednesday)

From 5 – 9 PM

Deadline

Saturday 25th 11:59 PM

Fees : 800 EGP

We will contact the selected participants to proceed with the reservation.

Open Call – VIORAMA LAB & EXHIBITION

VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) LAB AND EXHIBITION

Lab duration: 3 days a week from 21 March to 28 April 2022

Lab days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Lab times: 11 am to 4 pm 

Exhibition opening on Sunday, 8th of May 

Location: Medrar

Medrar for Contemporary Art is thrilled to announce the first project of its newly launched MedRX umbrella project,  which houses an array of activities opening realms beyond our current reality.* 

Viorama is a Virtual reality (VR) Lab and Exhibition aimed for artists to explore through lectures and hands-on activities the potential of VR audiovisual tools in relation to their arts practises, reflect on concepts of VR and new formats of narration, and prototype and implement VR-based projects to be showcased in an immersive exhibition. The (VR) Viorama Lab is led by Dutch instructor Daniel Ernst with the contribution of guest speakers Morehshin Allahyar, Jesse Cummings and George Zakaria, alongside the technical support of 412labs.

Dioramas have a longstanding tradition in museums, where they depict all kinds of spectacular and often impossible scenes. If you visit the museum a week from now, that exact same moment of the diorama will be there for you to visit. The gazelle would still be eaten by the lion and the dinosaur is still sinking into a tarpit. They are moments stuck in time like a mosquito caught in ember.

The most important aspect of Virtual Reality is presence. Presence in this sense encompasses both the physical and mental occupation of a virtual space. The more presence a VR experience provides, the more a player can disconnect himself from the real world to accept the virtual actuality as a new reality. But this takes time. Time that dioramas have plenty of.

Unlike “real” dioramas, VR dioramas allow you to step past the restrictive glass and into the scene. You can experience the emotion that is depicted, without experiencing the pressure of a linear story that is barreling to its conclusion. You are there and you have all the time in this world to cross into this new reality. The only thing you have to do is be somewhere else.

In 6 weeks the participants of this Lab will get the chance to work on their dioramas based on a distinct and personal moment. During this Lab the participants will be handed tools and techniques to create a finished VR diorama from the early inception of an idea to a fully working interactive VR experience. The topics discussed are : thumbnailing, greyboxing, interaction design, audio and music and narrative design.

The Lab will include from 6 to 8 participants who will work on conceptualising, prototyping, developing, implementing and finalising artistic projects using VR technologies and related softwares and programs. A dedicated technical team from 412 Labs will work closely with the participants and give support throughout the Lab. The participants will be provided with fees for the production of their works. In order to support participants’ full commitment, the artists participants will receive participation fees upon completion of their projects within the planned deadline. 

The selected works will be exhibited in Medrar starting from May 8, 2022. 

GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • The call is open to artists from different disciplines willing to experiment and integrate their artistic practice with Virtual Reality (VR) technologies, game engines and modelling softwares to create VR artworks.  
  • A minimum experience/familiarity with 3D modelling  is required
  • A minimum experience/familiarity with Unity is a plus 
  •  A dedicated technical team from 412labs will work closely with the participants and provide technical support throughout the Lab. During the first week, the participants will be introduced to Unity and during the second week will take part in hands-on exercises on Unity.
  • The Lab will be held in English. Thus a good level of spoken and written English is required
  • Participants must have their own computers and the ability to run the required programs
  • To apply, the applicants are required to fill in the application form with all the required material and information. Applications missing any required information will not be considered 
  • The applicants are required to submit a simple concept for a project relevant to the Lab content and bridging between the arts and new technologies 
  • Applicants can support their application with previous designs and works relevant to the application proposal 
  • The selection criteria of participants is based on originality and feasibility of the proposals within the duration of the Lab and proven understanding of how the proposed projects can make use of available technologies to create artworks. 
  • The Lab will encourage artists to work together in groups. Yet, the participants have the option to work individually 
  • The production of the artworks throughout the Lab will be fully covered 
  • The participants have to commit to work on the concept  development, prototyping, and implementation of the project and take part in all the Lab activities. 
  • Upon completion of their projects within the set deadlines, the participants will be provided with a participation fee. 
  •  Participants are required to wear their masks throughout the Lab and to maintain safe distance. 
  • The participants have the possibility to work on their projects during Medrar’s opening times also outside of Lab hours 

To apply, fill in this form: 

https://forms.gle/tjomopmti6MV6UpP9

Only applicants whose proposals are selected to participate in the Lab will be notified via email, no later than Monday, 17 March 

Find some useful links on the programs and softwares to be used during the Lab: 

https://www.blender.org/ : 3D modelling software.

https://www.adobe.com/products/medium.html : 3D Sculpting software

https://unity.com/ : Game Engine