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Archive for March, 2010

WINDOWS – Video Exhibition at Rooftop Studios, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

WINDOWS
A collaborative Video Exhibition
March 24th – April 1st, 7 – 10 pm
Rooftop Studios
7 Noubar Street, Mounira, Cairo

Windows video exhibition that is the outcome of Aras Ozgun’s 3 weeks workshop at American University in Cairo and Townhouse Gallery which involved 15 students, film makers, artists, academics with or without prior experience in video art. The exhibition was developed during the span of Aras’s residency with AUC’s Performance and Visual Arts Department.

Artists contributing to the exhibition are; Ahmed El Gendy, Amira Hanafi, Amran Frey, Angela Harutyunyan, Aras Ozgun, Belle Gironda, Corey Sattler, Hani Sami Lotfi Naguib, Heba Amin
Lara J. Worcester, Mariam Mekiwi, Maya Asfour, Mohammed Alaa, Mohammed El-Assyouti, Nagham Osman, Nork Zakarian, and Yasmin Shash.

The project has provided an open framework (literally, “window frames”) which combines and cultivates different experimental narratives, aesthetic techniques and method that are possible in video. It encourages the audience to relate to the physicality of windows both as (un)demarcators of private and public spheres as well as subjective and social borders or unbound situations through which the subject relates to the surrounding world.

The window is understood as a liminal space, as a metaphor, as a form of experience, as a social function and as a poetic device. Each video contains an “event” that relates to the situation by utilizing narrative or non-narrative form/technique that works with windows: An off-screen voice or
dialogue conveying a story, or audible/visible clues of something that takes place in the room behind the camera –or at the outside, or a small act in front or outside of the window, or just an interval of time.

Each video itself is a space that opens to another one, each video contains an “event” that takes place in this opening –a view or a story that relates to a slice of time. None of the videos directly connect to the others: together they form a heterotopic space, a multiplicity of places, identities and narratives –a room with many views. While each contributors’ work remains an autonomous piece, at it nonetheless resonates with the others and forms a collective and participatory body of work at the same time.

Politics of Electronic Image – Jean-Luc Godard Screening

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Poster for Politics of Electronic Image - Jean-Luc Godard Screening

WINDOWS – A Collaborative Video Exhibition

Friday, March 5th, 2010

WINDOWS
A COLLABORATIVE MULTICHANNEL VIDEO INSTALLATION PROJECT

by Aras Ozgun
Sharjah Art Gallery and Townhouse Art Gallery, March 6-March 23, 2010
The American University in Cairo 
Performance and Visual Arts Department

Flyer for Windows project by Aras Ozgun

IDEA | between private and public


The main idea of this project is to provide an open framework (literally, “frames”) that can combine and cultivate many different experimental narratives, aesthetic techniques and approaches that are possible in video. Each frame/video is open to be called with a performance as well as a documentary, with sound, acts, or a still-life or a landscape image. Each artists contribution can reflect a personal statement/concern relating to a limit situation between private and public. While each contributors work remains as an autonomous piece/expression, it resonates with the others at the same time, and forms a collective, participatory body of work.

IMAGE | between still-life and landscape


The exhibition, which will be developed collaboratively with the workshop participants, will consist of multiple TV monitors. Each TV monitor displays a single image; a window fully framed from inside the room (or whatever interior space it belongs to), and the outside as seen through it. Each window is different from the others. 

Each window is a liminal image between a still-life and a landscape. While showing a window framed from interior, each video partially reveals the identity of that particular interior space (objects and details around the window, curtains, walls, window frames etc.), and at the same time, presents a limited view of the outside (a piece of landscape, a street view, a brick wall, open sky, another window?), thus constructs a limit and a passage between inside/outside, interiority/exteriority, private/public. Each video contains an “event” that relates to this limit situation by utilizing any possible narrative form/technique that could be presented in this setting. An off-screen voice or dialogue conveying a story, or audible/visible clues of something that takes place in the room behind the camera –or at the outside, or a small act in front of the window or at the outside, or just an interval of time. Each video itself is a space that opens to another one, each video contains an “event” that takes place in this opening –a view or a story that relates to a slice of time. None of the videos directly connect to any other; all together they form a heterotopic space, a multiplicity of places, identities and narratives –a room with many views.

PROGRAM

Session 1 – Introductory session (lecture, references, sources and materials)
March 6, Saturday, Townhouse Gallery
12:00-4:00pm

Session 2 –  Development of ideas and critique
March 9, Tuesday, Sharjah Art Gallery
12:00-5:00pm

Session 3 – Videography and field work
March 13, Saturday, Townhouse Gallery
10:00am-6:00pm

Session 4 – Post-production
March 16, Tuesday, AUC PVA computer lab
12:00am-6:00pm

Session 5 -Exposition making at Sharjah At Gallery
March 23, Tuesday
12:00am-6:00pm

Exhibition
March 25 – Exhibition at Sharjah Art Gallery

Public Lecture: KAIROS – On The Temporality of Electronic Image

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I will be giving a public lecture at Performance and Visual Arts Department of The American University in Cairo on March 4th, at 1:00 pm. I will be staying in Cairo until the end of March as a visiting artist at AUC and conduct a workshop and a collaborative video exhibition.

Poster for the public lecture