ASCII Foundation for Contemporary Art Education, founded by artist and educator Shady El Noshokaty, is a research center for contemporary art, new media and industrial technology based in Cairo. The primary goal of the foundation is dedicated to supporting the education of young artists in Egypt, supplementing the art curriculum offered by the state universities by emphasizing rigorous research and archiving as the foundation for the practice of conceptual art. The Media Art Workshop, an annual event, was developed by ElNoshokaty, and the 14th edition was presented in Summer 2014.
- Shady El Noshokaty is a contemporary Egyptian artist whose projects were featured in many established contemporary art museums and international exhibitions around the world like Venice Biennale, Heyward Gallery, Mori museum, Kunst museum in Stockholm, Bochum, Institute de mound de Arab and many others. He also works as an associate professor and director of the visual arts program in the Departments of the Arts at The American University in Cairo. He was an executive curator for Ahmed Basiony’s Art project, 30 Days Running in the Place, for the Egyptian pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale.El Noshokaty has also played an undeniable role in the field of art education in Egypt for the last decade. In 2010 he established ASCII – Foundation for contemporary art education – aimed to educate and develop young thinkers and researchers into new and alternative media practices and visual creativity. [source: aucegypt.edu/fac/shadyel-noshokaty]