Panel: East & West Institutional Presentation
As abbreviated “OLE”, Open Lab Egypt is a long-term project meant to establish a laboratory for the development of digital arts in Egypt, promoting the use of Open Source tools in audiovisual creation. It aims to raise a local community in Cairo of autonomous people that can start a support for production of interactive environments and electronic interfaces in the future, using all the accessible technologies that might be necessary. The project is intended for art students, artists, designers, educators, engineers, and scientists contributing to the development of cultural production in local communities of the Arabic speaking regions.
Medrar for Contemporary Art
“Medrar” is a nonprofit organization that started running activities since 2005. It represents a common cultural corporate and philanthropic platform for young emerging artists in all means of communication, developing experiences and financial support. Considering the necessity to document the ongoing Contemporary praxis in Egypt and critique based methods, Medrar aims to drive the interest of emerging artists with providing chances of accession and experimentation. We believe we can stimulate the artistic scene in Egypt by focusing on the organization of workshops and festivals that would encourage participation of new faces, locally and internationally. As an artist running based initiative, we are always seeking the upcoming potentials of creativity.
- Dia Hamed was born in Cairo, studied Art Education in “Helwan University” and lives and works in Cairo as an artist. Instead of being devoted to a certain discipline, he kept exploring through wide variety of praxis like theater (performing, creation and scenography), and then realizing creation of his projects within the context of Egyptian contemporary art. During studies, he practiced acting, dancing and percussion for theater in university festivals and other cultural events till 2006. Later on he took part with live performance art works in “Salon El Shabab” 17th & 18th as well as Sabeel performance meetings in the Townhouse gallery 2007/08, subsequently redirected to experimenting interactivity in public spaces with his latest projects “situation-complication” & “Native Tourists”. He cofounded Studio Moroni theater group, Sabeel project and Medrar for contemporary art in which he currently working as its projects’ director, also with Berlin based Company “Rimini Protokol” for documentary theater production as an assistant director.