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Written to be Spoken | Online Audio Performances

The second edition of Live Praxes was concluded with two nights of online performances; 14 audio performances were presented by 11 artists from Egypt, Morocco, and Palestine.
Live Praxes #2 “Written to be Spoken” workshops were held online between November and December 2020, and facilitated by Swiss performance artist Gilles Furtwängler, Swiss curator Madeleine Amsler, and Egyptian performance artist Mohamed Abdelkarim.
Get to know more about the participants and listen to their performances: 

Assem Attoun is an artist from Jerusalem. He had his B.F.A in Screen-Based Arts from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Video producer, graphic artist and multi-media sculptor. Member of Hirak Sada (Palestinian Artistic Youth Movement). Interested in visual archiving and ecological agriculture. The interest in the world of art started through the concept of time carving, and cinema is the appropriate space for this type of sculpture. He participated in several art exhibitions. He established artistic camps for children and participated in agricultural camps for university students.

Dialogue with the moon. The moon can be a private space that gives way to freedom from specific intellectual and linguistic restrictions, moments of integration with nature and accepts the body as part of it. Dialogue is about translating feelings, deconstructing concepts of the moon and thinking about reality. There is no specific goal for this text. There was no thought when the words were uttered.

Fatma Hieba is a fine arts student who works with text as a narrative and images as a visual interpretation. She leads art workshops for inclusion and diversity. Her art practices focus on experiments with the senses and mediums.

Three Portraits And a Landscape is an explorative illustration of the link between three dying plants and the world. Three plants with three different stories and relations but suffer the same fate. The project wonders; how could the personal and individual be linked to the massive.

In And Out Is a love mantra. ‘In and out’ is about space and how it could be addressed as a lover. How would you call space? How do you often deal with space.

Rawya Sadek is an Egyptian visual artist and a translator from French and English into Arabic. Her artistic interest lies in the scope of interactive works specifically in the field of contemporary Egyptian history. She has been working, for almost four years on a multi-disciplinary art project on Egyptian feminist writer Doria Shafik. This project began with a solo exhibition at Townhouse Gallery in Cairo that was entitled “On Coincidence, Old Age and Depression” in March 2017. After that, she produced a publication entitled “A Trilogy of Time in Doria Shafik’s 1960s” in November 2019 with Medrar for Contemporary Art. Rawya is currently working on the third and last part of the project which covers the years between 1970 – 1975 in Shafik’s life and work.

Tiny Moments Of Solitude
Tiny moments of solitude is one of my items for “The last Summer” – the third and final chapter of my project on Doria Shafik. It’s about increasing isolation, solitude, depression, and writing poetry and memoirs. I almost live in her skin, searching to know her more deeply, to summon the details that reflect her feelings, her human condition. We are close and distance from each other and from the “restrictions” imposed by circumstances. I give her my voice and she gives me her.

Soukaina Joual is a Moroccan multi-disciplinary artist born in 1990, graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan, Morocco in 2011. Most of the artist’s projects translate her commitment to various forms of presence, and how she trades various shifts between visibility and invisibility, belonging and absence.

The Moroccan Sheikha Soukaina is a work that questions the position and the exact role of the witch and how she is perceived by society. The work deals with ideas of stereotypes and national identity. Who are the customers of this witch? What kind of knowledge is transmitted, preserved and possibly transformed within communities that still practise witchcraft?

Rania Atef is an Egyptian visual artist whose work explores the notion of play across a wide range of mediums including text, drawing, installation, performance and video. Interested in investigating the maternal/reproductive and labour discourse on both individual and collective levels, dealing with the infrastructure of social and cultural institutions in this context.

Please, Don’t look at the moon, wherein one of its stages she collects, traces, and investigate children’s songs, games, and myths that are being passed down, widely spread and circulated to this day while focusing on the study of verbal and visual dictionaries of different forms of “institutions” represented in “family”, “schools” and other circles.

Sara Hamdy is a visual and sound artist, based in Cairo, her work is an art research-based multidisciplinary practice. In general, the work explores links between sound, architecture, memory and human/ non-human languages. she did participate in a number of exhibitions, art programs and fellowships since her graduation from the Faculty of fine arts, “Oil painting department” Helwan university 2009.

Sound As Architecture, Place As A Tool. The project explores the mental effect of architectural Aesthetics of some mental asylums in Egypt, as spaces/ places for healing, on the transformative “sick, ill or changing” mind. A trail to exam the individual voice in spaces intentionally build to keep out noise, and controls sound production. by deconstructing these physical structures into sound, I try to study and trace its spatial effect. I focus on the work presented on “Ahmed Ibn Tulun Mosque” and the Bimaristan of mental therapy attach to it “previously” as a research model.

Omar Adel is a multidisciplinary artist/cultural practitioner, working across video, sound, photography, design, coding, and performative instances. His expansive artistic practices investigate the complex entanglement between human cognition, constructed environments, and technology; while focusing on addressing themes concerning time, memory, reality, human error, AI, language use, space, and hegemony.

Tabbing Windows is a spoken words/eerie poems EP on intimacy in the digital sphere. The work reflects on the commodification of feelings and the contradictory semiotics of the hyperreality we are navigating while shifting between melancholy, impersonation, and online persona making.
This upcoming EP is part of a series of attempts exploring new/hyper forms of intimacy that resulted from the increasing presence of digital technologies in our life and its intersection with late capitalism.
More information: www.omaradel.com

Motasem Siam, a Palestinian artist based in Jerusalem, where he grew up and lives in. He got his B.F.A. in fine arts at the Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He works with video art, performance, and sound mediums that would combine in one installation, ready-made and found footage, between real and digital. The richness of materiality leads to concepts that would trigger these inspirations. Mostly topics related to his identity and memories of his childhood era.

I Remember Luciding – the archive, writing journal – memoir, 2021 My family has a nickname for me, “the archive”. I have acquired this nickname as I can remind them of specific incidents from my younger years that I remember vividly and in detail. Details of memories that are often deemed to be insignificant for my family. Memories that can come back to me in the form of a dream, or as a deja vu in a current real-life experience. Such particular details and memories appear not to have an impact on my family’s lives but seem to have a huge impact on mine.

Nada Elkalaawy born in 1995, Nada Elkalaawy is an Egyptian artist who grew up between Alexandria and London. She received her MFA in Fine Art Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2018 and her BA in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2016. Recent exhibitions and festivals include KINO DER KUNST, Munich (2020); End of year exhibition, MASS Alexandria (2019); In Conversation. A Painting Show, Sharjah Art Gallery, Cairo (2019); Paper Trail II, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo (2018); Perpetual Movement, Rich Mix, London (2018), Slade Graduate Degree Show, London (2018) The Vibrating Image, Nahim Isaias Museum, Guayaquil (2017) and Future Echoes, Refugees Museum, Thessaloniki (2017). She was awarded the Prohelvetia Studio Residency, Basel (2021); Elkalaawy is also 1/5 of artist group K-OH-LLECTIVE.

How can one see ghosts? A guide on invisibility as a method to experience the supernatural and the haunting. Have you ever experienced strange, unexplained sights or sounds? Have you ever seen household objects mysteriously move or be suddenly lost? Were you ever curious to know what the ghost says as it speaks in that liminal between the visible and the invisible? This podcast, which will be split into two episodes, will talk you through the invisibility method and how it will allow you to see, talk and listen to ghosts rather than banish them. Join me on this otherworldly journey to develop a different way of seeing in order to experience the absent and to flourish a sorrow with joy for what we lost that we might have never had.

Marwa Benhalim is a Libyan/Egyptian artist, researcher and curator. Benhalim interdisciplinary visual art practice is concerned with power, language and memory. She utilizes text, sculpture, sound and video in multimedia installation to reveal how power structures and resistances are reified as, what is thought to be, completely mundane everyday objects, actions, and utterances.

Perpetual Disillusion, a journey through states of emotional turmoil, devastation and the mundane.

Mohamed Al-Bakeri is an Independent Conceptual Artist based in Cairo, Egypt… His body of work pushes preconceived socio-cultural norms, opening unconventional possibilities and possible narratives.

Death by Infatuation is an attempt to look at intentionally blurred out love stories throughout history, from the lens of our present times. The work creates a fictional bridge between the past and the present while creating a ‘What If?’ situation to critically look at social constructs.