Artists’ Tales Testimonials Lord Kesseli and the Drums – Sailing Stones (Tunisia) Testimonial, Uncategorized “We think that model of residency should be applied widely and in different places; it opens doors for future collaborations between artists” Belia Winnewisser – The Sailing Stones Experience (Tunisia) Testimonial I learned a lot about the culture and about different ways of making music, since I work alone most of the time. I laughed hard during the residency; there is always a big smile on my face when I think back and remember those days. Marcel Bieri – The Sailing Stones Residency & Festival (Tunisia) Testimonial We’re looking back on an amazing residency with a lot of beautiful, difficult, and important discussions, 10 hours of recorded music for the first sailing stones tape, a lot of improvisation, and the organization of an amazing festival, even though the weather was not with us. And with the result, that the small scene of current music in Tunisia, after this crazy, unexpected experience… Bit-Tuner – The Cairo Experience Testimonial It was new experience to me, traveling to Cairo and working together with 100Copies Music label. It was very inspiring to meet this (young) musicians working with minimal equipment and possibilities, but at the same time performing lots of shows, mainly at street parties or weddings. That gave a really different aspect to this collaboration. My work was impacted with the different views and the history of the city (Cairo). Uriel Orlow – Studio Residency 2010 Studio Residency, Testimonial The “Pretended Exchange” that is basically quick, short, single event which offers no scope or possibility to develop any real exchange. This is why the three-month residency is very important, it allows time for real engagement. The exchange should be constructed in a way that makes a follow-up possible, there should be sustainability. Beate Engel – Where are you? Testimonial “Where are you?” was the first SMS typed into my new cell phone after arriving in Cairo for my curator-in- residence program, November 2008. While waiting downtown in the coffee shop beside the Townhouse Gallery for my city-guide, and a fellow practicing artist, Mahmoud Hanafy. The question “Where are you?” accompanied me everywhere I went. Mohamed Allam – Studio Residency 2011 Studio Residency, Testimonial I got a chance to know the European culture with a close eye -especially the Swiss culture- since it was my first trip to Europe. The residency was the key that opened many doors for me on both personal and professional levels. After coming back, and having solid personal contact with Swiss artists, the cooperation between Medrar for Contemporary Art, the company I co-founded in 2005, and Pro Helvetia Cairo started to get shaped.