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Tuesday, August 18 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Information Erupts into Perception

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This program comprises two parts, a screening of short works and a live performance. These works identify patterns of information that lie below visible and audible thresholds and bring them into perception. Drawn largely but not entirely from the Arab world, the films, videos, video database (CAMP), and live cinema performance (VJ Um Amel) are all alert to seemingly random patterns that, when organized into information, can be rendered audiovisually. Moiré patterns, shadow puppets, analog video decay, surveillance technology, and other media collect and give shape to disavowed histories and the voices of the earth. In some cases these acts of translation permit a heightened political analysis. In others, they unfold histories, places, and events from dry data into the sensory responses of the viewer. Laila Shereen Sakr, aka VJ Um Amel, is known for her founding and ongoing work with the R-Shief project that uses social media extraction and data analysis of contemporary global struggles, people’s movements and national crises (using Egypt and the US as her targets) to study our communications over such crises as the recent war in Gaza and the Ferguson protest, and what they say about us. R-Shief issues a global call for participants to view, study, and use its unique and colossal archive – as a form of counter-surveillance. Shereen Sakr will talk about these ideas and more, preceding her performance.

Artists: Basma Alsharif, CAMP (Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran), Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), Nicky Hamlyn, Cao Fei, Ahmed Kamel, Mounir Fatmi, Naz Shahrokh, VJ Um Amel (Laila Shereen Sakr)

Curated by Samirah Alkassim and Laura U. Marks


Samirah Alkassim

Samirah Alkassim is an independent documentary filmmaker and film educator with many years experience living and working in the MIddle East. She has over 12 years experience teaching film production and studies in Singapore, Cairo, Jordan, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Formerly... Read More →

Laura Marks

Laura U. Marks is a scholar, theorist, and programmer of independent and experimental media arts. She works on the media arts of the Arab world, intercultural perspectives on new media art, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture. Her most recent books... Read More →

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VJ Um Amel

UC Santa Barbara
Laila Shereen Sakr is a digital media theorist and artist working in computational art, live cinema, data visualization, and media activism. She is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her work uses media analytics, visualization, and immersive storytelling... Read More →
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Naz Shahrokh

Assistant Professor, Zayed University

Tuesday August 18, 2015 4:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Cinema, Room 3200 Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)
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  • Curator Samirah Alkassim and Laura U. Marks

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