Open Studio Project 2006

5 mei 2006
13 mei 2006

An international residency programme in Downtown Cairo exploring creative approaches to sound.

Open Studio Project 2006 takes sound - problematic in its very definition, scope and relationship to a loosely defined field of arts and culture - as its point of departure. The programme is inspired by Cairo' s rich aural environment, one shaped by the city' s diverse narratives of sound, sound-making traditions and ongoing explorations of sound in contemporary music and the arts.

Residency Programme participants include seventeen artists, musicians and curators whose practices reflect a diversity of creative approaches to and engagements with sound, whether as a visceral or aural material, conceptual or contextual reference, or as a point of departure. At once intersecting and diverging, these diverse practices reflect the ability of sound-related
work to complicate neat categories of artistic production and their conventionally associated frameworks, technologies, tools, and skills. These dynamics provide a context for the model of international exchange explored
in the Open Studio Project.

Rajivan Ayyappan - India
Regine Basha - USA
Carlo Crovato - UK
Murat Ertel - Turkey
Charbel Haber - Lebanon
Adham Hafez - Egypt
Geert-Jan Hobijn - Holland & Germany
Hassan Khan - Egypt
Myizer Matlhaku - Botswana
Greg Niemeyer - USA & Switzerland

Ceren Oykut - Turkey
Maryam Rahman - Pakistan
Mahmoud Refat - Egypt
Mohammed Al Riffai - Egypt
Basak Senova - Turkey
Paulo Vivacqua - Brazil
Cynthia Zaven -Lebanon

An ongoing Public Programme offers a platform for interaction with the residency participants and their work. Please join us for a series of Open Studio events including:

5 - 8 May (Friday-Monday)
4pm ­ 8 pm
A video game/art piece which players navigate with their voice­ offered both as a performance and a interactive piece.

Location: Fustat Youth Center
Old Cairo
Ard el Musalasa
Next to the new Potter' s Village

Away From the New is a collaborative art project and video game in which players navigate a simulated environment using their own voices as game controls. Based on an earlier version entitled Organum Playtest, Away From the New was developed especially for presentation in Cairo by Greg Niemeyer, Richard Shaw and Dan Perkel of the University of California, Berkeley.

Friday May 5
7pm ­ 9pm
A screening of video compilations from Istanbul, curated by Basak Senova of NOMAD;

Location: Contemporary Image Center (CiC)
20 Safia Zaghloul St. off Kasr el Aini St.
El Mounira Cairo

Turkish Light Arts (2002) ExtraStruggle
I/O Information Overbloated (2005) Erhan Muratoglu
Derdimi Anla (1998) ZeN
Istatistiklal (2004) Erhan Muratoglu - Ertug Uçar - Simge Goksoy

Deniz (2005-2006) Cem Yardimci ­ John Barret
Lost Postcard (2004-2005) Selda Asal - Ceren Oykut
Down-Under (2005) Guven Çatak
Abstraction (2004) Serap Dogan
SeashellSea (2004) Ozlem Sulak


Four days in Cairo (2005) Selda Asal

Strange Intimacy (2005) Hatice Güleryüz
Nigar (2006) Erhan Muratoglu
Unawarded Performances (2005) Gülsün Karamustafa

Saturday, May 6
7pm ­ 8pm

A panel discussion with Regine Basha, Basak Senova and Mohammed Al Riffai on the problematics of curating sound; A discussion of the ways in which artists and curators working creatively with sound articulate and present this work in relation to conventions of artistic discipline and practice.

Location: Library, Townhouse Gallery
10 Nabrawy st., off Champollion st.
Talaat Harb sq., Downtown Cairo

7 ­ 9 May (Sunday ­ Tuesday)
7pm ­ 9pm
The ultrasound of therapy

An interactive installation piece in which visitors are prescribed sound therapies;

Location: Goethe Institut
5 El Bustan St.
Downtown Cairo

The ultrasound of therapy is a sound installation inspired by the eighteenth-century French hospital La Salle des Malades. Visitors are invited to undergo a personal sound therapy and are treated with sound therapies selected to provide individualized sonic experiences. These sound
therapies are created by members of Staalplaat Soundsystem, Simon Wickham-Smith, and Biotechnology Makes Business Consultancy.

Thursday, May 11,
8 pm ­ 9pm
Organum Playtest

Location :Residence of Swiss Cultural Attaché, Heinz Walker

24 Gamal El Din
Abu Mohassen St., Garden City

A semi-improvisational performance of Organum Playtest, a collaborative art project and video game in which players navigate a simulated environment
using their own voices as game controls. Greg Niemeyer, the game¹s creator, will discuss the work with the audience. Vocalists Ahdam Hafez and Basim Wadie will perform the piece.

Saturday, May 13
An open source programming workshop with artist Greg Niemeyer. Hosted by OpenCraft

Location: 11 Nadi El Seid Street, Suite 1101
Dokki 12311, Giza

May 12 - 13, (Friday ­ Saturday)
7pm ­ 9pm
Open Studio
Performance­based event

Location: Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art
10 Nabrawy st., off Champollion st.
Talaat Harb sq., Downtown Cairo

On May 12 and 13, resident artists and musicians will open their studiosto the public with presentations and loosely defined performances of their work.
An online discussion regarding individual practitioners¹ approaches to authorship and ownership in the fields of art and technology.
Visit: openstudio

Open Studio Project 2006 is an initiative of the Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art in partnership with Triangle Arts Trust.