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The City The GhostSound installation, 2013
100 Copies Music Space, Downtown, Cairo, EgyptThe project is considered as the collective culture memory for the city of cairo, through documentation of various sound of the loud city of cairo where it focus on the current architectural culture of cairo and its relation with the current situation after the 25th of january. the soon here emphasis the space and time. the installation was created to deepen the concept of architect, space and time, a virtual landscape was created by 25 speakers (7 inch) where it leads in the end with a iconic architectural form constructed from 5 small Tvs(5 inch) showing a deconstructed element of a minaret.
The Minaret was displayed in a dark Confined space giving it more sacred feeling, as the most sacred parts of the old egyptian temples.The minaret here reflect various concepts it refers to the city as cairo was always know the city of thousand minaret and it also reflects the spiritual and islamic feeling of the icon , but it is deconstructed physically and virtually through the installation and manipulated by a static noise through the video. The Strong spiritual believe of cairo in a state of deconstruction that resembles our every day reality. There Is no solid meaning of anything anymore we are living in a state of Ambiguity.
Trap//02Interactive installation, 2013
Di-EGYFEST 0.1 Exhibition, DIgital Art festival at Gezira Art Center, Cairo, EgyptiansTrap // 02 interactive installation conveys the interaction between perception of reality and the perception of the spoken words, putting the people in an irritated position leading them unknowably to their deceivable trap.
People entering a dark room with white stand where they can see a small tv in a horizontal position lightened by a dimmed spot light. People can hear voice in the background come out of the tv.The voice saying:We are living the era of freedom, the freedom of thought, the freedom of expression, the freedom of criticism. We are building the glory of our nation, fulfilling all our hopes. Our achievements speaks for itself, in all squares of Egypt giving birth to the great incredible project as the perfect gift to our people. The wheel of investments keeps rolling
The spoken words for Egyptians who are living in Egypt is very provocative due its contradictory nature to our living reality. This is the proactive act which makes people so curious to see the video on the screen, once they come close to the tv they cut a unseen infrared beam that activates a set of laser beams around the spectator emprisoning them. Spectators get stunned and unease. Some even are affected much more that they are afraid to get out as not to get hurt.The project plays on the distraction of the spoken words and perception of reality which enlarges the effect of walking into trap.Laser beams is activated by infrared sensor that runs for 15 secs and then turns off automatically and activated once more when another person approaches the Tv and so on
StigmaVideo Sculpture, 2013
Six Floor Exhibition | video sculpture project, Venouise Hotel, Down Town Cairo, Egypt
The installation consists of two parts, a construction of a shroud made from plastic sheets in a real life size suspended from the ceiling connected with plastic wires to construction of three plastic containers. The video is projected on all objects.
Disgrace, shame, humiliation seems that these words has no meaning any more. Act of violence towards the human body regardless of genre and age is a daily activity now in Egypt.This project focus on the violation and discrimination towards the human body. The body has been violated in every way possible beaten, electrified, raped and humiliated, it became as plastic puppets dealt with no humanization.
A video collage made from various bruised human parts in abnormal proportions showing a great deal of distortion to human body. Distortion breaks the beautiful rhythm of the human body showing them as a mere flesh moving in a hysterical irritating uncontrolled way that resembles dying animals.
FireVideo Installation, 2011
Group exhibition, Haslla museum, Gangnueung, South Korea, October 2011fire has been taken within the permanent collection of haslla museum.
Video duration : 4minsIt is 3d video mapping installation, consists of 11 old cubical pieces of wood with the dimensions of 25cm w x 80 cm h x 15 cm d.placed in a room 7m x 5m x 2.5m.
Tis project fire is part of series about the four main elements in the universe fire, water, air and soil.Destruction of civilization was the main insight where the wooden pieces served sometimes as gravestone and another as high buildings rising up and falling down. Also there is feeling of mixing different culture through various symbolic geometric shapes, where fire eats all and gives birth to new era where mankind could rise again with a new beginning.
breached silenceVideo Installation, 2011
Personal exhibition, F+F Schule fr Kunst und Mediendesign, Zurich, Switzerland, March 2011
Silence was a deafening sound, you could feel it in the eyes of everyone you pass by in the streets of Egypt, or in work or even at home. It was like a huge wall getting thicker and thicker everyday and light of hope was getting darker, but suddenly out of nowhere light breaks through without warning and Silence was breached.
it was thought the egyptians would never speak up but they was wrong. We know how to speak up and very loud too. We made it clear to the whole world that we are not yielding to injustice anymore.
We paid a great price to earn our pride and this work is tribute to those who shed their blood for our freedom.
"Breached silence" is a video installation project which exposes the intensity of the Egyptian revolution and it is impact.
trapDigital Video Animation, 2010
Passage 35, Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Cairo, Egypt March 2010
trap 1 |trap|noun1 a device or enclosure designed to catch and retain animals, typically by allowing entry but not exit or by catching hold of a part of the body.verb ( trapped , trapping ) [ trans. ]induce (someone), by means of trickery or deception, to do something they would not otherwise want to do : I hoped to trap him into an admission.
envisageVideo installation, 2010
Personal Exhibition, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt January 2010
The installation consists from 32 neon light bulbs and 8 five inch TVs and video projection screen. It is a question about reality and assumed reality, the relation between the physical existence and the imaginary one. The video screen is reflection of the room itself reflecting spectators but with video delay time of 10 seconds so the spectator faced by his digital existence and is trying to realize the relation to his physical existence in the room itself. The delay in time is agitated factor for spectators to react to their image. Seeing a construction with the neon bulbs covered with black cloth gives the feeling of mass without being actually there.
i who consent want to breathVideo Sculpture, 2009
32nd National Exhibition, Art Palace, Cairo Opera House, Egypt June 2009
4m x 4.25m Room | #12 5.5 inches TVs | #1 21-inch TV | Wires | Video splitters | #2 DVD Players | Cables. Video duration: 03:19 minutes
Truth has always been an idea which everyone seeks to achieve one way or another. We are promised to get the truth and nothing but the truth everyday from the powerful roaring animal called media but it still seems such a remote vague idea in spite all of the information technology revolution that we are experiencing nowadays. The truth will always be a reflection to what really happened.
We submit unwillingly to this vicious media circle, we want to breathe. In this Project I tried to change the TV viewing angle from what is known and make the viewer in the same position as the TV screen itself, and view its reflected information on the mirror on the opposing wall. Video images are captured from all the enormous information that is transmitted to us by various media sources, all in relation with the eye as the active receiver organ. All 12 screens are connected to the main TV screen in the middle of the room, which shows a video of an eye processing the transmitted information. You could also see the reflection of a TV screen on the eye pupil.
We only get the reflection of the truth.
squeezed cultureVideo Sculpture, 2007
Personal Exhibition, El Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt December 2007
15 balloons trapped inside compressed metal construction in the middle of the room, 2 video screens in the opposing wall, 65 light bulbs (redyellowgreen-blue) distributed along the parameters of the room and changing from one color to the other every 30 sec.
Globalization left no space for identity to emerge, cultures are mingled and squeezed together to the extent that you dont know where one ends and the other begins. We became a matrix repetition, a statistic, in the modern compressed metal urban civilization. Numb is the way we survive our daily life.
had to spinVideo, 2007
National Exhibition, modern Art museum, Cairo Opera House, Egypt march 2008
A video showing two plastic bags rolling together, spinning around each other showing the effect of action and reaction. The duality of things is the pure essence of life; an eternal struggle to overcome each other. During this struggle, our lives are defined, but we have to deal wit