PROGRAMME: Cairo Contemporary Music Days to open with films and talk
Ahram Online, Sunday 7 Apr 2019
The festival will run 13 to 16 April

Cairo Contemporary Music Days will open 13 April with the screening of two films and a talk by an international musician at the Goethe Institut.

The festival will run 13 to 16 April and will open with Pogo, a film by Rikke Benborg. Benborg’s work blends set design and scenography in experimental film.

“Through video, film and animation she creates minimal and dreamlike settings inhabited by alienated or uncomfortable female characters.”

If I Die Before I Sleep, another film by Benborg, is one of two films made celebrating the 100-year anniversary of women's voting rights in Denmark.

A talk with Ragnhild May and Jacqueline George will explore the connection between time, perception and human consciousness and themes in their multimedia project made between Cairo and Copenhagen.

The opening will also feature the world premiere of May and George’s performance titled A Calculus of the Nervous System, which blends readable texts and electronic music with traditional and new/innovative musical instruments.

Based in Copenhagen, May is interested in the relationship between sound, materiality and human bodies. She designed several instruments, playing with the idea of cyborgs, as well as the cultural history of music, sound and instruments.

George is a sound artist based in Cairo, interested in the potential of Cairo's urban sounds and noises. Her work is based on mind maps that revolve around concepts like self image, body and time.

5pm: film screening of Pogo by Rikke Benborg
5.30pm: Talk with Ragnhild May and Jacqueline George
6pm: Film screening of If I Die before I Sleep by Rikke Benborg
7pm: Performance of A Calculus of the Nervous System by Ragnhild May and Jacqueline George

Goethe Institut, 5 El-Bustan Street, Downtown Cairo

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