This summer at ASCII: Five artists, five workshops

Ahram Online, Thursday 24 Jul 2014

Registration now open for workshops with prominent Egyptian artists across a variety of experimental mediums at ASCII's temporary Ardellewa venue

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Media Art Workshop. (Photo: courtesy of Shady El Noshokaty)

The ASCII Foundation for Contemporary Art Education is hosting five intensive workshops for artists and students from 3 to 31 August at ASCII's temporary space in Ardellewa. The workshops will focus on sound art, rotoscope animation, game art, pinhole camera photography and graffiti and public art.

The ASCII Foundation was launched in June 2013 by contemporary artist and professor Shady El-Noshokaty. The foundation seeks to supplement formal art education in Egypt by providing a contemporary curriculum that provides young artists with insights to the latest trends in global contemporary art practices.

In 2013, ASCII hosted the annual Media Art Workshop for the first time, which had been previously held at the Faculty of Art Education at Helwan University since 2000, also organised by El-Noshokaty and a group of his peers.

This summer, ASCII will host five workshops, led by five eminent contemporary artists.

The sound art workshop will be led by contemporary musician, composer and producer Rami Abadir. The workshop will teach the techniques and styles of experimentation with sound art, as well as the art of live performance.

Contemporary visual artist Ahmed Sabry will lead a workshop on rotoscope animation, which will provide participants with the basics of contemporary animation techniques, with focus on rotoscope animation.

A workshop on game art will be led by prominent contemporary artist Ahmed El-Shaer, who will tackle contemporary interactive and digital game art and how these mediums can express political, societal or personal issues as well as their relationship to global youth culture.

Artist Mahmoud Helwy will lead the pinhole camera photography workshop and the Mona Lisa Brigades will run the workshop on graffiti and public art.

Registration for the workshops is currently open, until 1 August at 9pm. The workshops will hold a maximum of 10 participants each.

More info about registration here.

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