Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès:
The Invisible Cities

Category : exhibitions December 1, 2014

Time: November 22nd to December 15th, 2014

FesExhibition2 (photo courtesy of Arthub Asia)

“In the context of an international Photo festival, the theme of the city emerges as a pivotal point within the mechanism of cultural mobility widely promoted–maybe now more than ever before–by contemporary art. While the concepts linked to national identity tend to remain rarefied, the dynamics behind the portraiture of a city allow the access to a wide spectrum of possibilities, which trigger a sharing of visions directly concerned with our daily lives in urban environments.

Residencies, fellowships, Biennales, are all opportunities that allow artists and curators to approach foreign realities, with the predetermined aim of merging them in their own artistic practice. The outcomes are windows of acknowledgement overlooking the cross-cultural encounter. Swaying in the territories between the golden age syndrome nostalgia, and the technology-led race towards an already perceivable future, the exhibition unfolds views of the ruling powers incarnated by top-down urban policies, on utopian multifaceted imaginary places, on the rhetorical disquisitions on our human nature, fueled by mixed feelings towards our digital lives. The City becomes a common denominator, where we can share struggles, fears and lyrics of the present time.

Our exhibition pays homage to Italo Calvino’s book published in 1972, still the richest reference on urban culture and its multiple meanings. The works on show stand near each other without linearity or hierarchy; they coexist in a common frame where multiple paths and plural interpretations can be traced. The exhibition evokes the universal entity that is today The City: a crossroad of lives and destinies, personal and collective dimensions, historical and visual stratifications. The filter of disappearance–the idea that observing, becoming familiar with a place, coincides with the very same space’s invisibility–is a feature that the experience of space shares with photography.

Organized in different venues around town, the exhibition’s photographs, projections and video-installations give photography new connotations without diluting its potential. In André Princìpe’s work, photography brings back to life the ghosts of past people and memories. It gravitates towards individual memories in Li Mu’s images and Thomas Sauvin’s display of archives. It is strengthened by the power of collective memory in the work of Heba Amin and Raed Yassin. Photography acts as a theatre, raising its curtain on Peter Steinhauer, Felicity Hammond, Anthony and Phillip Reed’s lyrical scenarios, that give new values to the basic elements that build a city. In Vincenzo Castella and Alessia Cargnelli’s investigations, the force of images pulls together what reality separates, as do the perspectives in the subjective documentaries of Liz Hingley, Céline Villegas and André Merian. Regula Bochsler’s city portraits are no less than apocalyptic. Representation is thinned down to its purely virtual dimension. With the passing of time, the technologies used to produce numerical images are more and more refined, offering ideally perfect depictions as a result: memories of a future past.”

Curated by Francesca Girelli, Arthub Asia in collaboration with Fantom Editions and the French Institute of Fès.

Project Speak2Tweet: case study #1
3-Channel Video and sound installation

FesExhibition (photo courtesy of Arthub Asia)


Arthub Asia, arthubasia.org
Fantom Editions, www.fantomeditions.com
French Institute of Fès, www.if-maroc.org/fes


Artraker Prize shortlist

Category : awards October 8, 2014

I’ve been shortlisted for the artraker prize for Project Speak2Tweet (Artraker [ahrt-rey-kar], noun: “An artist or organisation that shapes how people and organisations understand, engage and respond to violent conflict (and its impact), through the medium of art.”)

more information: http://www.artraker.org/heba-amin/4586002617

Check out the other great projects that have been nominated: http://www.artraker.org/2014-artrakers/4586000094

Triangulation of Conflict Territory

Category : Work in Progress August 16, 2014

Between the Port Autonome and Cansado are the ruins of an old French coastal gun emplacement designed in its day to protect the French colony from the Spanish border a few kilometres away.


In navigation, surveying, and civil engineering, triangulation is a technique for precise determination of a ship’s or aircraft’s position, and the direction of roads, tunnels, or other structures under construction. It is based on the laws of plane trigonometry which state that, if one side and two angles of a triangle are known, the other two sides and angle can be readily calculated. One side of the selected triangle is measured; this is the baseline. The two adjacent angles are measured by means of a surveying device known as a theodolite, and the entire triangle is established. By constructing a series of such triangles, each adjacent to at least one other triangle, values can be obtained for distances and angles not otherwise measurable. Triangulation was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and other peoples at a very early date, with crude sighting devices that were improved into dioptra (an early theodolite), and were described in the 1st century AD by Heron of Alexandria.

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Triangulation of Conflict Territory:

Point 1: French Gun Towers in Mauritania

Point 2: Laguera, Spanish colony in the disputed region of Morocco/Western Sahara

Point 3: Abandoned shipyard near Cansado, Mauritania



Category : presentations April 26, 2014

Understanding Revolution. Meeting Two. “Revolutionary Media”.
with Edwin Bendyk, Heba Amin, Mariya Gonchar, Klio Krajewska

April 10, 2014, Warsaw, Poland


LABORATORIUM PRZYSZŁOŚCI 2014: Zrozumieć Rewolucję Spotkanie II. Media Rewolucji from CSW TV on Vimeo.

Second meeting: “Revolutionary Media”
Lenin told the Bolsheviks that the first things they needed to capture after the outbreak of the revolution were postal mail, telegraph and telephone services. The leaders of the French Revolution were also well aware of the importance of the media of communication, and this is why they invested, among others, in the development of optical telegraph. The revolutions of the second decade of the 21st century are often called Twitter or Facebook revolutions, in order to stress the importance of new, digital media in their progress.

Media do not cause revolutions, but there are no revolutions without media. Media permit to coordinate actions, to communicate with the public opinion, and to share ideas and emotions among those involved in the fight. They act as a carrier of ideologies and programs, facilitate debate and negotiation of goals, and help to distinguish between friend and foe.

The revolution and the revolutionaries use media to express themselves. However, apart from what the revolution says about itself, it is also very meaningful to see what the media say about it, when properly analysed. Both media art and investigational reflection over the media facilitate better understanding of revolution dynamics and revolutionary subjects: human collectives acting for change.

Edwin Bendyk is the curator of “Understanding Revolution”. “Laboratory of the Future” is a project conducted by The Centre For Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle.

Resisting the News

Category : workshops March 11, 2014

5-8 March 2014, Goethe Institut Ankara, Turkey
Moderated by: Özlem Sarıyıldız
Egypt: Heba Amin, Ahmed El Shaer
Turkey: Bilge Demirtaş, Tennur Baş
Germany: Juliane Henrich, Asli Oezarslan

Inspired by Gezi Park Resistance in Turkey, ¡Resisting the news! Video-activism workshop organised by Moviemiento e.V. and Ankara based Puruli Culture&Art, will focus on civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance. During the workshop, 2 video artists / activists from Germany, 2 from Egypt and 2 from Turkey will create videos about civil disobediencen using multiple sources such as YouTube clips, news reports or mobile footage. The footage, stills and sounds will be creatively edited, manipulated and combined into a new mix that gives a new message, meaning or story. The Turkish video activist Özlem Sarıyıldız will be moderating the workshop that aims to create an alternative narrative to mainstream media. At the end of the workshop, the videos will be screened at the Goethe Institut Ankara on the 08.03.2014. A Q&A session will be held after the screening between the participants and the audience. Videos will also be shared on social media networks such as vimeo, youtube and facebook.

64th Berlinale Film Festival

Category : exhibitions March 2, 2014

“What Do We Know When We Know Where Something Is?” 9th Forum Expanded exhibition

with Heba Amin, Hannes Böck, Azin Feizabadi, Robert Fenz, Malak Helmy, Judith Hopf, Ken Jacobs, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Firas Shehadeh, Clemens von Wedemeyer


-taz.de Berlinale-Reihe „Forum Expanded“ Maschinen sehen Maschinen, Simon Rothoeler
-Festivalists The Berlinale expanse
-frieze d/e blog After Image, Arielle Bier


Category : presentations November 3, 2013


The 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology
Riga / October 8 – 11, 2013

I’m honored to have been part of this fascinating GEOSPATIAL panel at RENEW Riga with:

Erandy VERGARA. Motion, Perception and Interaction: Discussing the Kinetic Genealogies of Interactive Arts;
Andres Burbano VALDES. Inventions at the Borders of History, Re-significance of Media Technologies From Latin America; Gavin MACDONALD. Moving bodies and the map: relational and absolute conceptions of space in GPS-based art; Heba AMIN. Voices from the Revolution

Chaired by Machiko KUSAHARA

Difference Screen

Category : exhibitions October 6, 2013

Difference Screen is curated by artist Bruce Allan and curator/facilitator Ben Eastop

Contributing Artists:
Heba Amin, Tserenpil Ariuntugs, Daniel Brefin, Meng Yeh Chou, Hubert Czerepok, Phil Dadson, Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi, Adad Hannah, Alexander Hahn, Inger Lise Hansen, Ian Joyce, Zohar Kfir, Thomas Kilpper, Riaz Mehmood, Trinh Thi Nguyen, Sophie Nys, Renata Poljak, Emily Richardson, Koka Ramishvili, Patricia London ante Paris, Nika Machaidze, Stefan Riebel, Pauliina Salminen, Dan Shipsides, Cordelia Swann, Borjana Ventzislavova, Peter Wareing, Elene Asatiani, Eliane Bots, Miroslav Koranda, Sophia Tabatdze, Stephanie Endter, Max Kuzmenko, Lisa Mueller, Ulrike Penk, Kajetan Tadrowski

Difference Screen presents a diverse programme of international artists’ moving image that reflects on changing political geographies through people and places. The programme embarks on a world-wide journey, travelling across 20 countries over 2 years, interpreted by an evolving dialogue between artists, curators and audiences.

The worldwide spread of artists’ moving image practice over the past 30 or 40 years has coincided with global events of historical magnitude: from the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the 9/11 attack on New York and subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the world financial crisis of 2008 and ongoing economic tremors in Europe, and more recently, to the Arab Spring movements for democratic change. At the same time, the use of the internet and social media has become an increasingly important element both in artistic practice and social change. With a sense of a massive shifting in social, political and economic tectonics, the previous old order is challenged by the rising economies of China, India and others. We live in an age of uncertainty and change, but also of promise in the unknown. Human endeavour through science probes the boundaries of the world as we know it. New possibilities for creative potential have emerged, exploited by artists in places once overlooked, exposed to view like overturned stones to wider audiences wired into global social and media networks.

Landscape in its broadest sense is a common reference point and inextricably connected over millennia with conflict and change. Not landscape as an idealised pictorial view, but one where human intervention is always present, a dynamic and continuous landscape, hinting of recent extinctions of previous social orders, the fault-lines of interminable social conflict, or the aspirations of new communities.

More information on screenings >> http://www.differencescreen.net/

Keynote: “Project Speak2Tweet”
Berlin Social Media Week

Category : presentations October 3, 2013

“This year Social Media Week proudly presents four of the world’s leading social media activists, all from Africa and representing themes that touch our everyday lives no matter where we live or work: Slim Amamou – anti-censorship activist and one of the key leaders of the 2011 Tunisian revolution, Bisi Alimi – Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate, Japheth J. Omojuwa – Nigeria’s Foremost Political Blogger and Commentator as well as Heba Amin – Egyptian artist and scholar on Egypt’s unique Speak2Tweet project. Dora & Rico talk to Stephen Kovats who connected these powerfull speakers with SMWBerlin.”
Interview with Stephen Kovats about the speakers: download mp3

Keynote: Project Speak2Tweet

Presentation Profile here

Default 13 Masterclass, Lecce

Category : workshops September 30, 2013

From the 17th to the 26th September 2013, Default’s second edition Default 13: Masterclass in residence. Asia_Europe is taking place in Lecce.

The 2013 edition is a collaborative project between European and Asian cultural institutions, focusing on the promotion of knowledge exchange concerning curatorial and artistic practices between the two continents.

In attempt to deepen Western and Eastern perspectives on artistic and cultural practices, DEFAULT 13 aims to build a bridge between Europe and Asia involving artists and professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds within debates about culture and artistic production.

The works will take place at Manifatture Knos (Lecce), Ostello del Sole (San Cataldo, Lecce) and Acaya castle (Acaya).

Several are the international guests participating: Andrea Lissoni (Italy), Xing and curator at Hangar Bicocca; Davide Quadrio (China), curator, producer director and founder of Arthub Asia; Filipa Ramos (Portugal), writer and art critic; Roberto Paci Dalò (Italy), artist, composer; Alessio Antoniolli (Italy), director of Gasworks in London; Francesca Girelli (Italy), curator at Arthub Asia; Bert de Muynck and Mónica Carriço (China) co-founders of MovingCities; Heba Amin (Egypt), artist; Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya (India) from Design Machine Collective.

The Asian and European artists selected through an international open call are: Alessandro Carboni (Italy), Charlotte Bosanquet (Northern Ireland), Dhanya Pilo (India), Diego Cibelli (Italy), Eun Young Sophia Kang (South Korea), Farid Aditama Rakub (Indonesia), Felicity Hammond (UK), Gilly Karjevsky (Israel/Germany), Guo Xinglang (China), Jaime Reis (Portugal), Kanokwan Nathibayapthis (Thailand), Kazim Ali (Pakistan), Luiza Margan (Croatia/Bulgaria), Sigrid Espellien (Norway), Taryn Anne Edmonds (Hong Kong/UK), Hannah Stearn (UK), Marco Ceroni (Italy), Fabio Santacroce (Italy), Claudia Roselli (Italy), Sarawut Chutiwongpeti (Thailand), Laura Plana Gracia (Spain).

more information at: ramdom.net