Friday, June 10, 2011

Roaming Images Workshop at Maraya Art Centre

The Roaming Images workshop is based on the theoretical concept of “Images Make Sense.” This will give a short art-historical account on the ways that western models of vision have been developed and influenced during Renaissance by culture and science in the Arab world. Such a comparison aims to create a base for discussion that will lead to a research of contemporary phenomena.

Here is an overview of lecturers at the first workshop session:

Sotirios Bahtsetzis is an art historian and independent curator. In 2005 he was awarded a PhD in Art History from the Technische Universität of Berlin (with highest honor). The subject of his dissertation, to be published by Fink publications, is the history of installation art. Since 2006 he is adjunct professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Thessaly and the Hellenic Free University in Greece. Between 2002 and 2004 he taught History of Culture and Visual Culture at London Metropolitan University, and he was research-coordinator at the Museum Of Installation, London (Installation Art in the New Millennium, Thames & Hudson, 2003). His research interests focus on the history of installation art, theory of space and image theory (visual perception, psychology, phenomenology, psychoanalysis) in relation to interdisciplinary approaches (theory of film, visual media technology, gender studies and political philosophy).

George Katodrytis is an architect involved in practice, teaching and research. He is currently Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah. He studied and taught at the Architectural Association in London and he has been a visiting professor at various schools around the world. He has built a number of projects in Europe and the Middle East as well as published widely on contemporary architecture, urbanism, cultural theory and digital media. The work addresses the ‘city’, especially as it is evolving in the 21st century. He has adopted digital technology and scripting as tools for establishing new formal and performative models in architecture.

Ebtisam Abdul-Aziz is a multidisciplinary artist, Curator and writer from and based in the UAE. Reflecting her Bachelor’s Degree in Science & Mathematics, AbdulAziz incorporates her unique perspective on mathematics and the structures of systems to explore issues of identity and culture through installations, performance pieces and works on paper. Her works are evidence of a fascinated with systemic ways to produce emotionally or intellectually meaningful forms of expression. Combining the scientific with the arbitrary, at times juxtaposing the two in order to force the viewer to question their assumptions about rules in the natural and formulaic world, Abdul-Aziz is methodical in her explorations. Her approach functions within the realm of the Gestalt theory and the recognition that understanding something is greater than perceiving the sum of all of its parts.

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