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Ikono On Air Programme Announced

Just a few days left to ikono TV’s very first on air and online art festival. Get ready to celebrate this pioneering moment in TV history: from the 6th to the 29th of September you can watch more than 200 hours of video art. The daily programme will feature artworks from established and emerging artists from all over the world. The festival will present contemporary perspectives on film, video art, and other time-based art forms, exclusively broadcasted on TV and on live stream. Wherever you are, you can now become part of a global community of art lovers.

Omar Kholeif has curated a special programme entitled, Syndrome of A Decade, More info HERE.


Abandon Normal Devices

‘Follow’ is a live and evolving documentary about performer Scottee’s experiment to gain more Twitter followers than Russell Grant. Russell has over 40,000 followers. Scottee has only 3072, and feels slightly disenfranchised by social media, but things are about to change.

From an isolated room in Liverpool, Scottee aims to devote some serious time to uncover the true secret of Twitter popularity. Told over 4 different episodes (each one responding to live events), just how far will Scottee go in his quest to gain more followers? Will he trend in the process? Only time will tell.

Watch HERE

*This project forms part of Abandon Normal Devices

Art and Subversion: An Interview with Omar Kholeif

Subversion. Featuring work by Akram Zaatari, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Khaled Hafez, Larissa Sansour, Marwa Arsanios, Sharif Waked, Sherif El-Azma, Tarzan and Arab, and Wafaa Bilal.Curated by Omar Kholeif. Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, UK. 14 April – 5 June 2012, preview/symposium 13 April 2012.

[Omar Kholeif is Curator of Subversion, a large-scale exhibition and public program, which runs until 5 June 2012 at Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK. More about Omar Kholeifhere; follow him on Twitter here.]

Anthony Alessandrini (AA): What was the idea behind this show, and what made you decide to curate it?

Omar Kholeif (OK): The spark for Subversion clicked in my head in 2009. I had just come back from a frustrating summer in Egypt trying to find some material in a number of different deteriorating film archives, and when I returned to the UK everyone was buzzing about a show in London that had lots of so-called Middle Eastern (and Arab) artists in it. It was a show entitled Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East at the Saatchi Gallery in London. This triggered all sorts of emotions within me and many of the artists with whom I was working, both from within and from outside of the Arab world. At that point I felt, and I still feel much the same way now, that Western institutions were still talking about artists from particular parts of the world using the same rhetoric that originated from post-colonial writers in the 1990s. In a sense, we had never moved beyond outdated modes of identity politics. Instead, I wanted to talk about what it means to be an individual in a post-internet, post social media human condition.

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Space Invaders Trailer

Watch a trailer from the latest exhibition at FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool — an exhibition curated by FACT, and the Netherlands Media Arts Institute, exploring the blurred boundaries between real spaces, and virtual reality.

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