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13 March - 15 Marchtbc
Latest edition of the biennial art and design conference hosted and organised by VCUarts Qatar since 2004 for international designers, artists, academics, students, industry professionals, and the local community.
The theme for this year will be Hekayat (“stories”) and Tasmeem 2019 will feature workshops, exhibitions and “prominent speakers from all over the world”. Wajiha Pervez, one of four co-chairs, said: “Hekayat is about the conversation that happens between the start and end, the challenges and hurdles, and how you complete a journey. It’s all the layers that no one talks about.”
The talks programme includes some interesting names – including Kuwait illustrator and graphic designer Ahmed Alrefaie (OwaikeO), photographer/filmmaker Julia Leeb, the uber-cool young ceramicist Eric Landon, and director and co-founder of Amman Design Week Rana Beiruti.
The workshops look a lot of fun, too: among them are Bandhani tie-dying from Kutch Gujarat, “Modelmaking in the Digital Age” (using silicone moulds and resins), a collaborative call-and-response felted artist book, story writing using Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style to presents the same story in six different ways, and “Utopian Dystopias” – combining architectural imagery and typography to create “landscapes we can see ourselves creating in”.
And there’s performance art in the shape of Iranian computer artist Ali Phi with Elemaun, a performance-driven audiovisual project concentrated on Persian motifs, the forgotten essence of Iran as an inspirational region and the middle-eastern philosophy. Elemaun is “an electronic reproduction and sampling of ritual and regional music of Iran, and its rhythms and patterns are the main material of this project in both formats of sound and visual”. Sounds (as it were) interesting …