AUC’s Tahrir Cultural Center announces a trilogy of exhibitions addressing questions of art, technology and society. Collectively, these exhibitions probe the creative disruptions and possibilities enabled by technology. Technology helps generate the conditions of possibility for creating, circulating and seeing new kinds of art, while the artistic imagination extends the capacity of technology for social change. At the same time, technology can erect other kinds of barriers whose implications can remain obscure. How does the artist’s visual language reflect, engage and impact the relationship between technology and society?
Beit Um Amel marks VJ Um Amel’s first solo exhibition in the Arab world. The Egyptian-American artist suggests there is no longer a digital divide between theory and practice, and that the integration of technology into our everyday lives means we are all already living an immersive digital experience. The figures of Arab cyborg and mother come together in VJ Um Amel, who will transform AUC’s Future Gallery into her home, Beit Um Amel. Welcoming visitors into her home, the cyborg asks that we navigate shifting data landscapes with greater attention, awareness and an insistence on hope.
Featured image: VJ Um Amel, Rosetta Tweets Archive (2012), image courtesy of the artist.