Samirah Alkassim

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  • America University Cairo

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2015

    Samirah Alkassim & Laura U. Marks, curators. Samirah Alkassim is an independent documentary filmmaker and film educator with many years experience living and working in the MIddle East. She has over 12 years experience teaching film production and studies in Singapore, Cairo, Jordan, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Formerly head of the film program at the American University in Cairo. Some of her published articles include “Cracking the Monolith: Film and Video Art in Egypt” (New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, April 2004), and “Tracing an Archaeology of Experimental Video in Cairo” (Nebula, April 2006).  Laura U. Marks is a scholar, theorist, and programmer of independent and experimental media arts. She works on the media arts of the Arab world, intercultural perspectives on new media art, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture. Her most recent books are Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT Press, 2010) and Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT Press, 2015). She has curated programs of experimental media for festivals and art spaces worldwide. She teaches in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

International Programme Committee:


  • 2015 Overview: Information Erupts into Perception

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