Omar Kholeif
Works in London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

BIO
Omar Kholeif (EGYPT/UK) is a curator, writer, editor and sometime producer. A specialist in contemporary artist film, video and emerging technology, his work also boasts a focus on contemporary cultural practice within the broader intersections of North Africa and the Middle East. His writing appears in The Guardian, Art Monthly, Wired, Film International, Frieze and Artforum International, as well as in numerous catalogue and book contributions. Omar holds degrees from the University of Glasgow, Screen Academy Scotland, The Royal College of Art, London, and a PhD candidate at the University of Reading.

Omar was Curator at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, the UK’s leading centre for the support, commission and exhibition of artist film, video and new media. Since 2010, Kholeif has also been a Curator at Cornerhouse, Manchester’s international art and film organisation and HOME Manchester, as well as Artistic Director at the Arab British Centre, London.

He is founding Director of the UK’s Arab Film Festival. Formerly, he was a co-curator for Abandon Normal Devices and the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, where he was a co-curator for the 2012 edition.

Kholeif is Senior Editor of Ibraaz, the leading critical forum for visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East. He was also a co-founding editor of Portal 9: Stories and Critical Writing About the City — a Beirut-based semi-annual focusing on urbanism and architecture.

Kholeif has curated projects and events, which have occurred at the The International Film Festival Rotterdam; ICA, London; Tate Modern, London; ‘Beirut’ in Cairo; Rhizome at the New Museum, New York; Arnolfini, Bristol and Art Dubai, to name but a few. He has also lectured internationally in the likes of Munich, Boston, London, Cairo, Alexandria, Sharjah, New York, and Los Angeles.

From December 2012 – January 2014, Kholeif headed up Art & Technology at SPACE, where he was curator and director of The White Building, London’s centre for art and technology.

In December 2013, Kholeif was appointed as Curator at The Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Omar is a Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a juror for the 2013 Film London Jarman Award and a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

Omar Kholeif’s books include, Vision, Memory and Media (Liverpool University Press 2010), Far and Wide: Nam June Paik (Leonardo 2013) and You Are Here: Art after the Internet (Cornerhouse Books, 2014).

He can be reached through his site www.everythingok.co.uk.
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EVENT

Open Studio Exhibition and GLTI.CH KARAOKE


Dates:
Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:00 - Sun Aug 18, 2013

FREE

Saturday 17th August, 12 – 6 pm

Sunday 18th August, 12 – 6 pm


Join Sam Ashby, Jesse Darling, Fabienne Hess and Jon Rafman for a special two-day open studio exhibition. This is an opportunity to see new work in the process of its development. Works will range from a new science fiction short film filmed in Second Life, an unfathomable gelatin sculpture, a bespoke publishing project and a new slide-projection, and more.

The event will be followed on Sunday by a special evening of GLTI.CH Karaoke from 7 PM to 11 PM.

More info on the latter here: http://thewhitebuilding.org.uk/whats-on/glti-ch-karoake/

Image credit: Fabienne Hess.


EVENT

Open Studio Exhibition and GLTI.CH KARAOKE


Dates:
Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:00 - Sun Aug 18, 2013

FREE

Saturday 17th August, 12 – 6 pm

Sunday 18th August, 12 – 6 pm


Join Sam Ashby, Jesse Darling, Fabienne Hess and Jon Rafman for a special two-day open studio exhibition. This is an opportunity to see new work in the process of its development. Works will range from a new science fiction short film filmed in Second Life, an unfathomable gelatin sculpture, a bespoke publishing project and a new slide-projection, and more.

The event will be followed on Sunday by a special evening of GLTI.CH Karaoke from 7 PM to 11 PM.

More info on the latter here: http://thewhitebuilding.org.uk/whats-on/glti-ch-karoake/

Image credit: Fabienne Hess.


OPPORTUNITY

Call for Applications: The White Building / LUX Collection Residency


Deadline:
Fri Oct 04, 2013 13:00

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

THE WHITE BUILDING / LUX COLLECTION RESIDENCY


SPACE and LUX are delighted to announce a new collaborative residency programme based at LUX and the new SPACE-run cultural venue, The White Building, London’s centre for art, technology and sustainability.

Proposals are invited from artists to undertake a research-based residency within the LUX collection, Europe's largest collection of artists' film and video, leading to the creation of new work and the production of a series of events during the residency period at The White Building.

Founded in 1966, the LUX Collection represents over 6000 works by more than 1500 artists dating from the early twentieth century to the present day. Originally established with a policy of open access submission, the changing nature of the organisation and its acquisition policies over the decades have created a eclectic combination of well-known and near unseen works, spanning experimental film, performance, essay film through to contemporary digital video. This residency invites artists to consider the context of the collection in relationship to their own practice, with the potential to explore not only the works within it but the economic structures, material histories, relationships and even ellipses that surround it. As part of their research the artist will be encouraged and supported to stage a series of events (such as screenings, talks and performances) that reflect on their project during the course of the residency.

Residency Period
15 January 2014 - 31 March 2014

On Offer
£1200 Honorarium
£600 Production Budget
£1000 (up to) for event-based outcomes
Access to a shared studio for up to 3 months at the White Building, based in Hackney Wick
Access to the LUX and the LUX collection
Curatorial and professional development support and opportunities from both SPACE and LUX staff
Travel and accommodation is not included

Applicants must hold an EU passport or UK-residency and not be in formal education during the residency period.

TO APPLY PLEASE COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM HERE: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1537266-kwhiFJh8Gc

Deadline for Applications: 4th October 2013