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

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
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The Week Ahead: Situationist Tubing Edition

Hey Rhizome, thanks so much for featuring us, but just to let you know, the link yo our open studio doesn't seem to be working. Hope all is well :)


The Week Ahead: Situationist Tubing Edition

Hey Rhizome, thanks so much for featuring us, but just to let you know, the link yo our open studio doesn't seem to be working. Hope all is well :)


The Week Ahead: Situationist Tubing Edition

Hey Rhizome, thanks so much for featuring us, but just to let you know, the link yo our open studio doesn't seem to be working. Hope all is well :)


You Are Here: White Building Open Studios + Afterparty

Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:00 - Sun Jul 28, 2013

Open Studio Exhibition
Residency Studio, Ground Floor, The White Building

Saturday 27th July, 12:00 – 19:00

Sunday 28th July, 12:00 – 19:00

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 film, sculpture, publishing and photography.

Sunday 28th July

On Sunday night after our Open Studio, why not come and enjoy our specially brewed beer at an after party hosted by The White Building's residency artists.

Resident artists Sam Ashby and Jesse Darling will be on the proverbial turntables playing hidden gems, the odd Beyonce tune and more.

On the projector will be a surprise film, or some kicking video art (we've yet to decide). It's going to be a whole load of fun.

More info here:

The White Building is a SPACE project

This event coincides with the Open East Festival, and celebrates a year of The White Building.


OPEN CALL: Residencies at SPACE and The White Building, London

Wed Apr 17, 2013 17:00

London , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

SPACE invite applications for two rounds of Permacultures residencies based in the dedicated residency studio at the White Building, Hackney Wick.

WE ARE HERE will consist of 6 x one-month residencies for UK artists and 1 three-month residency for an international residency artist.

This is an open call for proposals from artists whose work sits at the intersection of issues of technology and ecology.

Deadline: Wed 17 Apr 2013, 5pm

///// Residency Dates /////

UK Residencies:
June/July: 3 residencies
December/January: 3 residencies

International Residency:
Flexible – Between June 2013 – March 2014

WE ARE HERE thematic:
We live in an era of perpetual dislocation, one that finds images shifting across media into un-rooted geographies, producing meanings that at times are arguably independent from reality. The proliferation of technologically driven platforms in the post web 2.0 era is not merely an issue of distribution, but about how shifting an object from its specific locality, alters it meaning altogether, turning it into something different than its original form.

How then do we navigate the terse and flat sphere that is the 2-D smart phone, laptop and iPad screen? How do we begin to discern, delineate and synthesise content that is political from the playful and the subversive? How do we even define art in an era where activists and artists are occupying the same spheres and utilising the same language, the same interfaces and aesthetics?

These residency projects will seek to question the tensions that have arisen out of our contemporary mobile culture.

The UK Artists will receive:
- A fee of £1200
- A production allowance of £600
- Studio space
- Curatorial support and programming opportunities

The International Residency Artist will receive:
- A 3 month residency, with a fee of £1500 per month
- A production allowance of £400/a month
- Accommodation
- Studio space
-Return Flight
- Curatorial support and programming opportunities

///// How to apply /////

Read the full brief - available for download here.

Ensure you submit the following:

-1 x Proposal for new project or production to be developed or completed during the residency period (max 2 x pages of A4)
-1 x Artist CV
-1 x Statement of Intent Describing What You Seek to Gain from The Residency
-Examples of previous work (Max 8 Images; Max 4 Video Links; Max 1 PDF)
-Full Contact Details (including telephone, mobile number and residency address)

Please also include SPACE's Diversity Monitoring form - available here.

More about Permacultures here: