|Date:||Monday, 28 April 2014|
As part of The Public Domain’s Open Studio programme, Delfina Foundation’s resident Sherief Gaber, along with Khalid Abdalla, discuss their involvement as core members of Mosireen, a non-profit media collective born out of the explosion of citizen journalism and cultural activism in Egypt during the revolution. In conversation with Basia Lewandowska Cummings, an UK Associate of The Public Domain.
Mosireen was established in Tahrir Square during the original 18 days of the revolution in January 2011. The collective films the ongoing revolution, collects and publishes videos that challenge state media narratives, and provides training and equipment on film production. They share and disseminate elements of their growing archive in the public sphere through the internet, television channels, cheap CDs and DVDs, bluetooth transmitters and public screenings. Three months after it began, Mosireen became the most watched non-profit YouTube channel in Egypt of all time and in the whole world in January 2012.
Basia Lewandowska Cummings is a writer, editor and film curator based in London. She contributes to frieze, Contemporary &, and The Wire. In 2013, she co-authored a book with Hisham Awad on film and editing titled Four Ways to Read the Cut, which was published by 98weeks in Beirut. She has curated various film programmes, including discussions and events for Bold Tendencies, Film Africa, the New York Africa Film Festival, Gasworks gallery, Beirut Art Centre, and the Southbank Centre. In January 2014 she became writer-in-residence at Jerwood Visual Arts, London, and she is currently Associate Editor at Noch Publishing.