Sameh Al Tawil art portfolio 2012

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Samples of my recent art projects
Video art, Interactive art, installations, live-performance and photography
projects has been exhibited in Germany and Egypt since 1999
find more on my website
www.samehaltawil.com

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Sameh Al Tawil art portfolio 2012

  1. 1. Sameh Al Tawil P o r t f o l i oJ a n u a r y 2 0 1 2
  2. 2. STOP Life-Video/Audio performanceExhibited in Cairo Performance festival 2011 STOP live-performance is dedicated to the dissolution of barriers between virtual and real space.Deals with the question of appropriate instruments to cross the borders between the real and virtual worlds.In this performance artist looks for solutions in available strategies of content and technology, and for new instruments, which have yet to be developed.Opening both worlds for each other equals the creation of an imaginary space, which is made available for staging. Stop Performance concentrates on the perception of viewers, recipients and dancer of and within this imaginary space. The “stage in one’s head” as an imagination area.The theme of this project has been in existence at my mind since the Egyptian revolution days 01/2011. The common feature of these project and some of my recent projects is the concern to develop and continue the possibilities of expanding exhibition space. V/A Manipulation by Sameh Al Tawil |  Performer: Kamal Rabea 2011 Click here to Watch the Video
  3. 3. STOPLife-Video/Audio performanceExhibited in Cairo Performancefestival 2011 Click here to Watch the Video
  4. 4. MIND SQUEEZE Life-Video performance Exhibited in my Youtube channel 2010Mind-squeeze: Video and performance 2010In this project I was trying to perform a real-time physicalmind-squeezeMind-squeeze is an expression used when someone istrying to come-up with a big original idea or a creativesolution for a big problem.I suffer most of the time thinking about several thingsstarting with an advertising idea ending to myself, mysociety and the whole world!in this video i was trying to use my body movement andreal time music as well to increase my thinkingperformance and to show a physical translation of thethinking procedure real-time in front of a webcam.
  5. 5. BRAINSTORMMusical performance 2010Brainstorm: Performance 2010In this project I was trying to squeeze my brain moreand more real-time in order to get more than a visualideas or phrases, I used my body-language and mymusic knowledge as well to express my feelings aboutmany things in a powerful way...Technically, I’ve programed a simple Audio programwith Max MSP language translates my body’s positionsinto music, so i can Visualize & audiolize my ideas atthe same time. I’ve performed many differentbrainstorming sessions with different topics, one time iwas analyzing my history and trying to makeconnections between different stations in my life trip.Soft&hardware:- Max Msp 5- Wii remote- FM8 music-Osculator 1.10
  6. 6. BRAINSTORMING Musical performance 2010,Exhibition in Karmat ebn hany Hall, Cairo, EgyptBrainstorming is a name for a time or a meetingwhere/when people set together and squeeze theirminds to come up with new idea or solve a problemin a creative wayMy brainstorm performance was a chance for my toconfess, remember things and analyze certain points inmy life taking decisions and find solutions in front ofmyself and publicsClick here to Watch the Video
  7. 7. SOLO 1 Video&Performance 2005, Exhibited in the Fine art academy in Munich, GermanySOLO: Video and performancein this project I was thinking about myself as an Arabicguy in Germany! carrying all of my history and cultureover my head... the difference between the culture i amcoming from and the western Culture was like ahandcuffs on my hands ....this performance and video was a decision to play pianoeven with the handcuffs.... I decided to keep bothcultures and mix them inside me to come up with myown world.In this project i’ve improvised oriental music for pianoand played it myself real-timeClick here to Watch the Video
  8. 8. SOLO 2Video&Performance 2005, Exhibited in the Click here to Watch the VideoFine art academy in Munich, GermanySOLO2: Video and performancein this project I was thinking about myself as an Arabicman in Germany! carrying all of my history and cultureover my head... the difference between the culture i amcoming from and the western Culture was like ahandcuffs on my hands ....this performance and video was an oriental scream onconga with the handcuffs....In this project i’ve improvised oriental rhythm for congaand played it myself real-time
  9. 9. MEETING Interactive video-installation 2006Meeting: Interactive video-installationIn this project I’ve Created a virtual meetingbetween the publics and a video guy laying on ahospital bed when people come near the bed thevirtual guy detect the visitors and start a talk aboutmany themes, about himself, difficulties, love, Click here to Watch the VideoRevolution, death, Etc… he sings sometimes,screams, laugh.. and when people leave he stoppedtalking.this project was an invitation to accept andcommunicate with others even if they come fromanother dimensions!Url: Watch Video
  10. 10. MEETING Interactive video-installation 2006Exhibition in the Fine art academy in Click here to Watch the VideoMunich, Germany 01/2006
  11. 11. MEETING Interactive video-installation 2006Exhibition in the Goethe instituteCairo, Egypt 10/2006
  12. 12. Exhibited 3/2005 in the U-ban galleryMunich, Germany VISITORS Video 2005Visitors: Video and performancethis video has been made in Saudi Arabia in the desertI invited some of my Egyptian friends in Saudi to meet inthe desert and discuss our problems as foreignerstalk, fight, make fun, in front of a cameraafter that i started to manipulate the video andproduced a video version of our meetingthe video visualize in an artistic way how they feel abouttheir lifeClick here to Watch the Video
  13. 13. VISITORS Video 2005Click here to Watch the VideoExhibition in the U-ban gallery Munich,Germany 3/2005
  14. 14. NO WAY Animation 2004 vNo Way: AnimationI‘ve started this animation as a sketch for my video“Visitors” i was just exploring the human life -tempothen i developed it to deliver a new idea about culturalRevolution.for me cultures are like tempo in music, we all havedifferent life-tempo according to our culturesthe word no way means no right direction or accuratetempo for everyone... Revolution is a sudden sync to ourown tempo, we should deal with the cultural differencesand the smart one never forget his tempo andunderstands and taste other tempos an wellExhibited in the Fine art academy in Munich,Germany 01/2004Click here to Watch the Video
  15. 15. (26) Video 200526: VideoIt’s my 26th birthdayand i decided to create another video about myselfand my life-tempoI got a motorcycle and captured a video with themaximum speed i could reachlater i decided to make the video more blur and noisybut still fastthis is my life at this time Speedy, shiny, noisy andfunny at the same timeClick here to Watch the Video
  16. 16. TANZ FÜHRER Supper 8 video manipulation 2005This project based on an old 8mm footage i foundaccidentally, that has a documentary for Hitler in munichthe main idea was to puppet the strong Hitler and makehim dance.I started to play with this footage physically by coloringand scratching it then to play with the old 8mmprojector by speeding, inverting and slowing the filmby playing the video bake and force i got a basic dancemovement synchronized with the old projector noisysound.
  17. 17. TAWLA Video - installationTawla: Video 2004Exhibited is Goethe institute Hall, Cairo EgyptIt’s a Documentary video installation visualized adialogue between two Egyptians when they are playingBackgammon on a cafe on the street in cairo.... thedialogue summarized most of the life aspects in Egyptand sometimes the background spontaneously completethe dialogue.Click here to Watch the Video
  18. 18. DOMINO Video documentary 2005Domino is a very public game in egypt that couldbe found in almost all of the cafes, 4 people can play atthe same time for about 1 hour in order to finish oneround.... this video documents one round of a dominogame where you can see the players hands and heartheir voices talking about many things politics, religion,Fun, Etc...Click here to Watch the Video
  19. 19. DOMINO Video 2005Click here to Watch the Video
  20. 20. KOPF Video installation 2004Kopf: Real-time Video installation and performanceExhibited in Goethe institute Hall, Cairo Egypt I’ve created this project in Germany 2004 ,in this project I ‘ve created a virtual cafe in the Click here to Watch the Videoexhibition hall in cairo and projected a real-time 5video streams from Egypt and Germany for 5different people (including myself) sitting on cafes inCairo and Munichthe virtual space shows the 5 people as if they aresitting together, this video is a virtual try to Mix theEgyptian German culture visually .
  21. 21. Kopf: Real-time Video installation and performanceExhibited in Goethe institute Hall, Cairo Egypt 2004Click here to Watch the Video
  22. 22. GRABMAL Video installation 2004, Exhibition “Right on time” Frankfurt Dom, GermanyGrabmal or Ma’am in arabic is a holygrave for a holy person,s people visit thegrave to pray and wish things for themselvesand their relatives and friends, whatinterests me that many people believes thatthe dead guy still has the power and theconnection to god, and his grave is acommunication access point..... I decided toimitate this symbol (grave) and alreadybuilded a grave in the exhibition hall infrankfort and projected a sufi dancers videoin the background wallsto put the viewers on the same situationand see how it would affect people fromother culture
  23. 23. GRABMAL Video installation 2004, Exhibition “Right on time” Frankfurt Dom, GermanyClick here to hear the ambient
  24. 24. RADIO Video 2001Radio: Video documentaryA short video of an Egyptian friend ” Haney”the video captures a 20 Min of his work-lifein the very old workshop owned by his fathera very unproductive process and an old radioin the background commented in a very funnyand spontaneous way on the video.Click here to watch the Video
  25. 25. Cupboard: Video documentaryAnother short video of an Egyptian friend ” Alaa”the video captures a 20 Min of his life in an oldstorage.. and how he is dealing with the life limitationsthe radio is playing again a big roll of enriching thevideo in avery artistic way... but the cupboard playedthe greater one!Click here to Watch the Video CUPBOARD Video 2001
  26. 26. SLAVERY DOCUMENTSDocumentation 2005
  27. 27. SLAVERY DOCUMENTS Documentation 2000Slavery documents: Performance, photos, Mono-types, andinstallationthis project is a very first try for me to evaluate myself and thesociety surround me, I’ve created this art work during my work-residence in Saudi Arabia1999-2000 ... Although, I needed thisjob to get money for my study expenses in germany, but I wasvery angry about the country and the inhumanity in it’s low, as aforeigner employee i need to take a written permission from myemployer for any and everything! can’t travel, or even buy a carwithout permission! it’s one year of slavery with documentsI’ve collected all the official permissions and some photos for mewearing a saudi clothes and some photos for other slaves.this folder is a documentations about my feelings in saudi at the Click here to Watch the Projecttime 1999-2000
  28. 28. SLAVERY DOCUMENTSPerformance 2000 In this project I was trying to explain my feelings about my life in Saudi 1999-2000 I felt myself as a slave in a package I missed my human rights and freedom In this performance i covered myself and some other employees with plastic to communicate that we became a blurry humans, and the plastic covered with stamps and shipping structures as if we are cargos ready for shipping Click here to Watch the Project
  29. 29. SELECTION OF MY PHOTOGRAPHY since 2005“PALACE” By Sameh Al Tawil 2011
  30. 30. “PALACE” By Sameh Al Tawil 2011
  31. 31. “PALACE” By Sameh Al Tawil 2011
  32. 32. REVOLUTIONEgypt is free session 2011
  33. 33. REVOLUTIONEgypt is free session 2011
  34. 34. TIME MAPPortrait session 2010
  35. 35. TIME MAPPortrait session 2010
  36. 36. FAYOUMLandscape session 2010
  37. 37. FAYOUMLandscape session 2010
  38. 38. FAYOUMLandscape session 2010
  39. 39. STILL LIFELandscape session 2010
  40. 40. SEALandscape session 2010
  41. 41. CAIRO CITYLandscape session 2010
  42. 42. MASSIVEUrban session 2010
  43. 43. MASSIVEUrban session 2010
  44. 44. Thank youwww.Samehaltawil.com

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