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March – 2010 

“Stammer” is a multifaceted art project that utilizes multimedia, text, drawings, videos and installations. The idea is represented in seven separate parts of which the first was exhibited in 2007 among the works of a group exhibition titled “Occidentalism”. The first part of the series was titled "Stammer" (an interactive project).
Each part of this project reflects a different dimension, yet all share a common concept. That concept is based on the input of the interactive organic unity of mental and physical activity, and under the influence of the disability of both realms to express themselves individually in a free socially interactive manner, and where the input of this organic unity is related to many other areas of research like the concept of "disability" in its abstract form as well as the relationship between the physical and the metaphysical, the theoretical and the materialistic, subjectivity and objectivity, and finally the concept of oppression in paradox with freedom.

The idea represents the creative aspects of mental "physiogeography" and the origin of consciousness. The combination of time, distance, place, relations, names, situations and actions creates this elaborate map of the human persona. It is through those elements that our existence gains meaning and limitation in our minds within a virtual mental environment.

Stammer is the moment where the conscious mind loses control for it is always bound within three parallel planes: "The mind", "The Physical Existence" and the "Power of Imagination". Control is a result of the forces of determination and order that decide which plane will be presented to interact with the outside world. At the same time, I try to move consciously through those planes to other areas of extreme subjectivity derived from my personal memories and subjective history through a virtual conceptual logic.

It is this exceptional frozen moment when I feel in communion with my own self where everything stops moving and appears to be more vivid and poetic. It is the moment when universal relations become more crystallized and secrets and meanings come to life. Every line gains an exceptional straightness. I observe myself from a distance, my face concentric with the blackboard in my class and everything appears in perfect symmetry. I then try to create that unity within along side that green space in my mind.

Stammer – Interactive project 2007
This project deals with the idea of stammer through opposing perspectives. The idea of disability and isolation related to that phenomenon in paradox with the outwardness of physical/social interaction specifies the role of the body in the process of shaping and continuous reshaping of culture. Four media artists have introduced this aspect through four media and performance experimentations:

Artist Ahmed Bassiouny
Presented the idea in an interactive manner giving the viewer the choice between the vocal identity interpreted through a light system and the identity of the self image. In which both alternate roles in a power struggle that changes its nature with every new participant having his face captured by the surveillance camera.
Artist Magdy Mostafa 
Experiments in digital sound art, recording everyday environmental sounds within the space of the exhibition hall to be played once again after being digitally manipulated into atmospheric soundscapes that suggest alternate virtual environments.
Artist Hossam Hodhod
Invites the audience in his everyday performance throughout the ten days of the exhibition to manipulate and reshape his face through a huge mass of modeling clay, thus inviting the viewers to recreate a new identity in every moment of the performance for about a whole hour.
Artist Youssef Ragheb
Invites the viewer to step into the space of the interactive artwork through a three dimensional screen in order to interact with a digital world created by icons of western culture floating in space around the audience. Those icons became a part of our eastern culture through mass media and the artist links each icon to a vocal commentary or sound that in combination with the icon creates either a cynical or a dramatic critique through the interchange of icons and sounds.

Stammer – Lecture in theory 2007
The project is divided into two segments, a twelve minute video and a thirty minute live performance. The concept represents the attempt to envision three parallel virtual mental planes through which the artist moves in a performance between a scene where he confronts the audience through reading, drawing, and writing in three different mediums. This questions the nature of transformation between what is physical, internal, spontaneous, dramatic, and theoretically portrays the conscious and perceptive states when trying to read and explain the theory of descriptive duality which examines the relation between mind and body.
The psychological intensity of the scene increases as the artist keeps alternating between both states until both ends freeze and both are incapable of expression anymore.

Stammer – Words 2008
This sequel is represented through a couple of large format video installations identical in duration each in a six minute loop where the artist tries to create harmony between two conceptually contradicting scenes. He tries to describe the process of lingual structure and the creation of verbal patterns which is a process that seems to be theoretical by design and at the same time the body is incapable of breaking free of the weight of its other dramatic meanings which collect at the top of his head and explode randomly to fill up the place with abstract noise.

Stammer – Shady >< Pablo 2008
This sequel is represented through a couple of corresponding video screens identical in duration each in a six minute loop where the artist participates with another Spanish artist " Pablo Di Soto" in a vocal performance through both screens. They both try to examine the vocal secrets that constitute meanings in Arabic and Spanish words which define their unique cultural structure. In this correspondence they try to switch roles through what they call “The voice of the strait” which is a narrow virtual space where they can vocally meet beyond the cultural and language barriers.

Stammer – Research 2009
This is a multimedia installation utilizing text, images, recordings, videos, photography, and drawings in an archival form that resembles in a way the artists' studio. All the combined media begin to envision the concept of "research" as a conceptual structure that demands a lot of information gathering, categorizing and storing…etc.
The main objective of the work is to discover the concept of energy and its relation with the interaction of matter within our bodies that controls functions as well as the constant formation of matter and the spiritual energy that stores memories and produces ideas. The artwork aims at creating a virtual body created conceptually in space enabling all what is theoretical and physical to interact freely.

Stammer – Rehearsals for an important statement 2009
This project is based on a multi screen video that examines the concept of textual structure and the narrative analysis through a large collection of recorded performances with recited and written texts that take different forms each time. It combines the analysis of the textual structure as combinations with definite mathematical systems and the structure of context and meaning. The work is introduced through a critical idea where the artist himself tries to represent it through his chalk drawings in sometimes furious attempts directed towards a statement reading that clarifies his criticizing stand on ideas of cultural and artistic mass marketing under the label of exotic products not as abstract creative products.

Stammer – Class 2010
This part is illustrated through two adjacent videos. The idea evolves to describe a virtual environment where the mind defines itself using the power of poetic texts and ritualistic hymns preserving the double meaning of the expression in it's original Arabic context.
"The class" as a separator between different areas and "The class" as a learning environment that over flows with interactive and participating energy. The contradiction in definition might be achieved theoretically through one word as it might happen through one body.

Participant artists
Shady Elnoshokaty, Ahmed Bassiouny, Magdy Mostafa, Hossam Hodhod, Youssef Ragheb
Curator: Shady Elnoshokaty

Phtography: Yahya Diwer

 

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