March 9, 2015

VCUQatar Opens Tasmeem Doha 2015

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar in partnership with the Qatar Foundation launched its biennial art and design conference Tasmeem Doha 2015 on Sunday, 8 March 2015.
Tasmeem Doha 2015
Tasmeem Doha 2015: ‘3ajeeb!’ is open to the public and takes place at VCUQatar until 12 March, with presentations on Tuesday 2 – 5 pm, Wednesday 1 – 8 pm and Thursday 3 -7 pm. Please see the schedule for more details (

The 2015 edition of Tasmeem Doha focuses on the theme of ‘playfulness’ as expressed by the Arabizi word 3ajeeb! (ahh-jhee-b) meaning “strange in a strange way, cool in a cool way, and slightly weird in a slightly weird way.”
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Tasmeem Doha 3ajeeb! will foster discussions on playful processes as a creative practice to generate new knowledge, technologies and discoveries.

The 3ajeeb! studios feature 26 workshops led by multidisciplinary artists, designers, architects, performers and musicians. They include: Making Animated Gifs In Fashion; Robots With Character; Turning the Tables on Table Tennis; The Nomadic Doll; Magic stories for the Wonder Box; Phonotropia!; Tokyo to Doha, 3D Print Exchange; Praesentia: Drawing and Code; Arabic Script Light Calligraphy; Now That’s A Zine!; The Moneychanger; Floating Architecture; Mechanisms of Delightful Interaction; Touch the Sound; Upcycling Punch-Card Knitting Machines; Face-Painted People; The House That Knew Too Much; So, What Are You Going To Shoot?; Bamboo Bike Building; Atypical Type; Heya ... Origami!; They Promised Us Jetpacks; Hole in One: Exquisite Corpse Mini-Golf; DIY Battle of the Bands; marionetteKINECT and Portrait Machine. Participation in the three-day workshops is limited to faculty, students, and select guests.
The studio part of the day came to a close with the opening address by Pors & Rao, a Bangalore-based Indo-Danish art duo, making sculptures and installations that often involve mechanical movement and responsive behaviors.

This was followed by a conversation with special guests, legendary fashion designer and master couturier Valentino Garavani and Honorary President of the Valentino Fashion House, Giancarlo Giammetti.

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