Death Spells تعاويذ العالم الآخر

Still from Video ‘The Shut’ by Mena El Shazly part of the project ‘Death Spells’

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الموت يشـغل بال كل البشـر، ففكرته تلوح دوماً في الأفق في كل الحضارات التي سـطعت شموسـها واختفت. تتشـارك الثقافة المصريـة القديمـة وكذلـك المجتمـع المعاصـر فـي الخوف من الـزوال والرغبة فـي الخلود
تعاويـذ العالم الآخر يطـرح تساؤلات متوازيـة تتـراوح بيـن الطقـوس القديمـة ومنصـات التواصـل الاجتماعي وعلاقتهمـا بالمـوت، فـي مُحاولـة لسـبر أغـوار المجتمـع وكيـف يـرى العالـم حولـه. فـي هـذا العـرض تسـتخدم صيغـة فنيـة معاصـرة وهـي برامـج التـوك الشـو ممتزجـة مـع فقـرات الطهـي

بالتعاون مع أونجوينج بروجكت

Death Spells 2020

Death concerns every human being. It is an ever-present cloud on the horizon, whatever civilizations rise and fall on earth. The sense of dread we feel at the thought of our own ‘disappearance’ would be very familiar to the people of Ancient Egypt. We long for immortality, just as they did. Death Spells questions the parallel promises made by ancient rituals and social media. It searches for the core of contemporary society’s worldview using a true format of our times- a TV talk show complete with cookery demonstrations.

Your hosts are the Egyptian artist Mena El Shazly and her collaborators, the collective ongoing project. They will be in conversation with a panel of guests who are each in their own way an ‘expert in death’. A live band, will provide the music, with other contributions coming in via video link. The whole spectacle will be broadcast internationally, making this a truly global world premiere. It also promises to be a memorable evening, with a peculiarly taboo subject at its heart and a delicious shared meal at its conclusion. 

In collaboration with the ongoing project.

Artistic director & concept: Mena El Shazly & ongoing project. 
Live Bands: 
Hester (Mannheim), Procession Towards The Unknown (Cairo) 
Guests: 
Salima Ikram, Amr Fekry, Andeel, Anwar, Salma Said, Hany Rashed, Ramadan Hussein, Gabriele Pieke, Thomas Macho, Tina Beck, Asiem El Difraoui, Lukas Bohnenkämper, Mina Ibrahim, Wassim El Sisi, Somaya and others.
Additional TV footage: 
Frank Schmitt 
Moderation: 
ongoing project, Mena El Shazly, Sally Abed 
Recording and Voice Over: 
Adham Zidan 
Partner networks: 
Medrar TV 

A Co-production with the Goethe-Institut (International Coproduction Fund).


Co-producers and partner venues: zeitraumexit e. V. Mannheim, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim, Orient Productions. 

Special thanks to: 
Kroma Projects, Mohamed Allam, Jan-Philipp Possmann, Nadah El Shazly, Triada Kovalenko, Sarah Allam, Marwa Hafez, Sami Khatib, Sammy Sayed, Jasmina Metwaly, Sidy Benamar, Luis A. Ávila C. 
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Nadah El Shazly ft visuals by Allam+Mena

Currents

https://archive.currents.fm/zuli?fbclid=IwAR0JGaKZ4oxdraKW51OUIQ22_R5sozdVyfhFFqx-osRD1tFjHAEBeCBlMuk

Joy in Times of Uncertainty

This online event is led by the Curatorial Practice 2019-2021 participants of KMD that address the central question of how we experience and express anxiety and resistance, but also joy and solidarity, in these uncertain times of perpetual global crisis.

Watch here: https://fb.watch/2AsmWVFY6v/ (starts at 1:00:00)

Sun Outage انقطاع الشمس

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Using footage of water, mostly shot in an industrial wastewater treatment plant in Egypt, Sun Outage (2017) re-enacts the setup of a satellite communication system indoors. It draws on imagery from satellite dishes over the roofs of Cairo and water lilies in the Nile as seen from underwater. In the language of satellite communication systems, a sun outage is an interruption or distortion in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation.

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Stills from the video (25min, loop).

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تعاويذ العالم الآخر هى قناة تلفزيونية عالمية ترفيهية متخصصة في مجال الطهي ونمط العالم الآخر. تبث القناة المجانية التابعة لمنة الشاذلي وأونجوينج بروجكت برامج حوارية ومواد دعائية لها علاقة بوعود الخلود الموازية التي قدمتها الطقوس المصرية القديمة ووسائل التواصل الاجتماعي. شعار القناة هو “وانتصر على الفناء، وأصبح نجماً في السماء، ساطعاً دائم الخلود”

Death Spells is an international food and afterlifestyle TV channel owned by Mena El Shazly & ongoing project. The free-to-air channel broadcasts talk shows and advertisements dealing with parallel promises of immortality made by ancient Egyptian rituals and social media. The channel’s motto is “And you defeated mortality, and became a star in the sky, shining eternally”.

Naming of Parts تسمية الأجزاء

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‘Naming of Parts: Y Control’, plaster, metal, silicone, embroidery, 2019

The series incorporates a multidisciplinary narrative that heavily references connections between real people, animals, vegetables, places and infrastructures, but are all fictionalized to some extent.

 تسمية الأجزاء: تحكم ال-واي، جبس وحديد وسيليكون وتطريز على قماش، مقاسات متعددة، ٢٠١٩

تتضمن السلسلة سردًا متعدد التخصصات يشير إلى روابط بين أناس حقيقيين وحيوانات وخضروات وأماكن وبنى تحتية، وذلك في إطار خيالي إلى حد ما

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