15 August 2007

symposium on arabic visual culture

KHATT KUFI & KAFFIYA | symposium on arabic visual culture
Friday 24 August 2007 from 09.00 to 17.00
new Central Public Library, Amsterdam

The Khatt Foundation and Mediamatic will host a full day of lectures, presentations and celebration of new Arabic cultural expression. We will address the positive perceptions that art, design and typography can generate and the productive collborations that bridge the gap between Eastern and Western cultures. The symposium program will go beyond the stereotypes of what is associated with Arabic culture in the West. The lectures address fashion, film, media, dance, political posters, books, printing, typography, technology, and topics of cross-cultural collaborations.

Speaker will include Goeffrey Roper (Aga Khan University, London), J.R. Osborn (San Diego), Nadine Touma en Pascal Zoghbi (Beirut), Fawzi Rahal (Dubai), Brody Neuenschwander (Brugge en bekend van zijn werk voor de filmer Peter Greenaway), Mula Halasa (London) en Tarek Atrissi (Hilversum). For latest updates and detailed information about the lectures and the Typographic Matchmaking project, please visit the Khatt Foundation Website at http://www.khtt.net/symposium

Your conference package will include the book Typographic Matchmaking, by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès of the Khatt foundation, and bonus CD with the Arabic fonts (which has a retail price of 30 Euro), lunch and a reception. The cost of the symposium is 45 Euro (20 Euro for students with valid ID). Payment at the door. Register directly at http://www.mediamatic.net/khatt_rsvp. After registering your name will appear on the website as a 'registered visitor'.

At 17.00 the EL HEMA exhibition will open at the Mediamatic exhibition space. The El Hema is a temporary shop where the new Arabic typefaces are used in the styling of the exhibition and in the products, such as Arabic chocolate letters, fashion with Arabic text and several other products. The EL HEMA is also a design competition. The El HEMA is open till 4 November on Wednesday to Saturday from 18.00 to 22.00 and on Sundays from 14.00 to 18.00.

Symposium: new Central Public Library, 7th floor, Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam.
El HEMA takes place at Mediamatic, PostCS building, ground floor (side entrance), Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam


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