MASS Alexandria launched its Pilot Studio Program in October 2010. The four-month program was extended for an additional three months, in response to the Jan25 Revolution in Egypt.
The program culminated in a 3-day exhibition in May 2011. The Pilot Studio Program included 12 students selected through an application and interview process in September 2010.
During the Pilot Studio Program, MASS Alexandria hosted lectures, talks, conversations, workshops, seminars, studio visits, critique sessions and discussions with a roster of local and international artists, curators and educators including: Adriano Pedrosa, Curator of 12th Istanbul Biennial; Alex Freedman, Curator, NYC; Amal Khalaf, Curator, Serpentine Gallery, London; Angela Harutunyan, Curator, Art Historian, American University Cairo (AUC); Alexandra Stock, Assistant Director, Townhouse, Cairo; Bruce Ferguson, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, AUC; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director, documenta 13, Kassel; Devon Youngblood, Graduate Student, Harvard, Research Fellow, Townhouse, Cairo; Janna Graham, Curator, Serpentine Gallery, London; Judith Wielander, Curator of 2nd Bordeaux Biennale; Klaus vom Bruch, Artist, Professor at Academy of Fine Arts Munich; Lindsay Lawson, Video Artist, Berlin; Luigi Coppola, Artist, Curator of 2nd Bordeaux Biennale; Mai Eldib, Client Developer, Sotheby’s, NYC; Mai Elwakil, Cultural Editor, Al Masry Al Youm (English Online); Malak Helmy, Artist, Writer, Cairo and San Francisco; N’Goné Fall, Independent Curator, Art Critic, Paris/Dakar; Ryan Inouye, Assistant Curator, New Museum, NYC; Sarah Rifky, Curator, Adjunct Professor, AUC; Soren Thilo-Funder, Artist, Copenhagen; Susanne Pfeffer, Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Wael Shawky, Artist, Founding Director of MASS Alexandria and William Wells, Founding Director of Townhouse, Cairo.
MASS Alexandria offers short programs to supplement existing art education. It focuses on nurturing conceptual and critical thinking towards artistic production. MASS Alexandria is the manifestation of Alexandria-based artist Wael Shawky‘s aspiration to create a space for art practice, learning, opportunities and new encounters, fostering new generations of artists, in the East Alexandrian neighborhood of Miami.
A combination of workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials are led by artists, art educators, historians and curators. With an emphasis on contemporary art practice, through the programs we encourage students to work closely with cultural, artistic and scientific ideas, thinking about art laterally and across disciplines.
Twelve new candidates are admitted into each program (7 months), with the possibility of extension. Interested applicants should wait for the upcoming open call in September 2011.
MASS Alexandria ran its Pilot Studio Program from October 2010 until May 2011. The upcoming Program 1, will include four practice-based workshops with artists, two theoretical seminars with visiting curators/art historians, in addition to one-on-one tutorials with artists and curators and a collaborative research project. LEAP will be developed over the course of Program 1, a reading/writing workshop for Learning English for Artistic Practices. Program 1 will include one study trip (4-6 weeks) and an internship. Participants will be required to show work in context of an end of program exhibition as well as to present the outcome of their research.