Cultural Initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East
As an initiative of the University of Applied Arts (the Angewandte) in Vienna and Kamel Lazaar Foundation in Tunis, the Octopus Programme is a guided educational programme that encourages artistic research and production-based collaborations across academies and art institutions as well as students and professionals. By using various modes of presentation, the research and documentation processes will extend across different geographical regions. The programme starts with a 3-credit course “Spectral Encounters”, led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Basak Senova, offered in the summer semester of 2019/2020 by Art and Communication Practices at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
The first call for applications for the Octopus program attracted many well-articulated and competitive applications.
This year the selection committee was composed of :
- Barbara Putz-Plecko, Vice-Rector for Research and Diversity, University of Applied Arts Vienna;
- Basak Senova, Visiting Professor, University of Applied Arts Vienna;
- Konrad Strutz, Senior Lecturer, University of Applied Arts Vienna;
- Lina Lazaar, Vice-President, Kamel Lazaar Foundation;
- Moez Mrabet, Kamel Lazaar Foundation;
- Rachida Triki, Professor of Philosophy, University of Tunis.
After a careful evaluation and review of the applications, followed by interviews, the selected candidates are Julia Stern (DAE/TEX) and Sophia Widmann (DEX/KKP) from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna; Marwa Manai and Younes Ben Slimane from Tunis.
More detailed information about the Octopus Programme can be found on https://theoctopusprogramme.uni-ak.ac.at