Townhouse Gallery announces an open call for applications for the six-month-intensive- writing- programme Rewriting Criticism, which aims to build on current practices of criticism in Egyptian contemporary culture by bringing together international and local critics with budding writers and thinkers.
The program seeks to broaden the scope of critical conversation in Cairo’s culture circuit.
The programme serves as a platform for participants to reflect on the current architecture of Egypt’s cultural scene, taking advantage of and interacting with the wide array of exhibitions, openings, and performances occurring in 2017 which colour the Egyptian cultural landscape, participants will be given the opportunity to opine and pen their thoughts on these activities using a fine-tuned critical lens.
Access to theoretical texts that comprise the canon of written criticism will be granted, students will be asked to respond to these materials utilising their own language and interpretation.Equipped with the basics of critical writing, students will be encouraged to experiment with form, subvert traditional writing methods and tools, and employ new technologies that rattle current practices of criticism.
Applicants should have a strong interest in writing, contemporary art, criticism, or curation
Applicants must be resident in Egypt
Applicants should have basic verbal and written proficiency in English and Arabic (as some seminars will be taught in English and others in Arabic).
Applicants will be required to attend every single seminar over the six-month period.