Tasmeem is a biennial international conference focusing on unique and contemporary themes within art and design. Each conference explores new ways of thinking, making, seeing and learning. The 2015 edition will focus on the theme of ‘playfulness’ by using an Arabizi word 3ajeeb! (ahh-jhee-b) which is a common expression meaning “strange in a strange way, cool in a cool way, and slightly weird in a slightly weird way.” This year the conference will become a festival and celebrate the strange, surprising, and playful in art and design.
HOW TO REGISTER
We welcome HBKU students and faculty, MENA region university students and faculty, international faculty and students, and artists, designers and anyone who wishes to attend from the general public in Qatar. Information on how to register will be posted soon.
This year Tasmeem 2015 will conduct ‘3ajeeb! Studio’, which will feature 20+ individual projects, led by a mix of multidisciplinary artists, designers, architects, performers and musicians. The outcomes of the projects will be exhibited on the last day of the event. During this Festival Day, all attendees can experience and interact with the final work, and learn about the creative process behind each studio. Information on how to register for a studio will be posted soon.
Tasmeem + OFFF
OFFF is a Barcelona based organization that has orchestrated a digital festival of contemporary artists, designers, filmmakers and performers for over a decade. The Day OFFF will showcase speakers, performances and presentations from fresh, young, fun, contemporary creative thinkers. So sit back, relax and get ready for anything to happen.
The last day of Tasmeem 2015 “3ajeeb!” is an all-day festival. Attendees can wander around, interact with workshop outcomes, view exhibitions, eat regional food, browse local wares, play games, watch performances, and just be 3ajeeb!
TASMEEM IN THE CLASSROOM
In The Classroom is a unique component of this year’s conference. During the fall of 2014, students at VCUQatar and the VCU home campus in Richmond explored the theme of “3ajeeb!” in their courses. Faculty worked with students to create a variety of “cool, strange and slightly weird” projects, the best of which will be featured in an exhibition during the event and on this website.
ARTIST MINI GOLF
Two visiting artists, Tom Loftus and Robin Schwartzman, will collaborate with VCUQatar students and faculty to create a unique mini-golf course for the Festival attendees. The course will be completed in January of 2015 and open to anyone who would like to play.
Do you teach at a university in the MENA region, or anywhere else?
We invite you to create an “3ajeeb!” project with your students in your courses and submit it to Tasmeem Doha to win a trip for you and your select students to attend the week-long conference in Doha Qatar!