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Tasmeem Doha 2022

The 2022 conference Radical Futures, from March 7–10, addresses the role of design in shaping the future. Tasmeem Doha 2022: Radical Futures is an inclusive and multi-faceted view of the future, one that not only speculates on technological advancements—but on future threats and changes whether environmental, geographical, cultural, or social. Now more than ever, we must ask pertinent questions, raise critical dialogues, and respond with clarity.

Radical Futures

Why call an art and design conference ‘radical’?

Because we know there are answers and solutions to our concerns; that it’s just a matter of connecting, and choosing to take action.

It’s this conviction that led to the theme for Tasmeem Doha 2022, an international art and design conference organized every two years by VCUarts Qatar, since 2004.

At Radical Futures, we bring you talks, workshops, panel discussions, film screenings and exhibitions, where world renowned designers, practitioners, researchers and thinkers join hands with the public to talk about topics that matter: climate resilience, architecture, geopolitics, urbanism, data science, and entrepreneurship, to name but a few.

What will you be hearing and talking about?

Inclusion, Post colonialism, Indigenous Knowledge, Language, Geology, Energy Systems, Environment, Sustainability, Smart Materials, Circular Economies, Curatorial Activism, Biotechnology, Augmented Realities…… practically every facet of your life.

In case you’re wondering about our history, we do have a reputation for tackling issues head on – previous editions attracted regional and international media, giving our presenters such as Sir David Adjaye Obe, Julia Leeb, Rem Koolhaas, and Marco Williams, and our partners such as the German Embassy in Doha, Goethe-Institut, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Museums, Mathaf, and Doha Film Institute a platform to highlight global issues.

Today, it’s your chance to join the conversation.

Co-Directors

Yasmeen Suleiman is a Doha-based designer and educator. As the Materials Curator at VCUarts Qatar’s Materials Library, she has a curiosity and appreciation for how materials transform ideas into physical existence. Her research explores concepts of temporality and permanence within the preservation of culture, crafts, architecture, and design.

@y_ns

What made the event is the different energies that we brought to it.

Co-chair Yasmeem Suleiman

Hadeer Omar is an Egyptian time-based media artist, designer, and educator, living in Qatar. She holds an MFA in Design and BFA in Graphic Design. Her work explores cultural identity and memories, the self, and narratives artfully through immersive XR media and technologies, graphics, photography, and video art installations. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor at VCUarts in Qatar.

@hadeeromar
www.hadeeromar.com

In love with coffee, shoes, textiles and all things handmade. Wajiha enjoys bringing innovation, appreciation for living material culture and sustainability to practice through her work. She is a sneakerhead, a believer in process, a constant traveler and an ignitor of ideas. You will find her experimenting with materials, collecting unique footwear around the world and discussing ideas over coffee. Wajiha has an MFA in Design from VCUarts Qatar and BFA in the Textile design from UCAD, Pakistan.

@wajihapervez

Noha is a designer with a passion for all things technology. She dips her feet into various design disciplines, exploring the differences-but more importantly, the similarities-of design. Noha strives to leave her mark on the world-for design, through design. When she is not busy designing, you will probably find her fixing the hotbed of her 3D printer for the 100th time. Noha has an MFA in Design from VCUarts Qatar and a BID in Industrial Design from Carleton University, Canada.

@no.hahahaha

We wanted the speakers to enjoy. We wanted them to be involved. We wanted them to learn. We wanted them to just be there and hang around while other people are doing their stuff. You don't have to be involved in this thing you can just enjoy the atmosphere.

Co-chair Wajiha Pervez

In Conversation with the Co-chairs

Interview by Nourbanu Al-Hejazi, MFA' 18

Rana Beiruti and Richard Lombard ©Raviv Cohen, VCUarts Qatar
“We were so invested. The students, the faculty, everyone was just super invested in the preparation of the conference. That’s what made it.” Excerpt of audio interview
“We wanted the speakers to enjoy. We wanted them to be involved. We wanted them to learn. We wanted them to just be there and hang around while other people are doing their stuff. You don't have to be involved in this thing you can just enjoy the atmosphere” - Excerpt of audio interview
Tasmeem Doha 2019
"It felt like a wedding celebration at the end, with everyone gathering around food, music, and Hadeer dancing on the courtyard tables. Unforgettable. " - Excerpt of audio interview
"The entrance was another opportunity to create an experiential moment in the space. Something playful, whimsical, and fun to mark the beginning - to set the tone as you stepped into the event." - Excerpt of audio interview
"We wanted the experience in the atrium to be more informal and intimate - like we were gathering everyone around to sit and listen to a story." - Excerpt of audio interview
“We only got to process it (referring to Tasmeem 2019) after it was over and when we were doing the dissemination of taking it to conferences and talking about it and discussing it amongst ourselves.” - Excerpt of audio interview

Theme

We all have a story to share. Tasmeem Doha 2019 will be a creative event that will focus on ‘Hekayat’ (stories) as its central theme. ‘Hekayat’ will provide a platform where storytelling can be explored through various mediums, and stories can be shared and celebrated in a multitude of forms.

The process of any creative endeavor is the narrative of an idea reaching fruition. ‘Hekayat’ will shift the limelight to the process, rather than the outcome alone.

Video

Tasmeem Doha 2019 covered by Dimitri Yuri

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Futuristic Narratives

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