Tasmeem is a biennial international conference focusing on unique and contemporary themes within art and design. The 2015 edition will focus on the theme of ‘playfulness’ as expressed by the Arabizi word 3ajeeb! (ahh-jhee-b) meaning “strange in a strange way, cool in a cool way, and slightly weird in a slightly weird way.”
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.
This year, Tasmeem will conduct ‘3ajeeb! Studio’, which will feature 25 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. Although participation in a studio is limited to faculty and students, we encourage all guests to attend our Shawarma Sessions.
TASMEEM IN THE CLASSROOM
Tasmeem 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 collaborated with VCUQatar students and faculty to create a unique mini-golf course for the Festival attendees. The course is now open inside the VCUQatar building. Join us for a round of mini golf anytime.
During the afternoons on March 9 and 10, join us for a tasty mix of slow roasted creative personalities rolled into a savory wrap of inspiring goodness.
A select group of workshop leaders from the ‘3ajeeb Studios’ will discuss their creative praxis in short-format presentations followed by Q&A sessions.
Tasmeem + OFFF
Barcelona based OFFF orchestrates digital festivals for contemporary artists, designers, filmmakers and performers. OFFF is a community inviting those who are eager to participate and get inspired through a journey of conferences, workshops, activities and performances. OFFF takes place annually in Barcelona while it tours the world as OFFF on Tour for the rest of the year. 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!