The Kodak Passageway is home to the MoCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, an art project conceived by Romanian artist Manuel Pelmuş, with a series of ongoing performative actions, and a complementary programme of readings and lectures. Based on research, involving six performers from Cairo, as well as artists, art historians and curators, the MoCA seeks to look into museum displays, protocols and the social and political function they perform. The idea is to enact a potential museum of contemporary art through movements, bodies, speeches and voices. Using manifestos, gestures and incidents from the 1940s until today, the MoCA focuses on the ways we are used to see modern and contemporary art in Egypt. The Kodak Building and its annexed courtyard also function as a meeting place for audiences, as well as the platform for a series of late night lectures, discussions, lm screenings, and artists’ talks.
Manuel Pelmuş is a Romanian artist with a background in choreography who mainly works in the eld of visual arts. After the success of Immaterial Collection of the Venice Biennale at the Venice Biennale 2013 (together with Maria Alexandra Pirici), he realised the commission Public Collection of Modern Art at the Van Abbemuseum in Antwerp 2014, and the ongoing performative action National Museum at the Kyiv Biennale 2015. His immaterial works have been featured at the most renowned art institutions, such as Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou. Recent presentations also include Documenta 13, Kassel; MoMA, Warsaw; ParaSite, Hong Kong; Casino Luxembourg; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; De Singel, Antwerp; Museum M, Leuven; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; The National Museum of Art, Bucharest; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Judson Church, New York; Kunstverein Stuttgart and Bass Museum of Art, Miami. Pelmuş was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for Performing Arts in 2012 and the Excellence Award of the National Dance Centre in Bucharest in 2014. Pelmuş currently lives in Sandefjord, Norway, and Berlin, Germany.
Lecture by Reem Fadda, followed by a discussion, moderated by Berit Schuck Arabic and English with simultaneous English translation
Artist Talk by Manuel Pelmuş
Book launch event with Hassan Khan, Beth Stryker, Kaya Behkalam, Nile Sunset Annex and other guests
Dinner and Talk with Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler.
The number of participants is limited due to the form of this event.
English with Arabic translation
Artist talk by Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler
Lecture by Clare Davies, with a response by Mohamed Elshahed English with Arabic translation
A screening of one of the films in the cosmism trilogy by Anton Vidokle Followed by a discussion, moderated by Maxa Zoller
English with simultaneous Arabic translation