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Engy Mohsen

Ramsis, 37, Cairo, Egypt
Engy Mohsen (b. 1995, Egypt) is an architect and visual artist based in Cairo. While spatial design remains at the core of her practice, she also works with discursive acts, conversation as a medium, photography, painting and performance. She is exploring notions of ‘participation’ and ‘collectivity’ through designing and hosting formats that invite non-artists and artists to produce knowledge about how spaces can be organized to include the other.

Chatrooms


A Guidebook to Discursive Spaces

Chatrooms


A Guidebook to Discursive Spaces
Chatrooms examines spatial settings to rethink existing models of meeting, mimic reality or highlight its absurdity
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Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

Chatrooms is a guidebook to discursive spaces, or rather simply “How Can a Group of People Set Up a Place for a Collective Discussion”. It looks into typological case studies and how they create a familiarity with situations where a conversation can naturally occur. It draws from the mundane settings with the elements at one’s disposal. These mini cookbooks comprise each of the ingredients and recipes needed to prepare the different settings of each room which allows for their reproduction. Ingredients may contain; seating arrangements, types of tables, food and other extras, backdrops and various scenographic elements.

Hence, there is an interest in knowledge creation as an emergent strategy for shaping change. Nature is also made up of fractal bits where human relations inform larger societal structures. Furthermore, it can be a reference that offers weaved reflections on the current use of space and standardized models of gathering in existing art and cultural spaces.


Chatrooms: A Guidebook to Discursive Spaces (2019) - The Dinning Room

Dimensions: 15 cm x 21 cm /Text and Drawings on White & Tracing Paper /Language: English and Arabic

Exhibited in Roznama 7, Townhouse Gallery, curated by Mohamed Allam and Mariam El Nozahy, Cairo, 2019.

Part of “No ISBN” by Bernhard Cella, in the exhibition “How to Reappear: Through the Quivering Leaves of Independent Publishing”, by Kayfa Ta, Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon, 2019.

Part of “No ISBN” by Bernhard Cella, in the exhibition “How to Maneuver: Shape-Shifting Texts and Other Publishing Tactics”, by Kayfa Ta, Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2019.

Chatrooms


A Guidebook to Discursive Spaces

Chatrooms


A Guidebook to Discursive Spaces
Chatrooms examines spatial settings to rethink existing models of meeting, mimic reality or highlight its absurdity
File under
Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

Chatrooms is a guidebook to discursive spaces, or rather simply “How Can a Group of People Set Up a Place for a Collective Discussion”. It looks into typological case studies and how they create a familiarity with situations where a conversation can naturally occur. It draws from the mundane settings with the elements at one’s disposal. These mini cookbooks comprise each of the ingredients and recipes needed to prepare the different settings of each room which allows for their reproduction. Ingredients may contain; seating arrangements, types of tables, food and other extras, backdrops and various scenographic elements.

Hence, there is an interest in knowledge creation as an emergent strategy for shaping change. Nature is also made up of fractal bits where human relations inform larger societal structures. Furthermore, it can be a reference that offers weaved reflections on the current use of space and standardized models of gathering in existing art and cultural spaces.


Chatrooms: A Guidebook to Discursive Spaces (2019) - The Dinning Room

Dimensions: 15 cm x 21 cm /Text and Drawings on White & Tracing Paper /Language: English and Arabic

Exhibited in Roznama 7, Townhouse Gallery, curated by Mohamed Allam and Mariam El Nozahy, Cairo, 2019.

Part of “No ISBN” by Bernhard Cella, in the exhibition “How to Reappear: Through the Quivering Leaves of Independent Publishing”, by Kayfa Ta, Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon, 2019.

Part of “No ISBN” by Bernhard Cella, in the exhibition “How to Maneuver: Shape-Shifting Texts and Other Publishing Tactics”, by Kayfa Ta, Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2019.


Idea by

Engy Mohsen
Ramsis, 37
Cairo
Egypt
Engy Mohsen (b. 1995, Egypt) is an architect and visual artist based in Cairo. While spatial design remains at the core of her practice, she also works with discursive acts, conversation as a medium, photography, painting and performance. She is exploring notions of ‘participation’ and ‘collectivity’ through designing and hosting formats that invite non-artists and artists to produce knowledge about how spaces can be organized to include the other.