As part of its programme for Qatar National Day 2013, Katara Art Center (KAC) hosts The Moving Postcards Project, an interactive video installation developed by Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) Assistant Professor Simone Muscolino.

Funded by a VCUQatar Faculty Research Grant, the installation will be presented in KAC’s Concept Space, an avenue to host exhibitions, talks, and events to explore the ideas behind design. The installation will be on view from 12 December 2013 to 9 January 2014, and will be open to the public.

The Moving Postcards Project is an innovative endeavor that documents changing life in Doha through a developing collection of video fragments. ‘Moving postcards’ are micro-video loops that present a space, a behavior, or an atmosphere, particular to a local environment, in this collection, that of Qatar.

Project Leader and Assistant Professor of Foundation Simone Muscolino has been working on the Moving Postcard Project since joining VCUQatar in 2010. Muscolino has produced his own videos and taught the technique to students in his Time Studio classes. Over a period of five semesters, approximately 150 students, both Qatari and expatriate, have been involved in the project, and the body of work includes around 1,000 Moving Postcards about Doha, Qatar. The project provides glimpses into the landscapes and customs of a country in motion through the eyes of those who know it best. Collaborating with Muscolino are Assistant Professors at VCUQatar Lauren Maas as copywriter, Stella Colaleo and Ben Benjamin Jurgensen as installation designers; international interaction design firm ToDo as technology consultants; VCUQatar students Al Hussein Wanas and Dhika Khaira as assistants; Laura Fox, Digital Campaigns Specialist and Community Development (QMA), and Shamir Allibhai, New Media Producer/Digital Strategist (DFI).

KAC Artist Director and Curator Mayssa Fattouh:

As part of our National Day programming, we wanted to reflect a fresh and contemporary look at Doha…this interactive installation affords us a wide range of views and experiences of Qatar today, with a storytelling style that reflects a genuinely new and youthful creative voice.’

KAC’s National Day programming includes a number of interactive events that explore different perspectives on Qatar today. The Moving Postcards Project, is joined by VCUQatar’s mobile screen-printing station, which will print designs on t-shirts and posters reflecting the themes of the 2030 National Vision. The Concept Space has hosted a diverse array of events, including talks by local and regional designers and architects, exhibitions by international designers, and regular workshops on 3D printing.

KAC’s national day programming includes VCUQatar’s mobile screen printing station, which will print designs on t-shirts reflecting the theme of Qatar’s 2030 National Vision. The designs for the screen prints will be created by Anis Bengiuma of 28 (www.28ers.com), an Arabic-focused design consultancy based in Doha that aims to promote design culture in the region.

The Concept Space has hosted a diverse array of events, including talks by local and regional designers and architects, exhibitions by international designers, and regular workshops on 3D printing.