Biggest Tasmeem Conference since its establishment in 2008 – longer in time, greater in size and bigger in attendance!


Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) announced its biennial international design conference – Tasmeem Doha 2013 – ‘Hybrid Making’ which will be held at VCUQatar, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center from 10 – 17 March 2013.

Acclaimed architect and winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Rem Koolhaas, whose current projects include the new Qatar National Library, will deliver the conference’s keynote address.

The conference’s theme of ‘Hybrid Making’ will explore hybridity within the acts of making, building and sustaining a contemporary society, engaging with art, design and other interventions that have been conceived, designed or fabricated in Qatar. Tasmeem Doha 2013 will include a series of exhibitions, presentations by artists, designers and architects who have realised projects in the country, and a series of workshops and labs for students led by VCU Richmond and Qatar professors and other artists. The five-day production phase involving the workshops and laboratories will take place from 10 – 14 March 2013 at VCUQatar and Mathaf; 15 March is a day of rest or preparation for the final phase. The two-day conference (dissemination) portion of Tasmeem Doha 2013 will take place at the HBKU Student Center in Education City on 16 -17 March.

Partner of Tasmeem Doha 2013, Mathaf will be hosting the 12 designer lead student laboratories. Visitors to Mathaf are welcome to walk through the laboratories during the production phase or view the outcomes throughout the month of March.

At the Tasmeem Hybrid Making Laboratories at Mathaf, for five days (March 10 – 14), groups made up of 20-25 students and faculty, led by invited international designers and artists, will design and create full-scale semi-permanent structures (walk-in sculptures), performances or other catalytic interventions. The outcomes of the labs will remain on view at Mathaf through March 31.

All of these activities are summarised and framed by the two-day symposium at the HBKU Student Center on 16 and 17 March 2013 and will include a series of exhibitions and presentations by leading artists, designers and architects in the country. The exhibitions will run from March 1 to 31, in the various spaces of the HBKU Student Center that surround the conference hall.

As a component of the conference, the Tasmeem Film Festival will feature regional and international films, which reflect and embody the conference themes of ‘Made in Qatar’ or ‘Hybrid-Making’ through the vehicle of the moving image. In addition, the festival will showcase student work produced in the conference workshops. Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) is taking part in the film festival and in Tasmeem Doha 2013 for the first time.

In addition, the Tasmeem Exploration Platform (TEP) will run parallel to the conference’s lecture presentations and film festival. The Exploration Platform is designed to facilitate an organic integration of ideas and examples of hybrid making contributed within the conference and a collaborative generation of questions for future inquiries and concepts for potential experiments or applications. TEP will have a variety of inputs including 16 papers, 12 workshop outcomes, and extensions from the conference’s film festival and lecture presentations.

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(Click on the above images to enlarge the schedule of Tasmeem Doha 2013 on 16 – 17 March 2013)

Register now for Tasmeem Doha 2013: Hybrid Making

Tasmeem Doha 2013: Hybrid Making
10 – 17 March, 2013

Student Labs
10 – 14 March
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16 – 17 March

For more information, visit Tasmeem Doha’s website!