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#OperationKoshary

From: Kairo Koshary
We’re excited to announce #operationkoshary, a collaboration that brings together Koshary, culture and social entrepreneurship! 
Kairo Koshary, tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg and Mafish Studio have joined forces to bring you exclusive cultural content you can take home while supporting independent organisations in the Middle East and the EU. 
#operationkoshary begins on May 26th at the Kulturbrauerei with Kairo Koshary. We will be offering a limited series of 100 posters of Taheyya Kariokka, based on “In Taheyya we Trust/ ثقتنا في تحية”, a door painting on Wiener Str, by Caram Kapp of Mafish Studio. The posters also be available at tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg as of the beginning of June in the framework of a pop-up exhibition at the Performing Arts Festival, further Kairo Koshary events, and online.  Our first goal is to raise cash contributions for CILAS, an independent education institution in Cairo. You can find out more about them here: http://www.ci-las.org
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Two Minutes: Gormless

For some reason, I've fallen in love with this word again recently. Learning that it basically means that a person thus addressed is basically a head(-less), Viking chicken does not lessen my love for it in any way, shape or form. It covers all the areas that mundane idiocy does not.

I can see it becoming the word of the year 2018, if we survive.

https://www.etymonline.com/word/gormless


#memu: 5.1 / “Is he using the revolution to sell his art, or using his art to sell the revolution?” The Artist as a Unit of Culture

The following is what feels like a timely excerpt from Memetic Murals, 2016. 

The internet phenomenon1 of spreading street art directs attention not only to the topic, or cause, but also towards the person responsible for expressing it. International attention recreates the creative actor in the form of a constructed symbolic gure, required to represent amajority they sometimes do not even agree with, or belong to. Many of the chosen representatives are masters in their respective arts and in expressing their personal observations on larger societal developments. No matter if their perspective conforms with the current opinions or not, artists are considered open minded observers, eloquent representatives of their societies. What is often underestimated is that artists mostly represent a cultured, liberal elite in their country, no matter how much they identify with the causes within.


This reterritorialization of the Israeli Separation Barrier as an internationalized space, one that is …

Two Minutes: Palestine

Remember this word. It is the name of a country. Today is the 70th anniversary of the day they call the Nakba. They do not celebrate this day, but their neighbours do, hiding behind a tall fence made of concrete. See also: https://caramk.blogspot.de/2015/12/memus-israeli-separation-barrier.html

COG II: Whose story is this anyway (2)

Caram on Games (COG) is an occasional ramble in which I discuss computer gaming, gaming culture and how I perceive them, in an attempt to talk about a medium that I've always been passionate about, or at least enjoyed. Every part is an exploration of thoughts, meaning that it comes together as it is written- so while they may meander for a while, a point will eventually be reached. Maybe. After a lot of words, and sometimes numbers. You have been warned- there will be a lot of waffle and fewer pictures than befits a visual medium. Now you've been warned twice. Enjoy!

There is a problem with writing about video games. Every time I do, I can't help but feel that this segment should be called "letters from the Matrix", that I might as well be discussing the systems and gameplay that underpin what we still agree to be our "real" lives. Is there a point to discussing the flat economy of traveling through Tamriel, when there are trade wars and very real econo…

Two Minutes: A Dimension of Silence

There is no thing as "silence", except maybe in a vacuum. 
While it has many meanings, it is often interpreted as consent- after all, if you do not raise your voice, you are in agreement, are you not?
Sometimes, silence is the fallout of too much noise in your life.

When you lose trust in the words you speak, and feel they no longer convey the meaning they once did. At first, a self-imposed necessity, then a meditative retreat into self, it is the pain of not being able to say what you want to say, and when you do say, what you hear is not what you wanted to say.

It is observing, absorbing, maybe even reflecting- a personal silence is a state of listening, carefully, to the words and sounds others make, and wondering what your response would be. It is missing friends, and laughter, and times when it was easy not to be silent. It is wanting to be able to speak again, or risk never being heard.

It is realising that you no longer can be silent.

It is knowing when not to be, ha…