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The main links at the moment are:
+ Constitution Notes

Whats keeping us busy
+ Karafilm 2008
            \ introducing Mauj's New Media Art Panel (email)
+ Places and people we like

Lets start dumping stuff here and sort in process as an ongoing thing


(Chauthai Mauj)

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Some other Maujein


with Mt Fuji & boats - click to enlarge

+ Iqbal's is the other: Mauj hai darya mein

+ who are these people :D

can we involve them
in Karafilm
now in technicolor
< with kothari parade !

a few net artworks on Rhizome.org pick-outs

a few net artworks on Rhizome.org pick-outs:


ellie's challenges:

a cuppa:


Mauj meeting on sunday 24 Aug

we met at the Sindhi Muslim location, we all agreed that the room we have for our space is a bit small but hope after some rearranging it will be enough to serve as a resource space and the occaisional meeting for the moment

it was a very good meeting we came up with really relevant topics related to a media art panel with a cinematic theme.The speakers we each suggested for the event were very exciting too, now comes the logistical part of trying to arrange it all if it happens!

we also are working on a media workshop where we incorporate film, music and computers into a schools academic curriculum under the topic of creative expression for 12 to 15 yr. olds.
Nameera who is already teaching Audiovisual Studies at the Karachi U. would do the film aspect
Leena Ahmed who is a degree holder in Eastern Classical Music would do the music part
I would do the computer based part

Interesting Sonic Projects

Interesting sound-related projects from the ISEA conference material that Atteqa had distributed:



Fair Trade


Sustainability for Mauj

Some ideas for self-sustainability for MAUJ:

Various kinds of Classes/courses:
1) Filmmaking classes for kids and/or adults which Atteqa had suggested earlier

2) Vocational classes (carpentry, electronics, plumbing etc.)
These could be jigsaw-puzzled later with the arts (?)

any comments?

working text


based on the

wiki def for collective:

A collective is a group of people who share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. Collectives are also characterised by attempts to share and exercise political and social power and to make decisions on a consensus-driven and egalitarian basis. Collectives differ from cooperatives in that they are not necessarily focused upon an economic benefit or saving (but can be that as well).

Collective for open culture, art and technology for empowering people
using art and technology to empower people

from wiki:
Technology is a broad concept that deals with a species' usage and knowledge of tools and crafts, and how it affects a species' ability to control and adapt to its environment. In human society, it is a consequence of science and engineering, although several technological advances predate the two concepts.

based on collaborations structure open ended fluid

aims, objectives and long term goals

cultural and resource movement

membership and organisation

open organisation, anyone can join, who agrees with aims and objectives can join as a general member or atom, electron, mauj will comprise of a nucleas and a general membership

who can't join?

member until we find alternative word, component

technology and culture

connected to other urban centres, global commons, interaction of people, classify technologies according to various areas biological, physics, technology

dialogic cultures
oral and visual ways of communicating

philosophy of technology




Mauj at t2f

Mauj met yesterday at t2f first to hammer out some points for our constitution, getting started on writing it and also discussed some other ideas on funding proposals, philosophy of technology, dialogics, space etc.

then we stayed on for the IUCN session in honour of Saneeya Hussein, Ameneh and Zuleikha, 3 environmental journalists who were being honoured for their contribution to environmental journalism in Pakistan. One of the things that struck me was that the other journalists present from the News etc. said that these 3 women who died really early due to various tragedies had a certain passion about their causes that they don't see in journalists any more.......I wonder why?

Media Artists and Institutions from India

At Isea 2008 I was very fortunate to have a chat with

Ampat from the Shristi School of Art, Design and Technology http://www.srishti.ac.in/
many of their students are from abroad, we discussed the idea of collaborating in a seminar or some other project, I was struck by their advanced level of understanding of the concept of media art, we don't have that kind of institutional coherence at least in Karachi

Prayas Abhinav from Khoj http://prayas.in/
I was fascinated by one of his projects called the edible jacket on which he had literally grown food on a jacket bringing to life the concept of mobile food. Reminded me of Dec 27 riots when everything was shut down for 3 days. the jacket would have been very useful because according to Prayas you put the seeds in the night and by morning you have food to eat from the jacket!

Awadhendra from Sarai Media Lab http://www.sarai.net/
Awadhendra gave me many tips regarding the working of Sarai and how we could apply them to Mauj, one of the main ones being "remember that there are many publics you are dealing with not one".
Everyone is talking about their cybermohalla project, I think its worth discussion from our side as well, could something like this take place in Karachi or not?

Meeting on 5th August 2008

We finally met after co-ordinating everyones schedules.
Updates on people and events from ISEA were interspersed with our previous discussions on Mauj and its plans, constitution, projects etc.
i had laid out on the table all the material that was collected from ISEA, a tangible representation of the event, very colourful!

Other action plan is now:

Amar starts the wiki on the Mauj constitution (so that we can explain to people who we are what we are doing as we are doing that a lot these days!) we all join it

The constitution becomes a base for our fund raising proposal

Amar starts writing about the mural project again on the wiki

I find out if we can join Kara with a media art panel

Yasir told us about the Digital Activists and what they are doing and about his travel plans

We discussed other issues which need to be on our blog like the panic theory and the crane effect introduced by Yasir and built upon by Amar

can we do anything about cyber porn that is originating from our region, how can we help those who are being exploited?

what do we do about space, buy, rent, borrow, we are building up a resource archive, where can we make it accessible to others?

The dictionary of war

Interesting idea

Quote from their ideas page: http://www.dictionaryofwar.org/en-dict/idea

"The aim of DICTIONARY OF WAR is to make the creation or revaluation of concepts transparent into more or less open processes in which we can and need to intervene"

“At least, when we create concepts, we are doing something.” The idea of DICTIONARY OF WAR, then, begins by referring to the theory of creating concepts proposed by Deleuze and Guattari: Concepts must be invented, created, produced; concepts refer to problems without which they would be meaningless. It is not about definitions, anecdotes, original opinions or entertainment, but rather about developing the tools with which to attain new ideas."

I like to think that I am also a conceptual artist thus my interest in the above lines....
Would anyone like to contribute to this dictionary?

Isea 2008

Just returned from an exhilarating experience in Singapore. First i attended a summit on Media Art Policy and Practice organised by IFACCA and the Asea Europe foundation. Interacted intensively with media artists and curators from India, Hungary, Japan, Scotland, Netherlands, and many more. Its funny how even though we attach the country next to our name, most people now have mixed identities.
More details will follow in later posts

there was talk about Singapore being a dictatorship and questions regarding how appropriate it wast to hold a conference like this. But I enjoyed the fact that I could walk home alone at 12am and not worry at all or just hop on the public transport and not have my personal safety as the no. 1 issue on my mind all the time. And my question is would Europeans ever attend a conference in a country that is attempting to liberate itself and thus the center of controversy and chaos? There does need to be a structure in place when you organise a gathering of people and that was just overwhelming in Singapore.

My main reason for wanting to participate in Isea 2008 was because of Gunalan Nadarajan being part of the organizing committee. there was a mix of individuals I think it had to do with the fact also that Singapore is easy access for many regions. this time we had to do a 5 hr. flight and those from Europe were the ones doing the 18 hour + marathons. I enjoyed the sessions, was attracted to the artists presentations which I find better than the media art displayed at the museums actually! met and connected with very interesting people, it reminded me of college days back in Minnesota but the people here were professionals.