Mauj shanaakht kids and action

Mauj at Shanaakht kids playing "Picture This" designed by Shakil and Ata

Mauj at Shanaakht underwatervideos and paints

Entangled at Shanaakht


Mauj Collective

This is a series of videos of several venues in the city. They deal with notions of self-organization, biopower, space, anonymous multitudes, the unconscious concrete, the invisible city and people entangling with physical and bureaucratic regulation. There is the subtleness of regulation, the thriving of life, its compartmentalization, the sense of Being (at home and living Here) with the quest to Become. They are snaps of unplanned planning, between the planned and chaotic – forms of lived urban phenomena in Karachi. The camera zooms from above. The image is of forever being tangled in a lover's curls ( Zulf زلف : Persian ).

اگر نسیم صبا زلف او برافشاند 
ہزار جان مقیّد ز بند برہاند
امیر خسرو ~
if the morning breeze, a lock of yours, unloosens 
a thousand lives prisoned, from their cares, are freed 
~ Ameer Khusro

Concept & Videos:
Yasir Husain

Artwork & Programming:
Shakil Awan & Ata Kirmani

Shanaakht Festival 9.10.11 November

Mauj is at Station No.7 at Shanaakht.

Evening Schedule

Day Schedule / Permanent Exhibits

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan

Imperial Gardens (Do Talwar, Clifton)

November 9, 10 &11, 2009

Open to Schools between 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Free and Open to the Public between 3 P.M. – 9 P.M.

Balochi dance at Danceoff Fri 30th Oct

Balochi dancers from Lyari at the Danceoff in Karachi dancing to the song "thewa"

Tabla improv by Leena at Danceoff

Dance off Karachi 30th October, Leena Ahmed improvising on tabla as music from a Columbian track plays in the background, echo is in the song not a faulty sound effect!

Dance off final session UK, Columbia, Brazil, Pakistan

Join us live on

30th October Friday

to see a collaborative dance event between 4 countries
9pm onwards Karachi time

Participating from:


Arc Space Manchester




This event has been made possible by the Arts Council of Uk

Mauj, Karachi will be streaming from

thanks to, Ivan Chauband, Jean Noel and Alejo

Kathrin Becker curator from Berlin

Mauj met Kathrin Becker for lunch on 15th October.

, is a Berlin based curator and work currently as the head of the n.b.k. Video-Forum. The Video-Forum was establisehd in 1971 and is the eldest video collection in Germany . It has ca. 1000 works of international video artists from the early years of video art in the late 1960s to the present
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It was a wonderful meeting, she has a great sense of humour and we enjoyed talking to her about our work, her experience with archiving the nbk video collection and other fun things

Pictures ~ 5th Tashkent Biennale 2009

watching "Entangled"

room with Pakistani artists
curated by Niilofar Farrukh

journalists conference for Artweek

Navoyie Theatre and Opera House
with poster for Sting concert

watching "Entangled"

Art Week 2009 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Art Week 2009 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Greetings from Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Greetings from Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Practicing farsi with tajiks, iranis and azeris artists. they are very kind :)
its beautifully laid out city. Older grander Islamabad. also met
korean, german artists.
The Tashkent Biennale opening is tomorrow and the week's programme has
a trip to Samarkand.
The opening has official status with the President Karimov and his
daughter taking interest.
Its part of a series of international cultural events they are having.

2 upcoming events: Tashkent & Shanaakht

__Tashkent Biennale: Urbanism__


اگر نسیم صبا  زلف او برافشاند
ہزار  جان  مقیّد  ز  بند  برہاند

امیر خسرو  ~

if  the morning  breeze,  a lock  of  yours,  unloosens
 a thousand lives prisoned, from their cares, are freed
~  ameer khusro

Mauj installation
13-23 October,
Academy of Arts

__Shanaakht Festival__
Mauj partners with Shanaakht
9-11 November
___all that fuss about New Media   !

Charm of Transitoriness ~ short films at Goethe ~ 30 Sep

Karachi, a city with 18,000,000 inhabitants is facing the same problem that Berlin faced in 1989: a boom in construction work and no preservation for the historical infrastructures. Berlin controlled the problem properly keeping in mind the value of these antiques in the next generation.

The old buildings of Karachi should also be preserved in the same manner. To create awareness amongst the Pakistani public, Goethe-Institut Pakistan is presenting 10 video clips that captures the historical places of Karachi and the interior Sindh.             

~ from the Goethe-Institut events

Goethe-Institut, Karachi presents short films by Amar Mahboob and Nameera Ahmed of Mauj Collective on historic and cultural preservation in Karachi and its surroundings.

The films, made for the Goethe-Institut, will be screened on September 30, 2009 at 7 pm.
at Goethe-Institut, 2 Brunton Road, Civil Lines (lane next to CM House/Sheraton Hotel). Tel. +92 21 5661633-6.
The invitation card is attached. Hope to see you all there!

Hanging Fire ***** Contemporary Art from Pakistan

"Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan," at Asia Society (Sept. 2009-Jan. 2010) is billed as the first major U.S. museum survey of contemporary art from Pakistan.

Producer: Robert Knafo

"WE'RE SCREWED" _ NY Post on Climate Change

Early this morning, nearly a million New Yorkers were stunned by the appearance of a "special edition" New York Post blaring headlines that their city could face deadly heat waves, extreme flooding, and other lethal effects of global warming within the next few decades. The most alarming thing about it: the news came from an official City report. "WE'RE SCREWED".

Contact: The Yes Men , 347-254-7054, 646-220-4137 
Fake New York Post:
Video News Release:
New York City's official report on climate change:
Wake-up call:

Danceoff - Pakistan Brazil UK Columbia - Test 19 Sept 09

Practice session for live streaming event, with many thanks to Ivan Chabanaud who runs Acknowledgement also goes to Alejo Duque and Jean-Noël Montagné on Bricolabs network. Let us know what you think. Mauj.

Its Chambre 31 -Mauj Collective at in case you get lost, or go here, and interact by entering user ID in bar at bottom

waste matters - lyari

waste matters
make me speechless
karachi pakistan !!

Bereft in the Fatherland - Ahmed Omar at Koel

Opening    . Tue 18 August 2009   . 5-8pm     . till 22 August

Our newest Mauj member Ahmed Omar has a show at Koel.

 ____________________ Please join us !

Suzanne's Karachi

Some street images from my stay in Karachi Pakistan in November 2008 and April 2009.
Suzanne's Karachi  [flickr]

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