Digital Residency

Digital Residency ©Goethe-Institut


The Digital Residency program aims at providing contemporary emerging artists from different disciplines with the opportunity to receive support for their exploration and experimentation with digital technology in their art either in the creation process, presentation/exhibition, or more than one element combined. We live in a time where digital technology is not only important to maintain communication within the globalized cultural field, but also to a large extent, stay relevant for an emerging digital generation that has identified and become more familiar with, not only digital content, but also the new forms of aesthetics of the digital age.


Mostafa Elbaroody ©Goethe-Institut

Mostafa Elbaroody

Mostafa Elbaroody is a Cairo based architect and visual artist. As an architect, he took part in several projects and competitions along with teaching at the American University in Cairo in digital architecture and computational design related courses. Mostafa's artistic practice operates in the spaces between architecture, fiction and technology.
Exploring speculative approaches to worldbuilding both as design and as storytelling, using a wide range of software genres from visual programming interfaces (generative design) to animation and game engines.

Aida El-Oweidy ©Goethe Institut

Aida El-Oweidy

Aida El-Oweidy is an illustrator, animator and storyteller currently based in Cairo. Curiosity, play, and collaboration form the core of her practice. Her work focuses on the themes of memory, domesticity and loneliness, often interrogating these themes from a postcolonial and feminist lens and always experimenting with new processes and mediums. Her current projects aim to use storytelling and collective voice to power change. Her work has been displayed in galleries in Bexhill, Brighton, and Beijing.

Ahmed Mongey © Goethe-Institut

Ahmed Mongey

Ahmed Mongey (b.1990 in Cairo,Egypt) is a cultural worker, artist, researcher and educator. Ahmed coordinated "Temporary Gathering" (2019) an educational program on independent and alternative publishing practices at Contemporary Image Collective. As an active member of the Cairo Institute of Liberal arts and sciences, he has been exploring the concept through 2 seminars "To Stand with the Dreamers" (2017) and "Between Utopias and Dystopias: Towards an Anthropology of Imagination" (2019). Recently Ahmed has been awarded the AFAC creative and critical writings grant (2020).

Doaa Darwish © Goethe Institut

Doaa Darwish

Doaa Darwish is an independent New Media artist based in Cairo. Darwish holds a B.Sc in Architecture from AAST(Cairo, 2014) and an M.A. in Digital Media from HSRW(Kamp-Lintfort, 2019). She worked as a Graduate Scientific Assistant in MediaLab at HSRW(2016-2019), in which she focused her artistic research on exploring the use of new media technology in supporting corporeal expressions and nonverbal communication, particularly in live performance art and theatre narrative. Darwish's work was part of several artistic events and performances in Germany, Russia, and Portugal.

Amahl Khouri © Goethe Institut

Rapphael Amahl Khouri

Rapphael Amahl Khouri is an independent German Jordanian artist living between Cairo and Berlin. Khouri is the author of several plays including ICH BRAUCHE MEINE RÜHE (Politik im Freien Theater Festival, Munich 2018). Their play Oh, How We Loved Our Tuna! was read internationally as part of the Climate Change Theater Action. Khouri took part in the Lark hotINK international play reading series, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is the recipient of a Rosenthal Emerging Voice Fellowship.

Nurah Farahat © Goethe-Institut

Nurah Farahat

Nurah Farahat is a 3D/real-time media artist and programmer, working mainly with Unreal Engine. Her collaborations range from VJing in events between Egypt and Germany to creating visuals for artist M.I.A.
She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Digital Media Design at the University of Arts in Bremen, Germany and has worked in VR development at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence-Bremen.

Nayera Shalaby Goethe Institut

Nayera Shalaby

Nayera is an under construction trans-disciplinary artist and writer with a degree in Literary and Cultural Analysis. She is currently experimenting with concept based multimedia making. With a mechanical approach of sporadic photo glitching and manipulation, she mixes digital and analogue methods to visually explore the fragile nature of everyday meanings and objects in our -sometimes collective- everyday experiences.

Amani Mousa © Goethe Institut

Amani Mousa

Born in Cairo in 1991, Amani Mousa is holding a BFA from Helwan University in the Graphic Department and a game art diploma from ITI.
Her work is influenced by Cairo's architecture and the stories behind it's buildings. The seemingly chaotic black and white tower blocks their outer walls peeled away, revealing an urban dollhouse vision of the constant flux,noise and frenetic energy of Cairo.
Amani narrates through her work the story of one of the oldest, most cultured and overpopulated cities.

Omar Adel © Goethe-Institut

Omar Adel

Omar Adel is a multidisciplinary artist working across video, sound, photography, design, coding, writing, and performative instances.
His expansive artistic practices investigate what he calls: The triangular feed-backing relationship between human cognition, constructed environments, and technology; while focusing on addressing themes concerning time, memory, reality, human error, AI, and language use.

Samar Baiomy © Goethe Institut

Samar Baiomy

Samar Baiomy, a visual artist, conceptual photographer and painter, born in 1990, lives and works in Alexandria. She studied painting in the faculty of fine arts in Alexandria 2012, she learned photography and video art when she enrolled in a grant for 2 years in École supérieure d'art Aix-en- provence, France. Samar is mainly interested in documenting people's lives, especially memories of homes, whether inhabited or not, and representation of the self. She works also with photography in an expanded sense in which her photos operate on the ruined memories, in hope of reviving those memories by saving them, whether through photos, videos, or mixed media. Her works have been exhibited and won many prizes in many countries ( the UK, USA, France, Saudi Arabia...)

Thomas Georg Blank © Goethe Institut

Thomas Georg Blank

Thomas Georg Blank, born 1990 in Germany, was first trained in cultural and media education focusing on photography before studying art in Karlsruhe and Mexico City. Moving between research and speculative interpretations, Blank explores how spatial and habitual representations of individual and collective imagination affect the world we’re living in and vice versa. By creating multidirectional narratives he offers spectators a space for reconfiguration and change of perspective. His work has been presented internationally in various contexts and he has been a scholar of DAAD at UC San Diego’s Center for Human Imagination.

​Yara Mekawei © Goethe Institut

​Yara Mekawei

Yara Mekawei is a Cairo-based electronic music composer, sound, and visual artist. A prolific artist and scholar, Her sonic bricolages draw inspiration from the flow of urban centers and the infrastructure of cities. She interested in the philosophy of architecture, history, and literature, using the optical transfer from the musical conversation and transferring the sound waves to visual forms. Mekawei’s work is based on sound as a tool of vision, the philosophy of composition is shaped by sophisticated practices that convey messages of conceptual dimension to the public. She uses research literature specializing in the social ideologies in her concepts and following the projects through a research point of uniting her work.