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Thinking as a Strategy for Innovation.

(The creative process, and the future of visual culture in the Arab world)

> Dr. Aissa H. Deebi

A public talk at the Graphic Design Department at the Scientific College of Design, Muscat, Oman.

            Dr. Deebi will discuss the complexity of the creative process within the context of the Arab visual culture, moreover: the lecture optimistically proposes a futuristic strategy for your creative minds in the Arab world. In addition the lecture will emphasis on the role of public training and education in the shaping of the futuristic strategy.

Date: 24.10.2016 Time: 10:30 AM Location: SCD Theatre.

            About the guest speaker:  Born in 1969, Aissa Deebi is Palestinian artist and a scholar based in Genève and New York. His early work investigates the complexity of daily practices in post 1948 Palestine: Days like this (1997): Makkan (1998); My Dream House (1999); Nothing is New Only Forgotten (2000). Later Deebi’s work tackles the theme of immigration and alienation, which culminates into his PhD research, providing critical analysis of Diaspora as a creative space. In tandem with his scholarly work, Deebi produced a body of works that interrogate the complex phenomena of cultural-migration Diaspora reality as experienced by an adult Palestinian-Immigrant artist in post Sept 11 America: Killing Time (2004); Naked Heroes (2003); Dead Sweet (2004) and more recently Tal El Samak (2011). Most recently, Deebi represented Palestine at the 55th Venice Biennale, he is currently working on multiple projects for the 5th Edition of Çanakkale Biennial in Turkey and Colombo Biennale in Singapore. Dr. Deebi has held several leadership positions teaching art and design at a number of institutions including the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, Centro de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Design, Mexico and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand. In 2010, Deebi joined the American University of Cairo’s Arts Department as a Professor of Art and Design, teaching in the areas of studio arts, design practice, theory and photography. In 2011 he was appointed as the Director of the Visual Cultures Program, which includes the visual arts-film and graphic design majors. In addition, Deebi was the director of Sharjah Art Gallery at AUC. A successful artist, Deebi revamped the entire program, ensuring the development of a strong art curriculum, encompassing contemporary art approaches reflecting the advances made towards art in the 21st century, both in research and in practice. Currently, Deebi is an Associate Professor of Art at Montclair State University, and for the last three years Dr. Deebi was the Chairman of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University.