Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar Assistant Professor Simone Muscolino launches “The Moving Postcards Project.”
Funded by a VCUQatar Faculty Research Grant, the installation will be will be presented for the first time by the Qatar Museums Authority and the Orientalist Museum at the “Art of Travel” exhibition in the Alriwaq Doha Exhibition Space, located next to the Museum of Islamic Art. The installation will be on view from 15 to 30 November, during the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) 2012. The event is open to the public.
“The Moving Postcards Project” is an innovative endeavor that documents changing life in Doha through a developing collection of video fragments. “Moving postcards” are micro-video loops that present a space, a behavior, or an atmosphere, particular to a local environment, in this collection, that of Qatar.
Project Leader and Assistant Professor of Foundation Simone Muscolino has been working on the Moving Postcard Project since joining VCUQatar in 2010. Muscolino has produced his own videos and taught the technique to students in his Time Studio classes.
Over the last five semesters, approximately 150 students, both Qatari and expatriate, have been involved in the project, and the body of work includes around 1000 Moving Postcards about Doha, Qatar. The project provides glimpses into the landscapes and customs of a country in motion through the eyes of those who know it best.