Laila Shereen Sakr is a digital media artist and theorist known for creating the cyborg data-body, VJ Um Amel, and the R-Shief media system. She is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
We are open source developers and activists who innovated a system that has been collecting and analyzing social media from the Internet since 2008. The living repository has many collections of over 30 billion posts in more than 70 languages.
Leading an innovative form of humanities-based inquiry that explores digital media through critically and theoretically informed collaborative design practices, UCSB Film and Media Studies Professors Laila Shereen Sakr and Alenda Chang established Wireframe Studio in 2017.
Along with Prof. Paul Amar and Prof. Sherene Seikaly, Prof. Laila Shereen Sakr co-organized a gathering of human rights defenders and scholar/activists at UCSB and launched an intensive process of reimagining that has led to new possibilities, including a transcontinental seminar where Arab and #BlackLivesMatter activists met in Brazil, and the Arab Studies Institute's Egypt Project.
Together we can make a difference. VJ Um Amel has created a limited edition series of art prints available exclusively on this website. 50% of all sales will benefit the ACLU. 50% will support VJ Um Amel's production costs of her future art projects. Release date: May 2017.
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“Ev-Ent-Anglement: Reflexively Extending Engagement By Way of Technology” (co-authored with Alex Juhasz) in Bodies of Information: Feminist Debates in Digital Humanities, Eds. Liz Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont, (in press, 2017).
“On Developing a Teaching Module on Arab Social Media,” (co-authored with Kimberly Katz) in Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier: The Integration of Production and Theory/History in Cinema and Media Studies Courses, (2016).
“From Archive to Analytics: Building Counter-Collections of Arabic Social Media,” Archival Dissonance: Contemporary Visual Culture and Knowledge Production. I.B. Tauris/Ibraaz, September 2015.
“The Virtual Body Politic: A Networked Political Mobilization of Information Patterns and Materiality,” Networking Knowledge: Journal of the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association. Vol. 8. No. 2. (May 2015).