Known for creating R-Shief software and performing as VJ Um Amel, Laila Shereen Sakr is Assistant Professor of Media Theory & Practice at University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, she co-founded Wireframe, a new digital media studio that supports critical game design and digital arts practice.
"In Cairo, Artists Use Pixels, Cyborgs, and More to Examine Technology and Belief" (March 9, 2020) by Leslee Michelsen in Hyperallergic. Insightful review. Image left: VJ Um Amel “Body of a Cyborg 8.8” 2017 (image courtesy of the artist).
"AUC’s TCC Hosts Three Exhibitions on Art and Technology" (Feb 13, 2020) in Albawaba. “I am delighted to welcome guests to visit my new works on canvas, Cyborg Portraits, Rosetta Tweets, and a portal into R-Shief’s ten-year-old vault." Image Left: Bahia Shebab, “We love Life” 2019 (image courtesy of the artist).
"The sound of a glitch" (Feb 25, 2020) by Rania Khallaf in Ahram Online. "Sakr uses different techniques, gama, glitch and pixel sorting, to produce a totally different version of the image."
See a full list of publications here
“Security or Uncertainty: Stabilizing R-Shief Twitter Analysis during the Jasmine & Egyptian Revolutions.” ThoughtMesh: Critical Code Journal, February 5, 2011.
“The R-Shief Initiative: Proof of Concept” in Parson’s Journal for Information Mapping (Vol. 2) (2009).
“A Digital Humanities Approach: Text, the Internet, and the Egyptian Uprising” in Middle East Critique. Taylor and Francis. Vol. 22, Iss. 3, 2013.
“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).