Laila Shereen Sakr is a maker and thinker known for creating the R-Shief media system and the cyborg VJ Um Amel. She is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at University of California, 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 that has led to new scholarship, including a transcontinental seminar where Arab and #BlackLivesMatter activists met at Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
To mark her ten-year anniversary, VJ Um Amel launches an eighteen-month project in three parts—Storyboard of the Arab Resistance. Part I is Glitch Resistance, a limited edition series of six framed prints on canvas and metal available exclusively on this website. Each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA). 30% of all sales will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Storyboard of the Arab Resistance Parts II and III will be released throughout the course of the project as software application, virtual world and game.
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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).