VJ Um Amel

Arabic for Video Jockey (VJ) "Mother of Hope"

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.

  • Art & Technology
  • Media Theory/Practice
  • Algorithmic Culture
  • Feminism
  • Middle East Studies
  • Global Human Rights
  • Interactive Design
  • Creative Coding
  • Glitch Art
  • Live Cinema
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality
  • Data Viz
  • Analytics


Glitch Resistance

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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