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Gazing... Unseeing

Still from the film "Gazing... Unseeing" by Mohamed Abdelkarim. A boat in the sea in front of the back of a billboard.
© Mohamed Abdelkarim
  • Director

    Mohamed Abdelkarim

  • Egypt, Netherlands / 2021
    8 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


GAZING… UNSEEING speculatively envisions a dystopian future scenario of an Egyptian city post-disaster. Floods have taken over the West Sahara, setting off a string of corporate and governmental measures to control the rioting population. The film is based on an interview with an imagined fugitive. Through different positions, ideological turns, and questions on economic sovereignty, the interview imagines the future of the greens’, governments’, and private sectors’ relations to infrastructure, privatization, ecology, surveillance, and migration.

Mohamed Abdelkarim is a performance-oriented artist and researcher. He produces texts and images that embody the forms of poetry, scripts, sound, and video. Employing and reflecting on performative acts like narrating, singing, dancing, detecting, and doing, his work is concerned with the performance of renegades in a time of crisis, complicating the relationship between geography, landscape, and speculation.

Production Mohamed Abdelkarim. Production company Mohamed Abdelkarim (Kairo, Egypt). Written and directed by Mohamed Abdelkarim. Cinematography Mohamed Abdelkarim. Music Mohamed Abdelkarim. Casting Mohamed Ali Bakr. With Mohamed Ali Bakr. 


2007: Gulf daytime (6 min.). 2010: Virtual Conflict (8 min.). 2012: Conspiracy Exceeds (5 min.). 2013: External Rotation (video installation, 7 min.), Comparison Of Appearance (17 min.). 2014: His Highness' History (6 min.). 2021: I Almost Forgot The Roving Body...Let's Call It The Future (7 min.), Gazing... Unseeing.

Bonus Material

  • Still from the film "Gazing... Unseeing" by Mohamed Abdelkarim. Two big billboards in front of the sea.


    A dystopian future scenario: A fugitive from a flooded Egyptian city recounts a story of governmental and corporate control following a natural disaster.

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