Khaled Kaddal: ‘On Sovereignty, I Reflect!’

Resident fellow Khaled Kaddal’s performative presentation on Tuesday 16.11. at 17.30 at Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, Sörnäisten rantatie 19.

During the contemporary clashes of technological dominance, the event contemplates on the aesthetic of surveillance, sovereignty of spaces and physical captivity. 

Through a performative presentation, Khaled Kaddal demonstrates how cyber imprisonment inspired his artistic practice, specifically in his latest project ‘The Formula of Giving Heart’ project, which was developed during the lockdown at the University of Oxford. 

The interdisciplinary piece is a computational modelling of the ancient-Egyptian mummification spells, known as the ‘Formula of Giving Heart’. The model operates surveillance camera modules, movement detection, text-to-speech script and bio-sensors for neural signals and heart monitoring the artist’s body while performing harsh noises in a captivated space. 

The event forms part of Kaddal’s resident fellow at Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, supported by the Saastamoinen Foundation, in which he researches the inclusion of Generative Adversarial Network and machine learning in audio visual compositions.

Read more about the International Incubators in Fine Arts programme supported by the Saastamoinen Foundation.

More about Khaled Kaddal

Khaled Kaddal is an interdisciplinary artist and tech-developer, raised in Egypt and currently resident in London. His hybrid practice includes computational and generative media, sound performances and spatial installations. Finding inspirations from mythical motifs, his latest works contemplate human communication, politics of cybernetics and metha-borders. 

Selected Exhibitions and Performances at Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Mosaic Rooms Gallery, London; Tokyo Metropolitan ArtMuseum, Tokyo; Science Gallery, London; Palazzo Mora Venice Biennale; TownHouse Gallery, Cairo; Cairotronica Symposium, Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture; Cairo; Zentrum der Kunster Hellerau, Dresden; and Dilston Grove Gallery, London; 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, Morocco. Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Kaddal studied Computer Science at AAST (EG), and Sound Art at the University of the Arts London (UK). He is currently Resident Fellow at Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, Finland.


16.11.2021 klo 17:30



Sörnäisten rantatie 19

00530 Helsinki

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