98weeks OUR LINES ARE NOW OPEN: A RADIO SERIES Readings and performances on the Poetics and Politics of Language commissioned by 98weeks, in collaboration with Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Nora Razian. 98WEEKS EVENTS May 2013There are currently no events scheduled for this month. ABOUT 98WEEKS 98weeks is an artists’ organization and project space founded by Marwa Arsanios and Mirene Arsanios on the 31st of October 2007. It is conceived as a research project that shifts its attention to a new topic every 98 weeks. Focusing on artistic research and combining both theoretical and practical forms of inquiry, 98weeks’ projects take multiple forms, including workshops, community projects, seminars, reading groups, publications and exhibitions. Two years after its founding, 98weeks opened a non-profit project space in the Mar Mikhael area of Beirut. The space is a 50 m2 storefront distributed over two floors; a library and a reading room presenting 98 research archives as well as an archive on historical and contemporary arts and cultural publications; a space that invites artists to think through their practice and develop ideas, exhibitions and projects; a platform where artists, cultural practitioners and neighbours are welcome to propose ideas; a space to enhance selforganized initiatives and the sharing of artistic resources. Today, the 98weeks team is Mirene Arsanios, Marwa Arsanios and Zeina Assaf. ABOUT THE 98WEEKS PROJECT OUR LINES ARE NOW OPEN: A RADIO SERIES | Readings and performances on the Poetics and Politics of Language commissioned by 98weeks, in collaboration with Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Nora Razian Our Lines Are Now Open is a series of interventions that aim to look at reading and writing by using radio as a means of exploring the erotics, poetics and politics of reading. Through magazines, diaries, science fiction novels, theatre plays, erotic literature and other genres, the project aims to open a discussion on literature and discourse leading to productive frictions between writers, artists, and audiences. This laboratory will serve as an experiment in language, using the indiscriminate medium of radio as a means to challenge and expand the private space of reading, and exposing literature to echoes and feedback from other contexts. Our Lines Are Now Open, launched during Home Works 6, will function for four consecutive days. An abandoned storefront facing 98weeks project space will be transformed into a radio production house broadcasting a program of readings that look at the tension between silence and speech and explore questions such as: What happens to language when violence provokes the act of speaking? When does nation-building silence a language or create a new one? How does language shape our relationship to the future? What can the gesture of teaching the language of the migrant labour force to the local residents provoke? How can we think gender through literature? How can words be smuggled? Each day will see live audience participation through a studio audience and phone-ins. The events are designed for the audience to be able to listen online as well as participate live, and each event will also be produced as short 15-minute radio programs edited by Rayya Badran and Lawrence Abu Hamdan and broadcast through a special slot on Ziad Nawfal’s program Ruptures on Radio Lebanon 96.2 FM. Produced by Ashkal Alwan. THE PARTICIPANTS Nikita Dhawan Sidsel Nelund Lawrence Abu Hamdan Ahmed Naje Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige Nora Razian Sophia Al Maria Tarek El-Ariss Y Yazan L. Al Saadi Ghalya Saadawi Rayyane Tabet Ziad Nawfal Other Collaborators Rayya Badran (b. Lebanon, 1984) is a writer based in Beirut. Her first publication Radiophonic Voice(s) (2010) was published by Ashkal Alwan during Home Works 5. She is currently working on short sound pieces and a radiophonic essay. Ziad Nawfal is a DJ, radio show host, independent music producer and music critic. He worked for a number of years in Beirut’s alternative record shop La CD-Thèque and its production house, Incognito. He began working independently in the field of music production in 2006, producing records for Lebanese rock band Scrambled Eggs and the electronica project Munma. Since the early 2000s, Nawfal has regularly hosted live performances by Lebanese folk, rock, electronic and experimental musicians on his Ruptures show, broadcasting from Radio Lebanon 96.2FM. These performances are released on a regular basis under the Ruptured label, which Nawfal founded in 2009. He lives and works in Beirut. Press – Banned literature, broadcast , NOW Lebanon, Iante Roach, May 27th, 2013 – Download here.