Preface | Rayyane Tabet
October 23 – November 3, 2017
Site | City | Country
Geology | Archeology | Architecture
For the 2017-18 preface, Rayyane Tabet proposes an in-depth observation of the immediate surroundings of Ashkal Alwan, three neighborhoods in Beirut and three sites across Lebanon through the lenses of geology, archeology and architecture.
WORKSHOP I | Natascha Sadr Haghighian
January 15 – February 2, 2018
Preponderance of the small
What would art look like that does not represent or talk about something or somebody, but instead attempts to be in tune with the realities, the questions, the sites, the people and the struggles that are cohabiting the places it engages in? Fred Moten says that “you are already in it”, you are already in the thing that you call for and that calls for you.
The workshop will approach what it could mean to be in tune from different angles, using deep listening, elemental analysis and cognitive exercises – in short how we can think, talk and work ‘with’ rather than ‘about’ a subject matter.
WORKSHOP II | Lina Majdalanie
February 26 – March 9, 2018
This workshop aims to explore the relationship between the personal and the common (or the public). It aims to bring the distant closer and to estrange the familiar, or even to make a stranger out of it. It wants to dig vertically, archaeologically into a point, and to search horizontally for unexpected, possible and existing links.
WORKSHOP III | with Iman Issa
March 19 – 30, 2018
Entanglements and Imbrications
In various strands, the workshop will revolve around a central question of whether an independence of thought and action can be claimed by artists today. Can contested notions such as autonomy for artists, artworks, and their institutions hold any emancipatory potential or are different notions in need? Through a number of case studies, we will examine some of the different subject positions artists inhabit trying to unravel the varied economic, social and ideological entanglements that might be associated with such positions. We will also consider the conventions of aesthetic forms and use of sensual material; drawing a distinction between narratives (provided by the artist, curators, or others) and their supposedly corroborating sonic, visual, olfactory or other physical elements. The workshop will be run by Iman Issa and will contain two guest seminars run respectively by Antonia Majaca and Sven Lütticken.
WORKSHOP IV | RAQS media collective
May 21 – June 1, 2018
Raqs will return to Ashkal Alwan with a cluster of situations, readings, performative learning conditions and actions designed to focus on what they call ‘Infra-procedures.’ A program for the consideration of what it means to be giving voice to thought and practice that normally stays out of earshot.
Infra-Procedures can be seen as undercurrents, as subterranean and submersible thoughts, as energies that are best cultivated under the skin. Their latency is their strength, not their weakness. Raqs will undertake a conceptual tour of gestatory processes across cultures, plumb the depths of conscious concealment – investigating the history of concepts such as Taquiyya (sacred dissimulation), or the Ba’atin (the hidden), or the Guhya (the secret) in the Islamicate and Indic traditions in order to explore their potential for contemporary practice. In order to step aside from the secret and the sacred, infra-procedures will also allow us to tap into unused frequencies of thought and consciousness, untried protocols of conversation and practice.
Seminars with Guest Professors Jalal Toufic, Monika Halkort, Walid Sadek, Carine Doumit, Elie Ayache and Walid Raad .