Home Workspace Program completed its inaugural edition in July 2012 with resident professor (RP) Emily Jacir.
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Visiting artists/professors included Tony Chakar, Mirene Aranios, Rami Daher, Akram Zaatari, Alfredo Jaar, Kamran Rastegar, Willie Doherty, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Cesare Pietroiusti, Hito Steyerl, and Hassan Khan among others.
Participants: Mohamed Abdel Karim, Noor Abu Arafeh, Roy Dib, Maria Elena Fantoni, Sarah Farahat, Raphael Fleuriet, Saba Innab, Samar Kanafani, Mahmoud Khaled, Joe Namy, Haig Papazian, Tamara Al Samerraei.
The curriculum will consist of seminar and lecture courses combined with studio courses and workshops of varying length. Two six-week seminars will focus in depth on post-colonial cinemas and the social history of communication and media and media activism. Studio courses will focus on public interventions as well as film and video. Extracurricular and interdisciplinary activities will also be emphasized within the context of Beirut, and we will open the school year with a one-month seminar focusing on the city of Beirut and interacting with its artists and residents.
Students will develop their critical skills and artistic practice in the Home Workspace, which will be an environment in which they will experiment with knowledge, technology and society. With a combination of lectures, readings, presentations, walks, screenings and discussions, the students will be able to personalize their educational experience with ample influence and exchange with the visiting professors. The alteration between workshops and theorybased courses will allow the students to measure themselves with various approaches to the visual arts and to critical thinking while being encouraged to pursue their own vision.
I am also instituting a mentorship program and have paired each student with a local cultural practitioner. I would like to thank the following mentors for their generous contribution to this component of my program: Tarek Atoui, Tony Chakar, Joana Hadjithomas, Angela Harutyunyan, Jalal Toufic, Walid Sadek, Kamran Rastegar, Mirene Arsanios, Lamia Joreige, Lina Saneh, and Akram Zaatari.”
Tony Chakar is an architect and writer. His works include: All That is Solid Melts Into Air; Four Cotton Underwear for Tony; Rouwaysset, a Modern Vernacular (With Naji Assi); Beirut, the Impossible Portrait; A Window to the World; Various Small Fires; Memorial to the Iraq War; Yesterday’s Man (a play-performance with Rabih Mroue and Tiago Rodrigues); The Eighth Day (an ongoing project in the form of a lecture/performance). He teaches History of Art and History of Architecture at the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA), Beirut.
• Public Space & Sphere in the Midst of Neoliberal Treats & Urban Transformations: News from Amman & Beirut | Rami Daher
We will explore the evolution of the concept of public space in the Arab world and address the current urban transformations which are taking place under the neoliberal real- estate development in the region. What is its effect on the nature of public space? Is there a chance for resistance and activism? How can we re-think public space? What attempts have been made for an alternative urban vision.
Rami Daher is a practicing architect and academician, and co-founder of TURATH: Architecture & Urban Design Consultants (1999-present), and Metropolis: Cities Research Council (2008- Present). Currently Associate Professor of Architecture at German Jordanian University in Amman, he has also taught at the American University of Beirut’s Department of Architecture & Design and at Jordan University of Science & Technology. Daher practice is invested in research related to politics and dynamics of public space, heritage conservation and urban regeneration, and he holds a Ph. D. in Architecture from Texas A&M University (1995). He has received numerous honors and was appointed Fellow at the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M (1999), Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University (2002); he was also awarded a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship and served as a Research Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (2001).
• The Campus & The City | Mirene Arsanios
The Campus and the City sets to explore the relation between Beirut and its universities, spatially and ideologically. Can universities be considered sites for the production of new thought and knowledge? How can this production be redistributed into the city’s public realm? These questions will be addressed by looking at examples of radical events, which, at a moment of history, presented the potential to structurally reshape the production and circulation of knowledge. What legacy did such events leave and how can they have us rethink today the potential of the university.
Mirene Arsanios writes, teaches art at the American University of Beirut, and is the co-founder of 98weeks research project. She studied art history in Rome and received an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, London (2007).
• The Universe as a Time Capsule | Akram Zaatari AS ABOVE
Akram Zaatari‘s practice is tied to the practice of collecting. His work reflects on the shifting nature of borders and the production and circulation of images in the context of the current political divisions in the Middle East. His videos and photographic installations look into technologies of image production and communication and the notions of surveillance, exploringthe way different media apparatuses get employed in the service of power, resistance, and memory. As co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, Zaatari is deeply invested in examining how photography served to shape notions of aesthetics, postures and social codes, therefore looking at the present through a wealth of past photographic records from the Middle East.
Kamran Rastegar is Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature and a member of the faculty of the International Letters and Visual Cultures program at Tufts University, and is currently a visiting associate with the faculty of the Department of English at the American University in Beirut. He researches and teaches on topics relating to the cultural history of the modern Middle East, cinema and colonialism, and cultural production in post-conflict contexts. He has published a monograph, Literary Modernity Between the Middle East and Europe, and is currently completing a new title, Surviving Images: Postcolonial Cinema and Social Trauma.
Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. His work has been shown extensively worldwide, including the Venice Biennale (1986, 2007, 2009), Sao Paulo Biennale (1987, 1989, 2009) and Documenta (1987, 2002). He has realized more than 60 public interventions around the world. He is a Guggenheim fellow (1985) and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellow (2000), and in 2006 he received Spain’s Premio Extremadura a la Creación. He has lectured and taught at universities and institutions around the world, including Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, Universidad de Barcelona in Spain, Konstfak in Sweden, Domus Academy in Italy, Weimar in Germany; as well as multiple others in the USA including Columbia, NYU, Cooper Union, The New School, SVA, Princeton, UCLA, SFAI and, upcoming in the fall, MIT and Harvard. Over 50 publications have been published on his work, these include La Politique des Images (2006), with essays by Griselda Pollock, Jacques Rancière, Nicole Schweizer and Georges Didi-Huberman; and It Is Difficult (2008), featuring essays by Gabi Scardi, Paolo Fabbri, Paul Gilroy, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Nicole Schweizer.
Willie Doherty was born in 1959 in Derry, Northern Ireland where he continues to live and work. Beginning in the early 1980s with black-and-white photographs overlaid with text, Doherty has used his native Northern Ireland landscape as the subject for his video and photographic work. Concurrent with his work in photography, the artist has developed a significant body of video installations which have been widely exhibited internationally: No Smoke Without Fire in “Cocido y Crudo” at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (1994); Somewhere Else in the 1999 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh; Re-Run in the XXV Bienal de São Paulo (2002); and Ghost Story in the Venice Biennale (2007). In 2010, Doherty filmed for the first time outside of Ireland and this work, SEGURA was shown at Manifesta 8 in Murcia. In 2006, his work was the subject of a video survey exhibition organized by Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City and, in 2007, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau in Münich and Kunstverein in Hamburg collaborated on an exhibition and catalogue, Willie Doherty: Anthology of Time-Based Works.
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi is a writer, media-theorist and media-activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy; he is also co-founder of the e-zine recombinant.org and of the telestreet network. Like other intellectuals involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970′s, he fled to Paris, where he worked with Felix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. He has contributed to various magazines including Semiotexte (New York), Chimeres (Paris) and is a regular contributor to the monthly ALFABETA2 (Rome). Berardi is the author of several publications including his last book The Soul at Work (Semiotext(e), Los Angeles, 2009). ?He is currently teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, and is working on the project SCEPSI (European School for Social Imagination).
Cesare Pietroiusti is co-founder of the artist-run space ‘Jartrakor’ (Rome), ‘Nomads & Residents’ (New York), and of the magazine ‘Rivista di Psicologia dell’Arte’ (1979-1984); he is also one of the coordinators of the ‘Oreste’ projects (1997-2001). His practice focuses on problematic and paradoxical situations that are hidden in common relationships and in ordinary acts – thoughts that come to mind without a reason, small worries, quasi-obsessions that are usually considered too insignificant to become a matter of discussion, or of self-representation. In 1997 he published Non Functional Thoughts (ed. Morra, Napoli), a small book containing approximately one hundred useless, parasite or incongruous ideas to be realised as art projects by anyone. Some of these ideas have been executed by artists and curators, such as for the exhibition ‘Democracy!’ (London, 2000). In the last few years Pietroiusti mostly concentrated on the topic of the exchange, and on the paradoxes that arise in the folds of economic systems and rules. ?Pietroiusti teaches at the Laboratorio di Arti Visive (IUAV University, Venice) since 2004 and at the Arts Institute of Boston since 2010.
Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker and writer who produces written and visual essays around questions of the global circulation of images. She teaches New Media Art at the University of Arts Berlin.
Foundation for Arts Initiatives, Bohen Foundation
Heinrich Böll Foundation MEO, Ousseimi Foundation, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development