HWP 2017-18 | October 9 - July 15, 2018 Workshops by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Lina Majdalani, Iman Issa and Raqs Media CollectiveWith seminars by Jalal Toufic, Monika Halkort, Walid Sadek, Carine Doumit, Elie Ayache and Walid Raad. Image: Courtesy of Rayanne Tabet
The workshop will address the varied relationships creative practitioners assume towards their source material, the type of systems and structures they evoke to support their generation of forms and content, and how these processes and choices may, in turn, determine their output and serve as the basis for the renunciation or assumption of authorship. WORKSHOP IV | RAQS media collective May 21 – June 1, 2018 Infra-Procedures 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.