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HWP 2017-18 | October 9 - July 15, 2018

Workshops by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Lina Majdalani, Iman Issa and Raqs Media Collective

With seminars by Jalal Toufic, Monika Halkort, Walid Sadek, Carine Doumit, Elie Ayache and Walid Raad.





Image: Courtesy of Rayanne Tabet

About Home Workspace Program 2017-18
The 7th edition of the Home Workspace Program is organised around four workshops, a course of seminars and public lectures, three group critique sessions, and the end of year open studios. The program is initiated in tandem with the fourth and final Sharjah Biennial 13 off-site project, Upon a Shifting Plate and ACT II, the concluding program of SB13 taking place across Beirut on October 14-22, 2017. A two-week orientation follows, with a preface led by Rayyane Tabet.

Visiting Professors (VP): Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Lina Majdalani, Iman Issa and Raqs Media Collective are invited to run two to three-week workshops, including guests of their choice, exploring themes, media and forms affined with their artistic practices. The VPs also conduct studio visits and engage in close discussions with HWP fellows.

The course, composed of 6 seminars and 4 public talks, explores theoretical and discursive concepts addressed in the work of each of the Guest Professors (GP), while interlocking with the themes of the VPs.

Joe Namy and Roy Samaha are this year’s Resident Advisors, offering mentorship and advise to each of the HWP fellows.

Program
Preface
Preface | Rayyane Tabet
October 23 – November 3, 2017

Site | City | Country
Geology | Archeology | Architecture

For the 2017-18 preface, Rayanne 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.

Workshops
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 Majdalani
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


Issa proposes the notion of ‘immanence,’ as one alternative to a dialectical reading of the world and its categorical and divisive implications.

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.

Course
Seminars with Guest Professors Jalal Toufic, Monika Halkort, Walid Sadek, Carine Doumit, Elie Ayache and Walid Raad.
Biographies
Joe Namy is a composer and media artist. His work often addresses identity, memory, power, and currents encoded in organized sound/music, such as the politics and gender dynamics of bass, the color and tones of militarization, or the migration and asylum patterns of musical instruments.

Roy Samaha is a video artist, born in 1978, lives and works in Beirut. With a background in film studies, he started showing videos in 2003. Samaha’s work deals with personal history, the act of mourning and the memory of personal objects.

Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s research-based practice encompasses a variety of forms and formats including video, performance, installation, text and sound. She is primarily concerned with the socio-political implications of contemporary modes of world-making.

Lina Majdalani is concerned with contemplating the particularity of the Lebanese experience; questioning the signs of social and political reality through the many productions that she has directed, written and acted in. Today her work questions her citizenship and her place within public space, the notion of representation and the relation between the real and the fictional.

Iman Issa explores the relationship between history, memory, language and objects. Her recent work explores the notion of individual experience and how it is linked to the collective. In her practice, she detaches and deconstructs events, characters, and places to create something new, with new eyes.

Over the past two decades, the Raqs Media Collective has adapted a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and researchers and theorists. Raqs work across various media, experimenting with interdisciplinarity to articulate concerns with pedagogical and collaborative structures.

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