Adrian Lahoud and Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Jan 14 - Jan 30, 2021

Thursdays 11:00 am-1:00pm Beirut time

Fridays 6:00pm- 8:00pm Beirut time

(and a third session to be determined weekly)

This workshop will be held online


At a crime scene, a witness sees and hears. After the event, they are called on to speak. Before the crime occurs, however, they are conditioned as a seeing and hearing subject. There can be no description of an event and no testimony without a subject conditioned to see and hear in a certain way. But what can the subjects' capacity to witness tell us in and of itself? These sessions will expand on the idea of a ‘scene’ in a criminal event to better understand the collective preconditions of testimony. This chapter will be dedicated to experimenting with ideas of set, setting, scenography, and re-enactment as techniques able to solicit and reproduce what is often discarded—not the crime, but the conditions that produce its witnesses.