JACOPO GALLICO In Memoriam: The architect’s funeral, or how to make alive a cemetery
23/11/2016 7pm Sursock Museum Auditorium
We expect architects to design. But other possibilities exist. For Wittgenstein, architecture is a gesture, an action. The architectural action, that is indeed a social one, has other virtues: it can also produce a social and political intelligibility, as was attempted by the Stalker collective founded in 1994 in Rome. The collective’s name is a nod to the eponymous film, Stalker, by Tarkovski, where wandering becomes a method of exploration inherent to architecture. Jacopo Gallico opens new perspectives on this method through the introduction of historical material. Read more
Jacopo Gallico (b. 1971, Rome) graduated in architecture from La Sapienza University. He has been a member of the Rome-based architectural collective, Stalker, since 1999. His research is centered on public space in the contemporary city and the elaboration of a methodology for interventions, particularly in marginal zones. He has collaborated with several cultural, social and artistic institutions where he has also exhibited his works, including Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin; the Venice Biennale; Fondazione Pistoletto Biella; Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Rome; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; CAPC, Bordeaux; and
LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN The Politics of Listening
30/11/2016 7pm Sursock Museum Auditorium
One wonders what has become of esthetics, of the consideration of sensibility, or of the senses, in contemporary art. Has it aligned with the latter’s spectacular aspect, with the narcissistic satisfaction produced by the art market? With Lawrence Abu Hamdan, we find an alternative vision of esthetics. The artist works with auditory sensations; sensations as actions, which involve their transmission and receiving, and as such instantly engage our social relations and the powers inherent to media and networking infrastructures. Abu Hamdan demonstrates that artistic action is able to elucidate these situations, and to contribute to a politics of listening. Read more
Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b.1985, Amman) produces audiovisual installations, performances, graphic works and photographs. His interest in sound and its production and reception in social and political contexts stems from his background in DIY music. His works have been exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; MACBA, Barcelona; Tate Modern, London; MHKA, Antwerp; Beirut Art Center and the Taipei Biennale (2012), among others. His works are in the collections of MoMA, New York; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; and the Arts Council, England.
Discussions on history
HANANE EL HAJJ ALI Revisiting the Beirut Theatre
03/11/2016 7pm Sursock Museum Library
The visual arts are indebted to Lebanese political theatre. A significant number of today’s most well-known artists began their journeys with the Ayloul Festival, founded by Elias Khoury and Pascale Feghali, and closely linked to the Beirut Theatre. Hannane El Hajj Ali is one of those best able to evoke this history, through her research and her activism. This cultural, social, and political history belongs to us all, and merits being passed on and kept alive beyond the memory of those who experienced it at first hand. Read more
Hanane El Hajj Ali is a lecturer at IESAV, Saint-Joseph University (USJ), and an expert in cultural management. An attaché to the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, she is also the author of numerous works including “Introduction to Cultural Policies”, and “Théâtre Beyrouth”. A co-founder of the Hakawati theatre group, Shams and Al-Mawred Athaqafy, she is also a member of numerous organizations including Ettijahat, Action for Hope Initiative, Censorship Observatory, and Save Beirut Theatre.