Meeting Points 6, Beirut, Damascus
babelmed - 15/04/2011
Young Arab Theatre Fund is organising the 6th edition of the contemporary art festival Meeting Points taking place from the 27th of April to the 11th of May 2011.
Locus Agonistes: Practices and Logics of the Civic, the principal conceptual enquiry of Meeting Points 6, is a cultural project conceived as a response to the various scenarios of rupture between antagonistic political camps and civic critical cultures that are presently unfolding in contemporary Arab societies. The responses to these transitional challenges, which have distinct cultural dimensions, cover a broad spectrum of activities, practices, positions, institutions, and social forms that can be felt in diverse pressure points. At the core of these pressure points, at once local and national, global and transnational, secular and theological, regional and geo-political is what may be characterized as a rising dimension of Civic Imagination. In this context, artistic practices and their critical logics provide opportunities for constructing and constituting models of civitas.
Locus Agonistes: Practices and Logics of the Civic is deliberately located in the multiple fault lines between these spaces, and is conceived as three distinct Flash Points (Middle East and Levant, North Africa, and Western Europe). It is a network of unfolding actions, interactions, aesthetic proposals, performances, and public responses by artists, choreographers, dancers, playwrights, filmmakers, and performers. Through the interaction of the participants, the project endeavors to explore locations of reasoned dissent and reflection, in which it is possible to imagine sequences of activities that are rooted in agendas of struggle, which become spaces of becoming, and possible spheres of global civitas.
However, such agendas are neither invested in utopian and progressivist ideals of reformist modernity nor are they inured to the seeming conservatism of fundamentalist cultural politics. In the present transformative events reshaping the subjectivities, as well as the cultural and political topographies of contemporary Arab societies Locus Agonistes is not only premised on the analysis of geopolitical entanglements, it is a response to the momentous historical forces and the emancipatory logics that are currently reshaping debates on civic identities, cultural strategies, and artistic practices both in its immediate context, and in the localities adjacent to them, for example in Europe.
The Beirut Art Center will host an exhibition including installations, photography, sound, video, film, performance, and choreography while the Opera House Damascus will be the venue of a program featuring theatre, dance solos, dramatic monologues and readings, rehearsals, sound, and performance.
List of artists:
- Adel ABDESSEMED - Jumana ABBOUD - Omar ABU SAADA - Saâdane AFIF - Mohammad ATTAR - Doa ALY - Omar AMIRALAY - Tarek ATOUI - Sammy BALOJI - Tony CHAKAR - Stan DOUGLAS - Hafis DHAU & Aicha M'BAREK - Mounir FATMI - Oussama GHANAM - Fakhri EL GHEZAL - Joana HADJITHOMAS & Khalil JOREIGE - David HARE - Mona HATOUM - Samah HIJAWI - Bouchra KHALILI - Fadhel JAIBI - Jalal TOUFIC - Lamia JOREIGE - Sandra MADI - Basim MAGDY - Rima MAROUN - Radhouane EL MEDDEB - Selma & Sofiane OUISSI - Omar RAJEH - Tino SEHGAL - Laila SOLIMAN