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Screening at Zico House

In Fine Arts on March 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

6:30 ZICO HOUSE for the screening of “Enjoy Poverty, Episode 3”, a film by Renzo Martens.

Enjoy Poverty, Episode 3, Renzo Martens

For two years, Dutch artist Renzo Martens travelled around Congo, from the capital of Kinshasa to deep into the interior. Employing a casual film style, camera in hand, he makes his way around the poverty-fighting industry in the post-civil war country and regularly appears onscreen himself. He films UN peacekeepers in their SUVs providing security for an international company so it can mine gold; corpses of gold-digging rebels surrounded by Western photographers, white relief workers happily taking pictures of the recipients of their emergency aid, with their logo on every canvas tent they hand out; a large landowner at a photo exhibition looking at pictures of his day labourers, who don’t even earn enough to feed their children. It all amounts to one conclusion: poverty is there to stay, and “fighting it” is an industry from which the poor benefit very little. Martens then launches a self-styled emancipation programme: he teaches the Congolese poor that “images of poverty” are their country’s most lucrative natural resource. Under Martens’ guidance, local photographers start photographing malnourished children instead of wedding parties. He mounts a neon sign in the middle of the forest that reads “Enjoy Poverty,” so that the poor can reap its financial fruits as well. The local population dances frenetically, but in the end, adversity won’t be held at bay for long.

ZICO HOUSE
174 Rue Spears – Sanayeh, Beirut

Opening Tonight: 98weeks Exhibition “Arts Floraux”

In Fine Arts on March 27, 2010 at 9:03 am

“ARTS FLORAUX”
AT 98WEEKS PROJECT SPACE

OPENING SATURDAY MARCH 27 AT 6 PM

“Arts Floraux”a project by Peter Currie and Colin Whitaker, will turn the 98Weeks project space into a temporary conceptual flower shop.

Imagining the flower shop as an in-between place (between the natural and the commercial, between public and domestic, between local and global, between the momentary, the seasonal, and the enduring, and between decoration and art) this project animates some curious ideas about the way flower shops, flowers, plants and shrubbery come into play around Beirut. The city’s architecture – from the French mandate-era balconies to the modular modernist terraces and newly built glass patios of corporate condos – nearly always presumes some greenery mediating between city and home. In Beirut, public parks and gardens are few and far between, but concrete high-rises spill over with terrace gardens and local flower shops stay open deep into the night.

“Arts Floraux” takes off from this botanical impulse, presenting still-life arrangements with flowers and various found vessels and objects. Included among these objects, and recalling the vanitas tradition of still-life paintings, will be a collection of cow bones discovered in a Lebanese meadow that have mysteriously anthropomorphic features. Arrangements will be presented in different sculptural configurations, primarily against backdrops made from awning-canvas.  

“Wildflowers”
In conjunction with “Arts Floraux”, artist Rachel Hines will perform “Wildflowers” – a drawing session that will culminate from a walk through the neighborhood in search for wild flowers. Participants will wander through the neighborhood with the artist, gathering flowers, and encountering the space through collaborative aesthetics.

The action will begin at 11 am on Saturday, April 3rd, initiating from 98weeks, meandering throughout the streets and returning back to the “Art Floraux” exhibition space. Here the participants will arrange and draw from the flowers assembled after the walk. All are welcome, but space is limited. Please email rachelahines@gmail.com if interested. —————————————–

BIOS

Colin Whitaker (American, 1980) is a filmmaker and artist currently working in Beirut. He studied film at New York University and has exhibited at the P.S. 1 Clocktower in New York, Evas Arche und der Feminist in New York, and at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. He participated in the Fall 2009 workshop with 98Weeks investigating the Mar Mikhail neighborhood of Beirut.

Peter Currie (American, 1985) studied art history at Columbia University in New York. He has contributed to a number of art publications as a writer, and has worked at contemporary art galleries in New York and Beirut.

Rachel Hines is an interdisciplinary artist working with themes revolving around absence, community, and intimacy. The work takes shape in performances, actions, objects, paintings and drawings. Ms. Hines studied at Pratt Institute, NY where she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. Hines has shown extensively throughout the U.S. including recent exhibitions at Electric Celluloid Film Festival, MI, NutureArt, NY and the Patchogue Biennial, NY.

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98WEEKS PROJECT SPACE IS LOCATED IN  MAR MKHAEL EL NAHR, BEIRUT, BEFORE JISR EL HADID, FACING SPOILER CENTER, CHALHOUB BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR. OPENING HOURS: MONDAY – SATURDAY: 3pm – 7pm. OPEN BY APPOINTMENT: 03/417321 or 70803522
Email: mirenearsanios@gmail.commarwaarsanios@hotmail.comBlog: http://98weeks.blogspot.comWebsite:www.98weeks.org

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

In Fine Arts on March 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

VISITING
ARTIST
LECTURE
SERIES:

All visiting artist lectures will be held in Nicely Hall room 409 unless otherwise stipulated.

8 April, Thursday: Walid Sadek 1-2pm
Born in 1966, Walid Sadek is an artist and writer living in Beirut. His early work investigates the violent legacies of the Lebanese civil war as partially and inadequately seen and experienced by a young Christian-born Lebanese: I Once Dreamt I was a Phoenix (1995); Half-a-Man (1995); Home Play (1996); The Last Days of Summer (1997). He later began to posit, mostly in theoretical texts, ways of understanding the complexity of lingering civil strife in times of relative social and economical stability: A Matter of Words (2002); From Excavation to Dispersion: Configurations of Installation Art in Post-War Lebanon  (2003); The Acquisition of Death: the Ends of Art and Dwelling in Lebanon (2004). His recent written work endeavors to structure a theory for a post-war society disinclined to resume normative living: From Image to Corpse (2006); Place at Last (2007); Seeing Rude and Erudite (2007); Peddling Time When Standing Still; art remains in Lebanon and the globalization that was (2009). Concomitantly, a number of installations propose a poetics for a social experience governed by uneasy contiguity with the remnants and consequences of violence: Love is Blind (2006); Dear Stephen (2006); Mourning in the Presence of the Corpse (2007); Learning to See Less (2009).

Walid Sadek is currently associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut.

9 April Friday: Marwa Arsanios 4-5pm

Marwa Arsanios lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.Marwa completed her BA in Graphic Design from the Lebanese American University (2001), and obtained her MFA from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London (2007). She has exhibited in London, Beirut, Athens, Oxford, Lisboa, Santiago de Chile and Rome. Her work was shown at Art Dubai in the Bidoun Lounge (Art Park), at the Forum expanded of the Berlinale 2010 and at the Homeworks V forum in Beirut. She is a founding member of the artist organization and project space 98weeks research project, and one of the organizers of the traveling project Platform Translation. Marwa is also a part time art teacher.She has been granted the artist’s residency at the Arab Image Foundation for 2009 and the research residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site for 2010.

30 April Friday: Beth Stryker 4-5pm

Beth Stryker received her M.Arch from Princeton University. Her work has been widely exhibited including shows at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.  She has recently curated programs for the Beirut Art Center, and exhibitions and programs for the Center for Architecture in NYC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Beth is a founding member of Denniston Hill, an artist-in-residency project in upstate New York. She is currently living between New York and Beirut, where she is acting as Director of NAAS (Network of Arab Arthouse Screens) in collaboration with Metropolis Cinema and ArteEast.

30 April Friday: Vartan Avakian 4-5pm

Vartan Avakian is a visual artist and researcher. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in Architecture and Urban Culture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. He studied Communication Arts at Lebanese American University and has since been working professionally in media production and scenic design. His work is inter-disciplinary employing video, installation and pop media. Avakian lives and works in Beirut.

7 May Friday: Ashkan Sepahvand 4-5pm

Ashkan Sepahvand was born in Tehran in 1984. He lives in Berlin and works elsewhere. His activities include writing, editing and the occasional translation. Since 2006 he has been a co-organizer of the artistic network Reloading Images. The project Other than someone, there was no one is the product of a residency at Ashkal Alwan since November 2009 and will be presented at Home Works V.

14 May Friday: Mirene Arsanios 4-5pm

Mirene Arsanios is the co founder of 98weeks. She studied art history in Rome and did her masters in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, London (2007). She previously worked as a researcher at Ashkal Alwan (2008-2009) and as an assistant curator at MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome (2004-2006). She now teaches  at the American University of Beirut. Loves to write and research.

Talk20 Beirut 4th Edition – March 26th

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts, Music on March 25, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Talk20 is a gathering for all you who are interested in what is up and coming in Beirut’s art, architecture, and design scene. Take part in conversations involving the fusion of ideological, geographic and disciplinary boundaries and get a behind the scenes scope on current successful designers, artists and musicians in Beirut. The forum will begin with a series of short presentations selected and narrated by a variety of students, professors and professionals. Presenters will include Sharif Sehnaoui (Irtijal musician), Sarah Beydoun (designer of Sarah’s Bag), Karim Moussawer (architect for PARALX) among other architects, artists, and designers. At 6pm, expect to hear live performances by experimental musicians and vocalists, Youmna Saba and Sharif Sehnaoui. Get a juicy taste of Beirut’s art scene this evening.

Place Charles Hostler Center Auditorium, AUB, Lower Campus
Time 6pm-8pm

Exhibition: The Art of Islamic Calligraphy in Graphic Design

In Event on March 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm

The Lebanese American University School of Architecture and Design Graphic Design Department in collaboration with RISALAT would like to invite you to The Art of Islamic Calligraphy in Graphic Design A talk by Masoud Nejabati followed by an exhibition of his recent work
Lecture:
Friday March 26, 2010 at 5pm
LRC 21 Building, Beirut Campus

Exhibition:

March 26, 2010 at 7pm
Sheikh Zayed Hall,
Beirut Campus

The exhibition will be ongoing till March 31st, 2010 Open daily from 10am to 6pm l Saturday 10am to 2pm l Sunday closed Looking forward to seeing you all.

CVSP – Brown Bag forums

In Fine Arts on March 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm

CVSP Brown Bag Forums, Spring Semester, 2009-2010, revised schedule

1 Apr 2010
Paul du Quenoy (History)
Eros, Love, and Salvation
Thurs 3pm
Nicely 409 Wagner’s Tannhauser

14 Apr 2010
Filippo del Lucchese (CVSP)
Vana, absurda et
orrenda: Spinoza and
monstrosity

28 Apr 2010
Ray Brassier (Philosophy)
Sellars’ Realism
2pm

All forums are held in West Hall, Room 310 Wednesdays at 3:00 pm
unless otherwise noted.

Residency – Abrons Art Center and Henry Street Settlement, NY

In Fine Arts, Opportunity on March 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

ABRONS
ART
CENTER
RESIDENCY:

The Abrons Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Workspace Program provides free studio space for visual artists for 11 months (beginning September 2010). Painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, video, and installation artists work in collective, semi-private studios at the Abrons Arts Center, located at 466 Grand Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A clay artist works in a separate shared space adjacent to our ceramics studio. The AIR Workspace Program hosts an annual Open Studios event each year and provides a range of career development opportunities, including exhibition opportunities and studio visits with numerous visiting artists, critics, and curators.

Click here to download the application or visit www.henrystreet.org/air.

NEW for 2010: Curatorial Residency
This year the Abrons is expanding our residency program to accommodate one curatorial resident. The awarded applicant will receive an office and the opportunity to curate at least three shows in the on-site exhibition spaces. The resident will also have individual meetings with critics, curators, and artists who visit the program each year. A curatorial advisory board will be formed for the resident in order to foster an ongoing dialogue for his or her individual writing and exhibition interests.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on March 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm


VISITING
ARTIST
LECTURE
SERIES:

All visiting artist lectures will be held in Nicely Hall room 409 unless otherwise stipulated.

26 March Friday:
Heiner Goebbles
(West Hall, Bathish)

8 April, Thursday:
Walid Sadek
1-2pm

9 April Friday:
Marwa Arsanios
4-5pm

30 April Friday:
Vartan Avakian
4-5pm

7 May Friday:
Ashkan Sepahvand
4-5pm

14 May Friday:
Mirene Arsanios
4-5pm

98 WEEKS Exhibition: Arts Floraux

In Event, Fine Arts on March 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

ARTS FLORAUX

A CONCEPTUAL FLOWER SHOP BY COLIN WHITAKER AND PETER CURRIE
AT 98WEEKS PROJECT SPACE
OPENING SATURDAY MARCH 27 AT 6 PM

“Arts Floraux” will turn the 98Weeks project space into a temporary conceptual flower shop. Imagining the flower shop as an in-between place (between the natural and the commercial, between public and domestic, between local and global, between the momentary, the seasonal, and the enduring, and between decoration and art) this project animates some curious ideas about the way flower shops, flowers, plants and shrubbery come into play around Beirut.

The city’s architecture – from the French mandate-era balconies to the modular modernist terraces and newly built glass patios of corporate condos – nearly always presumes some greenery mediating between city and home. In Beirut, public parks and gardens are few and far between, but concrete high-rises spill over with terrace gardens and local flower shops stay open deep into the night.

“Arts Floraux” takes off from this botanical impulse, presenting still-life arrangements with flowers and various found vessels and objects. Included among these objects, and recalling the vanitas tradition of still-life paintings, will be a collection of cow bones discovered in a Lebanese meadow that have mysteriously anthropomorphic features. Arrangements will be presented in different sculptural configurations, primarily against backdrops made from awning-canvas.

“Wildflowers”
In conjunction with “Arts Floraux”, artist Rachel Hines will perform “Wildflowers” – a drawing session that will culminate from a walk through the neighborhood in search for wild flowers. Participants will wander through the neighborhood with the artist, gathering flowers, and encountering the space through collaborative aesthetics.

The action will begin at 11 am on Saturday, April 3nd, initiating from 98weeks, meandering throughout the streets and returning back to the “Art Floraux” exhibition space. Here the participants will arrange and draw from the flowers assembled after the walk. All are welcome, but space is limited. Please email rachelahines@gmail.com if interested.

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BIOS

Colin Whitaker (American, 1980) is a filmmaker and artist currently working in Beirut. He studied film at New York University and has exhibited at the P.S. 1 Clocktower in New York, Evas Arche und der Feminist in New York, and at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. He participated in the Fall 2009 workshop with 98Weeks investigating the Mar Mikhail neighborhood of Beirut.

Peter Currie (American, 1985) studied art history at Columbia University in New York. He has contributed to a number of art publications as a writer, and has worked at contemporary art galleries in New York and Beirut.

Rachel Hines is an interdisciplinary artist working with themes revolving around absence, community, and intimacy. The work takes shape in performances, actions, objects, paintings and drawings. Ms. Hines studied at Pratt Institute, NY where she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. Hines has shown extensively throughout the U.S. including recent exhibitions at Electric Celluloid Film Festival, MI, NutureArt, NY and the Patchogue Biennial, NY.

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98WEEKS PROJECT SPACE IS LOCATED IN MAR MKHAEL EL NAHR, BEIRUT, BEFORE JISR EL HADID, FACING SPOILER CENTER, CHALHOUB BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR. OPENING HOURS:
MONDAY – SATURDAY: 3pm – 7pm.
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT: 03/417321 or 70803522

Email: mirenearsanios@gmail.com, marwaarsanios@hotmail.com
Blog: http://98weeks.blogspot.com
Website:www.98weeks.org

Reminders

In Fine Arts on March 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

TUESDAY
THE DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS AND ART HISTORY – American University of Beirut

Cordially invites you to a presentation by artist

Neville Assad-Salha

Neville Assad-Salha currently teaches Sculpture and Concept Art in the AUB Fine Arts & Art History Department. He works in clay, steel and bronze. He has exhibited widely throughout Australia, the U.S.A., Japan, and Asia. His work is in many of the State Galleries in Australia and he was the inaugural recipient of the prestigious ‘Colin and Cecily Rigg Award’ at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia.

TUESDAY MARCH 16, 2010
2 pm
NICELY 409

THURSDAY
American University of Beirut
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences

You are cordially invited to attend a presentation Entitled

“Freedom of Expression: How Cartoons and Animations Promote Social and Political Change”

By
Mr. Kevin (Kal) Kallaugher
The editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London
Date: March 18, 2010
Time: 3pm
Place: West Hall Auditorium A

Biography
Mr. Kallaugher has been the resident cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London since 1978.
His cartoons have appeared in over 100 publications worldwide, and he has won many prestigious awards for his work.
He has also worked in animation, producing short films and launching an animation company called “Kaltoons LLC” in 2007

FRIDAY
AUB VISITING ARTIST LECTURE, hosted by FAS / AUB by Lamia Joreige.
Joreige studied cinema and painting at Rhode Island School of Design, USA from which she graduated with a BFA in 1995. Her work consists of films, installations, paintings and objects. Ms. Joreige currently lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon and is co-founder of the Beirut Art Center.
FRIDAY MARCH 19th
NICELY HALL
ROOM 409,
4-5pm
All are welcome!

NEXT FRIDAY
AUB LECTURE OF SPECIAL GUEST FROM ABROAD, hosted by FAS / AUB
by Heiner Goebbels
Friday, March 26th 2010, 6pm Batish / West Hall ,AUB
“the fascination of absence – contemporary strategies in performing arts”

Composer and director Heiner Goebbels develops in this lecture (with video examples of his music theatre works)
how the classical concept of drama – focusing on psychological conflicts between representative figures on stage –
is being replaced by a drama of the media / a drama of perception for the spectator. Conflicts between the separated
elements, between music and literature, body and voice, listening and seeing etc. stand for the artistic development
towards a theatre as experience – beyond linear narrativity and beyond the conventional concept of presence and intensity.

About Heiner Goebbels: The composer and director Heiner Goebbels belongs to the most important
exponents of the contemporary music and theatre scene. His compositions for ensembles and big orchestras are
currently performed worldwide as well as several of his music theatre works and staged concerts.

Heiner Goebbels works as a professor at the » Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen
(Germany) and is President of the » Theatre Academy Hessen. for more information: http://www.heinergoebbels.com