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FAAH Presents Artists Talks: Mirene Arsanios

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on May 19, 2010 at 5:49 am

THE DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS AND ART HISTORY

American University of Beirut

Cordially invites you to a presentation by artist

Mirene Arsanios

         


"To be discussed: Some points on art education"
 
 
Mirene 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.

 

FRIDAY May 21st, 2010

4 pm

NICELY 409

REMINDERS! AUB EVENTS tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts, Theater on May 6, 2010 at 10:59 am

AUB Spring Play Production

The FAAH Spring Theater Production this year will be an evening built around the theme of ‘Fanaticism is Alive and Well.’ The text is a recent play entitled Exit Running-Right by Tony Layton. Events of the Cromwell ‘Revolution’ in England are dramatized, providing a tragi-comic ground for “fanatics of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but the planet!”

Performances are May 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 pm,
and May 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 8:30 pm
 

West Hall ,Bathish Auditorium
Running time is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
Entrance is free of charge.

Reservations may be made by calling extension 4350 during AUB office hours. Production is by FAAH Theater team : Peter Shebay’a, Adoni Maalouf, David Kurani, and CVSP’s Hani Hassan. Set Design is by FAAH’s Cornelia Krafft. We would very much appreciate your presence to encourage and enjoy the efforts of around 50 students, as well as the faculty involved. Please spread the word as our publicity budget is modest!

FAAH PRESENTS
ARTIST SCREENING:

Samar Kanafani
FRIDAY
3PM – Nicely Hall 409

Samar Kanafani is a part-time instructor of anthropology at AUB and a researcher living in Beirut. Her short videos include ‘Street-play’ (2001), about children negotiating play-spaces in a congested Beirut neighborhood; ‘Mounzer’ (2003), on Palestinian exile, masculinity and the injured male body; and ‘A Day from Home’ (2009), on un-belonging

and allegories of pregnancy. She’s interested in national imaginaries, migration, gender, the body, and representations of quotidian living. She’s the mother of two.

‘A Day from Home’ (video, 15min, Arabic, English Subtitles): Our commitment to dwelling in our home/nation is bound to the

persistent possibility of us abandoning it. How does one construct a life here – in Lebanon – even as one recognizes that it might, at any moment, be violently interrupted? Using pregnancy as allegory, this  video approaches the uneasy relationship between an individual desiring a modicum of belongingness and an elusive nation. The impossibility of a perfect fit between the two prods a reconsideration of the passion that binds the ‘self’ to the nation as ‘home’.

AND

FAAH PRESENTS
ARTIST TALK:
FRIDAY
Ashkan Sepahvand
4PM – Nicely Hall 409

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.

Conférence sur Walid Raad Jeudi 6 Mai a 18h.

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on May 5, 2010 at 8:32 am

Hello,

I will be “responding” to a talk with Stefanie Baumann on Walid Raad. The talk will be held at l’Ifpo Beyrouth (Espace des Lettres, rue de
Damas), bâtiment G, salle de réunion, 1er étage.)
All are welcome, but it’s in french. More info in the mail below
bests
Mirene
Bonjour,
pour ceux qui sont intéressés: le jeudi 6 mai, je donnerai une petite conférence ouverte à tous dans le cadre du séminaire doctorale à l’IFPO (sur le campus du Centre Culturel Français), à 18h. Je parlerai de mes recherches qui portent sur le projet “The Atlas Group Archive” de l’artiste libanais Walid Raad (1989-2004). Mirène Arsanios viendra discuter sa présentation, dont voici un résumé :

 « L’Atlas Group (www.theatlasgroup.org) est dédié à la recherche et
la compilation de documents sur l´histoire contemporaine libanaise.
L´Atlas Group produit, localise, conserve et étudie des documents
visuels, sonores, textuels et autres, qui mettent en lumière
l´histoire actuelle du Liban »
Ce projet est ainsi présenté comme une fondation qui génère des
archives historiques, qui collecte des traces relevant de la guerre au
Liban. Cependant, ses matériaux sont produits par l´artiste ;
l´archive est imaginaire, les documents et récits sont inventés, tel
que le Docteur Fakhouri, un des personnages principaux. Selon Walid
Raad, les événements dont témoignent les archives de l´Atlas Group
auraient très bien pu avoir lieu : « Il est aussi important pour nous
de noter que la vérité des documents que nous cherchons ne dépend pas
uniquement de leur exactitude factuelle. Nous sommes confrontés avec
des faits, mais nous ne considérons pas des faits comme des objets
évidents qui seraient déjà présents dans le monde. Une des questions
que nous nous posons est : comment approchons-nous des faits non pasdans leur factualité brute, mais à travers des médiations toujours
compliquées par lesquelles ils acquièrent leur immédiateté ? ». De
quelle histoire est-il question ici ? Quelles connaissances sont
visées à travers ces déplacements des concepts et des lieux ?

La discutante, Mirène Arsanios est titulaire d’un master en
contemporary art theory au Goldsmith college à Londres. Avec Marwa
Arsanios, elle a crée en 2007 à Beyrouth, “98 weeks”, une organisation
artistique dédiée à la recherche, ainsi qu’un lieu d’exposition.
Actuellement, elle enseigne à l’American University of Beirut.

La séances auront lieu à l’Ifpo Beyrouth (Espace des Lettres, rue de
Damas), bâtiment G, salle de réunion, 1er étage.
A bientôt
Stefanie

Today

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on April 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm
  • 4pm — Dance Performance | Monnot Theatre I Have Come | Gaspard Delanoë & Yalda Younes
  • · 4pm AUB Presents Artist Talks: Rima Charour, Nicely Hall 409
  • 5 pm Meet Mathilde Monnier A Talk between Mathilde Monnier and Ghassan Salhab 
Friday 23rd of April Al-Madina Theatre
  • 6pm — Lecture | Monnot Theatre A Rift in Time, Travels of My Ottoman Uncle: A Book Presentation | Raja Shehadeh
  • 8pm — Of (Reticent) Longing for the 1960s  | Farouk Mardam-Bey Music and Video Performance | Roman Baths
  • 8.30 pm pavlova 3’23″
MATHILDE MONNIER (France) Thursday 22nd – Friday 23rd of April Al-Madina Theatre – BIPOD Dance performance
  • 10pm — Dance Performance | Roman Baths

Updated Visiting Artist Series

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on April 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm

TOMORROW:
Friday, April 23rd Rima Charour – 4pm Nicely Hall 409

NEXT WEEK:
Friday, April 30th Vartan Avakian – 4pm Nicely Hall 409

MAY:
Friday, May 7th Samar Kanafani – Film Screening – 3pm Nicely Hall 409
Friday, May 7th Ashkan Sepahvand – 4pm Nicely Hall 409

Friday, May 14th Mirene Arsanios – 4pm Nicely Hall 409

Lecture: Research Problems in an Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on April 19, 2010 at 10:52 am

We hope you will join us for this week’s Brown Bag Series at CBR to engage Dr. Laura Marks in her talk on “Research Problems in an Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art.”

As usual, we will offer a light snack.
Please join us in 203 Nicely this Wednesday (21) at 1:30 pm.

Dr. Laura U. Marks is a writer and a curator of artists’ media. She is the author of The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (2000), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory  Media (2002), and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (2010), which she began research on while a visiting scholar in the Center for Behavioral Research in 2002. She has curated experimental media for festivals and art spaces worldwide. Dr. Marks is the Dena Wosk University Professor in Art and Culture Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.www.sfu.ca/~lmarks

98weeks Exhibition Opening

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on April 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

Bidoun Library at 98weeks Project Space
17 April- 15 May

Join us for the opening of the Bidoun Library
Saturday April 17 at 5pm, with readings by Bidoun contributing editors and writers, Shumon Basar, Wael Lazkani, and more, plus a conversation with the comic’s collective Samandal

The Bidoun Library & Project Space is a collection of artists’ books, magazines, journals, monographs, exhibition catalogues, rare books and related ephemera mapping contemporary art practices and the evolution of various arts scenes in and around the Middle East.

98weeks Project Space Address
Ground Floor, Chalhoub Building, Off Nahr Street, Facing Spoiler Center, Before Jisr Hadid, Mar Mikhael. Open daily from 3 to 7 pm.

More information on the project in the attached file.

Visiting Artists talk about their work and process

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on April 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

—–THIS week—–

//// WALID SADEK ////
AUB Visiting Artist Lecture
Thursday, April 8th
1-2pm
Nicely Hall room 409

Possibly a preamble, in retrospect

Walid Sadek shares some of the texts and images of his search for a place at last.

//// MARWA ARSANIOS ////
AUB Visiting Artist Lecture
Friday, April 9th
4-5pm
Nicely Hall room 409

—–coming soon—–

//// BETH STRYKER ////
AUB Visiting Artist Lecture
Friday, April 16th
4-5pm
Nicely Hall room 409

//// Vartan Avakian ////
AUB Visiting Artist Lecture
Friday, April 30th
4-5pm
Nicely Hall room 409

//// Ashkan Sepahvand ////
AUB Visiting Artist Lecture
Friday, May 7th
4-5pm
Nicely Hall room 409

//// Mirene Arsanios ////
AUB Visiting Artist Lecture
Friday, May 14th
4-5pm
Nicely Hall room 409

Home Works V – Ashkal Alwan, beginning April 21st!

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts, Music, Theater on April 6, 2010 at 8:40 am

Home Works V:
A Forum on Cultural Practices

Wednesday, April 21st

Dance Performance: Israel Galvan, “Solo”, 9 pm PREMIER EVENT
Thursday, April 22nd

Exhibition openings at Beirut Art Center, 3 pm
Launch of Ashkal Alwan for Contemporary Arts and The Home Works Academy & Cocktail, 5 pm
Exhibition openings at the Home Works Academy, 6 pm
Dance Performance: Yalda Younes, “I Have Come”, 10 pm
Friday, April 23rd

Project organized by Ashkan Sepahvand at the National Museum of Beirut, “Other than someone, there was no one”, 11 am
Dance Performance: Yalda Younes, “I Have Come”, 5 pm repeat
Lecture: Raja Shehadeh, “A Rift in Time, Travels of my Ottoman Uncle: A Book Presentation”, 6 pm
Lecture: Farouk Mardam Bey, 8 pm on the odd years
Music and Video Performance: Daniele Camarda, Jacopo Carreras, Raed El Khazen, Lana Daher, Jana Saleh, “Primal Spheres in a Brave New World”, 10 pm
Saturday, April 24th

Panel: “Where is Beirut, Ramallah, Cairo… From the Saadiyat Island”: Walid Raad moderator, Vasif Kortun, Andrew Ross, Shumon Basar, Nada Shabout, Mishaal Al Gergawi,
1st part: 11 am
2nd part: 4 pm
Lecture & Book launch: Fadi Toufiq, “The New Killer”, 7:30 pm
Workshop and Colloquium with pad.ma“Don’t Wait for the Archive: Archiving Practices and Futures of the Image”, 4:30 pm
Film Screening & Panel: “A Season Outside”/”Zones of Conflict” part 1: T.J. Demos moderator, Amar Kanwar & Faisal Devji, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 25th

Lecture: Nizar Saghieh, “Beyond Communitarianism: What Captures the City’s Heart”, 12:30 pm
Panel: “In and Out of Education” part 1: Reem Fadda moderator, Anton Vidokle, Klaus Knoll/Cella, Clare Davis, 3 pm
Lecture: Thomas Keenan, “A language that needs no translation – on war as a form of discourse”, 6 pm
Lecture: Ali Fayyad, 8 pm
Music performance, Darbuka & Dehollo: Misirli Ahmet, 10 pm
Monday, April 26th

Artist Project: Tony Chakar, “The Sky Over Beirut: Walking Tours of the City”, 11 am
Lecture: Ayse Gul Altinay, 6 pm on militarism
Panel: “In and Out of Education” part 2: Walid Sadek moderator, Okwui Enwezor, Alessandro Petti/Sandi Hilal, 8 pm
Tuesday, April 27th

Project organized by Ashkan Sepahvand at the National Museum of Beirut, “Other than someone, there was no one”, 11 am repeat
Artist Project: Tony Chakar, “The Sky Over Beirut: Walking Tours of the City”, 6 pm repeat
Lecture: Jalal Toufic, “Don’t Go to Hell for the Sake of Finishing Watching the Film”, 6 pm as part of “In and Out of Education”
Panel: “In and Out of Education” part 3: Gregory Sholette moderator, Yazid Anani, Judi Wertein, Charles Esche, 7 pm
Performance: “Photo-Romance”: Rabih Mroue & Lina Saneh, with Charbel Haber, 10 pm
Wednesday, April 28th

Artist Project: Tony Chakar, “The Sky Over Beirut: Walking Tours of the City”, 11 am repeat
Performance: “Photo-Romance”: Rabih Mroue & Lina Saneh, with Charbel Haber, 5 pm repeat
Film Screening & panel: “November”/”Zones of Conflict” part 2: Hito Steyerl & T.J. Demos, 6 pm
Performance: Boris Charmatz dance, Mederic Collignon pocket trumpet, voice, “Improvisation”, 8 pm
Thursday, April 29th

Artist Project: Tony Chakar, “The Sky Over Beirut: Walking Tours of the City”, 6 pm repeat
Artist Presentation: Hiwa K, “As if an Arts School”, 6 pm
Talk: Kodwo Eschun & Steve Goodman, 7:30 pm on sound & citizenry
Performance: Antonia Baehr, “Laugh”, 10 pm
Friday, April 30th

Artist Project: Tony Chakar, “The Sky Over Beirut: Walking Tours of the City”, 11 am repeat
Performance: Antonia Baehr, “Laugh”, 5 pm repeat
Lecture: Mohammed Soueid, “The Loneliness of Dust”, 6 pm
Performance: The Otolith Group, “Communists Like Us”, 8 pm
Film Screening: Harun Farocki, “Immersion”, 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 1st

Lecture: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 11 am on sound & citizenry
Project organized by Ashkan Sepahvand at the National Museum of Beirut, “Other than someone, there was no one”, 1 pm repeat
Artist Talk: Setareh Shahbazi, “Reverse Diary The Secret of atmospheric Pictures III”, 3 pm
Lecture: Youssef Tohme, 5 pm on sound & citizenry
Artist Project: Tony Chakar, “The Sky Over Beirut: Walking Tours of the City”, 6 pm repeat
Lecture: Abbas Beydoun, 7 pm on odd years
Music Performance: Rima Khcheich & Rabih Mroue, “A Minute Late”, 9:30 pm

Exhibitions:

Ruanne Abou- Rahme and Basel Abbas
Tala al-Kazafi
Ayreen Anastas
Marwa Arsanios
Vartan Avakian
Broomberg & Chanarian
Decolonizing Architecture
Cevdet Erek
Shahab Fotouhi
Ghassan Helwani
Amal Issa
Bengu Karaduman
Hassan Khan
Maha Maamoun
Christodoulos Panayiotou
Marwan Rechmaoui
Raed Yassin
Ala Younis
Publication Projects:

Rayya Badran
Fadi Abdallah

Please note that the above list is subject to minor changes.
Our screening program will follow soon.

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