April 22, 2011 - Meeting Points - Locus Agonistes: Practices and Logics of the Civic
April 22, 2011

Locus Agonistes: Practices and Logics of the Civic

Basim Magdy, “A Film About The Way Things Are,” 2010.
Film still.

Meeting Points 6
Locus Agonistes: Practices and Logics of the Civic

Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
28 April–7 May 2011

Opening:
Wednesday 27 April, from 6pm–9pmwww.meetingpoints.org

Young Arab Theatre Fund is pleased to announce the opening program of Meeting Points 6, a biennial event comprising contemporary art, film, theater, dance, and performance which will open at the Beirut Art Center, Lebanon from April 27 to May 7.

Curated by Okwui Enwezor, and organized by the Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF), in collaboration with regional and international partners the project of Meeting Points 6 will take place across eight historic cities in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe over a one year period between April 2011 and March 2012.

Locus Agonistes: Practices and Logics of the Civic, the principal conceptual enquiry of Meeting Points 6, responds 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. Within this context, artistic practices and their critical logics provide opportunities for constructing and constituting models of civitas, which in turn induce fresh demands for emancipatory and civic techniques. Such techniques not only advocate the obviation of the simplistic dichotomy between progressivist assumptions of political forums and the seemingly conservative institutions of national cultures that oppose them, they also take to task certain strategies of activism around which so-called radical practices have been traditionally perceived within institutional settings.

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 project shaped by processes of unraveling, as well as conjunctions. A network of unfolding actions, interactions, aesthetic proposals, performances, and public responses by artists, choreographers, dancers, playwrights, filmmakers, and performers constitutes its immediate forms of enunciation. 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 geo-political 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.

Comprised of new commissions and existing works, the project presents installation, photography, sound, video, film, performance and choreography.

Over the coming months, Meeting Points 6 will present updates of the development of the project as it continues to unfold.

Please note that MP6 flashpoint 1 in Syria has been postponed.

List of artists exhibiting over the course of Meeting Points 6:

- Adel ABDESSEMED
- Jumana EMIL ABBOUD
- Omar ABU SAADA
- Saâdane AFIF
- Mohammad AL ATTAR
- Doa ALY
- Omar AMIRALAY
- Tarek ATOUI
- Sammy BALOJI
- Tony CHAKAR
- Stan DOUGLAS
- Hafiz DHAOU & Aicha M’BAREK
- Ahmed EL ATTAR
- Mounir FATMI
- Oussama GHANAM
- Fakhri EL GHEZAL
- Joana HADJITHOMAS & Khalil JOREIGE
- David HARE
- Mona HATOUM
- Samah HIJAWI
- Lamia JOREIGE
- Bouchra KHALILI
- Sandra MADI
- Basim MAGDY
- Rima MAROUN
- Radhouane EL MEDDEB
- Selma & Sofiane OUISSI
- Omar RAJEH
- Tino SEHGAL
- Laila SOLIMAN
- Jalal TOUFIC

At Beirut Art Center, Meeting Points 6 will feature, in addition to the exhibition, a series of back-to-back performances, readings, talks, contemporary dance solos and discussions. Audiences are invited to live and experience creative production with local, regional, and international artists and thinkers throughout the opening and the first three days.

Performance schedule
Beirut Art Center

April 27, 2011, 6 to 8 pm
Mona Hatoum – London
Radhouane El Meddeb – Tunis/Paris
Omar Rajeh – Beirut
Hafiz Dhaou and Aicha M’barek – Tunis/Lyon
Selma and Sofiane Ouissi – Tunis/Paris
Tarek Atoui – Beirut
Tino Sehgal – Berlin

April 28, 2011, 2 to 8 pm
Tony Chakar – Beirut
Radhouane El Meddeb – Tunis/Paris
Omar Abu Saada – Damascus
Hafiz Dhaou and Aicha M’barek – Tunis/Lyon
Selma and Sofiane Ouissi – Tunis/Paris
Ahmed El Attar reading from “Wall” by David Hare – Cairo
Tino Sehgal – Berlin

April 29, 2011, 2 to 8 pm
Hafiz Dhaou and Aicha M’barek – Tunis/Lyon
Oussama Ghanam – Damascus
Omar Rajeh – Beirut
Mohammad Al Attar – Damascus
Radhouane El Meddeb – Tunis/Paris
Samah Hijawi – Amman
Selma and Sofiane Ouissi – Tunis/Paris
Tino Sehgal – Berlin

April 30, 2011, 2 to 8 pm
Omar Amiralay – Damascus
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige – Beirut/Paris
Lamia Joreige – Beirut
Laila Soliman – Cairo
Tino Sehgal – Berlin

Additional cities and partners:

Amman
in collaboration with:
MAKAN
May 2–4, 2011

Cairo
in collaboration with:
Townhouse Gallery
September 2011

Brussels
in collaboration with:
Argos Centre for Art and Media
Oct 1–Dec 4, 2011
and
KVS Royal Flemish Theatre
Nov 29–Dec 3, 2011

Athens
in collaboration with:
Onassis Cultural Centre
March 2012

Funders:

Anna Lindh Foundation
British Council
Ford Foundation
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Flemish Authority
European Cultural Foundation

Contact:
Young Arab Theatre Fund
98, rue Antoine Dansaert
1000 Brussels

Belgium

Tel.: +32 251 39 259
info@yatfund.org
www.yatfund.org
www.meetingpoints.org

Press Contact:
Markus Müller
Bureau Mueller
Alte Schönhauser Straße 35
10119 Berlin
Tel.: +49 – 30 – 20188432, Fax: +49 – 30 – 20188575
bureau@bureaumueller.com

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