“Setups / Situations / Institutions”

“Setups / Situations / Institutions”

Ashkal Alwan

Janah Hilweh, Untitled, 1946. Courtesy MAKB.
February 19, 2014
“Setups / Situations / Institutions”

Ashkal Alwan
Jisr al Wati
Street 90, Building 110, 1st Floor
Beirut 2066-8421

T +961 1 423879
[email protected]


Home Workspace Program (HWP) is pleased to announce the call for applications to its fourth edition, HWP 2014–15: Setups / Situations / Institutions

Over the past decade, the Middle East/North Africa/South Asia (MENASA) region has born witness to the accelerated building of a new infrastructure for the arts: museums, screening rooms, commercial art galleries, art centers, festivals, biennials, art schools, residencies, magazines, prizes, and fairs are flourishing in cities such as Beirut, Ramallah, Istanbul, Mumbai, Cairo, Doha, and Abu Dhabi among others. This new infrastructure presents sometimes new, but mostly familiar, modes of making and experiencing culture. It is important to note that this new infrastructure leans on (and, at times, expands, complements and/or hijacks) rich experiments undertaken in the 1990s in the region, experiments that developed and implemented collective historical and fictional cultural initiatives (archives, foundations, festivals, workshops, study centers, magazines, journals, reading groups, among others).

The workshops will engage the aesthetic, philosophical, ideological, economic, historical, and political dimensions of various institutions, setups, and situations created by artists, writers, curators, film and video makers, and others in the region and elsewhere in the past few decades. They will also function as laboratories to explore new concepts, gestures, sounds, forms and mechanisms that can lead us to imagine, create and form the kinds of situations, setups, and institutions attuned to the fertile yet thorny grounds on which we stand.

The HWP 2014–2015 is conceived and organized by HWP Curriculum Committee members Joana Hadjithomas, Walid Raad, Khalil Rabah, Lina Saneh, and Gregory Sholette, who take on the role of Resident Professors for the year, alongside invited Resident Professors Tania Bruguera, Khalil Joreige, and WHW (What, How & for Whom).

The year begins with a four-week Prefacea series of encounters with artists, writers, curators, film and video makers, historians, architects, activists, politicians, scientists and others living and working in Lebanon led by Hadjithomas and Saneh. The Preface is followed by six two-week workshops led by Bruguera, Joreige, Raad, Rabah, Sholette, and WHW, which also includes a number of speakers from Lebanon and elsewhere. A seventh and last workshop will be organized by HWP enrolled participants. The first half of each workshop is open to the public (by registration), while the second half is open to HWP enrolled participants only.

For more information on the HWP 2014–15 and a description of workshops, click here.

About HWP
The HWP is an interdisciplinary arts study program launched by Ashkal Alwan in 2011. Based in Beirut, the program targets artists and other cultural practitioners who wish to develop their formal, historical, and critical skills and practice within a supportive infrastructure and network of resources. The curriculum consists of workshops/seminars, group critiques, and one-on-one encounters with the Resident Professors and other invited artists, writers, thinkers, filmmakers, curators, etc.

Tuition & admissions
Merit-based scholarships, provided by HWP, cover the tuition of every admitted participant. Participants are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation, and living expenses. For HWP 2014–15, the admissions committee will select a group of full-time enrolled participants from the applications received.

For more information on the HWP and how to apply, click here.

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