February 16, 2008 - Bidoun - Issue 13, GLORY, now in stores
February 16, 2008

Issue 13, GLORY, now in stores

Bidoun’s spring issue is devoted to GLORY.

Glory is:
To be talked about.
To be overwhelmed.
To be touched by the hand of God,
or possessed by infernal ambitions.
To aspire to greatness.
To go too far.
To live forever,
or to go out with a bang.


In this issue, Issandr El Amrani charts the life and death and afterlife of Souffles, an avant-garde journal of 1960s Morocco, in which a generation of North African intellectuals found and then lost a place they could call home. Z Pamela Karimi and Michael C Vazquez consider the contested glories of Persian Empire and Islamic Republic in the history of a single building in downtown Tehran. Sophia Al-Maria describes the phantasmagoric spectacle of the women’s tent at a Qatari wedding feast, while Gary Dauphin ponders the occult chemistry of listening to hip hop and house music as a teenager on the outskirts of New York in
the 1980s.

In the music section, Sukhdev Sandhu revisits the legacy of Mingering Mike–simply the most important soul superstar you’ve never ever heard–while Elias Muhanna writes of Julia Boutros, sometime-muse of Hassan Nasrallah. In the film section, Bruce Hainley converses with cult film auteur William E Jones about his hypnotic filmmaking, the documentary impulse, and the lessons of the 1970s pornography.

In the arts, Tom Morton profiles Saâdane Afif, Dominic Eichler sits down with Shahryar Nashat’s latest project, and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie casts an eye to Ziad Antar’s current video in progress. And we have the usual installment of columns on travel, museums, and curatorial practice. Exhibition reviews include: Istanbul Biennial/Jean-Luc Moulène/Stalking with Stories at Apex Art/How Nancy Wished It Was All An April Fool’s Joke/Shirana Shahbazi/Contour/VideoBrasil/Port City at Arnolfini/summer show at the Dubai Community Theater and Arts Center/London is the Place for Me at Rivington Place/The FM Ferry Experiment/
Riwaq Bienniale.

And finally, this issue boasts two new departments. Ephemera captures all manner of pettifoggery, whether ridiculous or sublime, while the Glossary provides a wealth of tall tales and minutiae–the stuff of legend.

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