NOV 25
The Young Man Was (Part 1: United Red Army)
a work in progress, Naeem Mohaiemen, 67 minutes, 2011
Starts 6PM. The film will be followed by a skype conversation with the artist

On September 28th 1977, JAL 472 lands in Dhaka. Later, the lead negotiator explains that they had to allow the landing, because the pilot said he was running out of fuel.

The film pivots off the audio transcripts of negotiations over the next five days. Shumon Basar wrote in Tank: “the crackly voices of these two strangers hurled into a forced, awkward intimacy… the tone with which they started their discussion was peculiarly polite, until the accord between ransom and reason reached breaking point.” The film is part of a long-form research project since 2006, which looks at the 1970s ultra-left.

Naeem Mohaiemen works in Dhaka and New York, using essays, photography, and film to explore histories of the global left and utopia projects. His work has shown at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Experimenter Kolkata, New Museum (New York), Frieze (London), Sharjah Biennial, MUAC (Mexico City), and Whitney Biennial of American Art (as member of Visible Collective). He is editor of Chittagong Hill Tracts in the Blind Spot of Bangladesh Nationalism (Drishtipat Writers Collective) and co-editor of System Error: War is a force that gives us meaning (w/ Lorenzo Fusi, Silvana). His essays include “Islamic Roots of Hip-Hop” (Sound Unbound, MIT Press), “Flying Blind: waiting for a real reckoning on 1971” (EPW, India), “Beirut, Silver Porsche Illusion” (Men of the Global South, Zed Books), “Asterix and the Big Fight” (Apex Art Journal) and “Mujtaba Ali: Amphibian Man” (Rest of Now, Manifesta Biennial). []

DEC 10

Nesrine Khodr

Screening of short interviews with local designers and gastronomes featured in the weekly cultural TV magazine Lamasat. This is an opportunity to see the work of some of the most vibrant artists working today in Beirut in the fields of design and good food!

The screening will be a selection of reportages ranging between six to eight minutes with a pause filled with gourmet bites. The topics will be presented by Nesrine Khodr, an artist and filmmaker living and working in Beirut, and who has been the executive producer and supervising director of the program since its inception in 2008.


9:30 PM

SPARKLE, SPELLBIND, AND SOAR at Theater of Desire Cabaret!

If you would like to perform, please respond to this message. Anything and everything and all languages are possible!

Singles, partners, amateurs, professionals, trios, minstrels, actors, poets, playwrights, puppeteers, all are welcome! The stage is open!


Joep van Lieshout (Atelier Van Lieshout)
6:30 PM

Joep van Lieshout will present his work, with a focus on the following interlinked subjects: free state Rotterdam, new industrial revolution, new tribal organization and Slave City agriculture. Recurring themes in the work of Atelier Van Lieshout are autarky, power, politics, and the more classical themes of life and death. Recent works reflect on the possible end of civilization as we know it. In our extremely advanced and complex society over-consumption and limited raw materials play a crucial role. Once supplies are exhausted, society will see a harshening of relations between people and increased survival instinct, changes which will lead to an emergence of various new cultures in the near future.

Joep van Lieshout (1963, Ravenstein) lives and works in Rotterdam. Since the early eighties he produces objects in - mainly - bright coloured polyester, the material that would become his trademark in subsequent years. In 1995 he founded Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL), undermining the myth of the individual artistic genius. Atelier Van Lieshout has attained international recognition for objects that balance on the boundary between art, architecture and design. These works of art are practical, uncomplicated and substantial.

Rohit Goel, “Unthinking Israel”
6 PM

In this talk, Rohit Goel shows how an either/or approach to ideas and institutions, evident in the debates on Israel’s disengagement from Gaza, has plagued scholarship on Jewish nationalism and Israeli state formation more generally. In contrast to this approach, he argues that ideas and institutions worked dialectically to make the Israeli nation-state in Palestine thinkable and thus practicable. Goel first engages abiding scholarly debates on Jewish nationalism, which hold fast to a rigid divide between ideational and materialist explanations of Israeli state formation. He then uses the prevailing academic literature on nations and nationalisms to develop a dialectical method for studying the Israeli case, the subject of the final part of the talk. There, he shows show how from the 1890’s to 1948, contentious debate on the questions of whether the modern Jewish nation exists, what that existence entails and where it should exist, and finally how it ought to organize politically, worked dialectically with institutional practices to form the Israeli nation-state. To conclude, he emphasizes how liberal ideological contention, rather than oft-assumed coherence, has functioned to sustain Jewish nationalism and shore up Israeli state formation in Palestine over time. As a result, only a radical, anti-liberal critique of Israeli nationalism will work to solve the “question of Palestine.”

Rohit Goel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, War and Peace in Lebanon, shows how civil violence and multicultural tolerance have sustained one another over time in Lebanon, a dialectical relation that has shored up the Lebanese nation-state. He received an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2006 and, as Harvard University’s Paul Williams Fellow to Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, an MPhil in Social and Political Relations in 2003. He graduated with a BA in Social Studies from Harvard College in 2002.