98Weeks Past Events - 2015

Archive 2015

KNIPSU & THE SYRIAN CULTURAL CARAVAN
29 May - 1 June, 2015
Bergen, Norway
98WEEKS was invited to take part in a series of events organized by KNIPSU, artist-run initiative from Bergen, and the Syrian Cultural Caravan, gathering art professionals from Syria, Lebanon and Europe to exhibit Syrian art and culture in public and to discuss the mutual effect of art and society.
Participants: Ahmad Kaddour, Akram Al Halabi, Ali Kaaf, Amanda Abi Khalil, Amélie Duhamel, Amjad Wardeh, Ammar Abd Rabbo, Andrea Lange, Assem Al Bacha, Bahram Hajou, Dino Ahmad Ali, Dona Timani/98Weeks, Emad Mustafa, Eyas al Mokdad, Firas Jabakhanji, Iman Hasbani, Jaber Al Azmeh, Khaled al Jaramani, Khaled Al Khani, Khaled Takreti, Khouloud Al Zghayare, Kjetil Selvik, Mey Sefan, Meyar al Roumi, Mohamad al Roumi, Mohamad Omran, Mohanad Aljaramani, Monif Ajaj, Muzaffar Salman, Nayssam Jalal, Omar Nicolas, Shada Safadi, Tammam Azzam, Walid el Masri, Walaa Dakak, Yaser Safi

Curated by Maya Økland, Wiam Alaridi and Mohamad al Roumi

KNIPSU is an artist-run initiative from Bergen, Norway that functions as a nomadic art space. It provides an interdisciplinary meeting point for artists across national borders, producing exhibitions, events, screenings, concerts, workshops and publications. It is run within the framework of collaboration and DIY by artists Hilde Jørgensen and Maya Økland since August 2010. KNIPSU is generously supported by the Norwegian Arts Council and Bergen City.
The “Syrian Association for Cultural Support” is an artistic work that came up as a result of the encounter “On Lost and Mutable Things”, curated by Omar Nicolas. That encounter gathered eight Syrian artists and cultural producers from inside and outside of Syria. It took place last September at the Mansion art space in Beirut, Lebanon. The association is concerned with questions about cultural identities during times of crisis, the relation of arts and politics and of artists and institutions. The work of the association focuses on the current artistic practices of Syrian artists and cultural producers and how these practices are getting established within the local and global art and cultural context. The association releases itself from being an actual association. Instead it travels as a space, an application, slogan, a performance, a newspaper, a film and an intervention.
For further details on the program, please visit: http://knipsu.no/cultural-caravan/


OPEN CALL: Reading Group  
Like a Thief in the Night: The Uneasy Encounter with Islamic Feminism
Co-Organized by 98Weeks and Dima Hamadeh as part of Beirut Art Center's roundtable program during the "Unfinished Conversations" exhibition
29 April 2015
98Weeks @ Beirut Art Center

The talk will be in Arabic with Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini's intervention in English. Translation will be available for non-Arabic speakers.

Divorce Iranian Style (1998), directed by Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir-Hosseini. video still

Reading Group:
29 April 2015; 4 - 7 pm

Roundtable With Lawyer Nayla Geagea, Dr. Ayat Noureddine & Dr. Ziba Mir Hosseini (via Skype) 
29 April 2015; 8 pm

As part of the third research project by 98weeks titled “feminisms”, Beirut Art Center will host a roundtable, co-organised with 98weeks and Dima Hamadeh, that invites a discussion around the relation between feminism and Islam. While Islam is variably one of the most enduring and active cultural, political and legislative constituents in defining the social and legal positions of women in the region, trends in Islamic feminism have in the past few decades presented a view about solving women’s problems that would necessitate a reform in the Islamic institution instead of totally denouncing it. This event will involve a closed reading group that will analyse a text chosen from one of the major figures of Islamic Feminism (Dr Ziba Mir Hosseini).

In the evening, Beirut Art Center will host a public conversation that will place the question of women’s rights in Lebanon within the theoretical, linguistic and legal argumentation of Islamic feminists as well as from the point of view of legal activists in secular organizations working on changing laws of nationality, domestic violence and others such as divorce and child custody.

In the 1970’s, when feminism emerged in the Birmingham Center for Cultural Studies (BCCS), Stuart Hall said: «Feminism had broken in like a thief in the night.» In one of the last interviews with him before his death, Hall admitted that he had committed a «serious mistake», yet, it was an indication. That terrible trip of the tongue, he confessed, would tell him: «When it comes to authority and power, you are not as transformed as you think you are or as you ought to be».

Is Islamic feminism met with a similar uneasiness today? Does the composite term designate an oxymoron as critics would have it or does this strand of feminism hold its legitimacy precisely on the grounds of confronting and engaging with Islamism as a political ideology and practice?

Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist, specializing in Islamic law, gender and development. She has a BA in Sociology from Tehran University (1974) and a PhD in Social Anthropology from University of Cambridge (1980). She is Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, University of London. Dr. Mir-Hosseini is a founding member of Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family.

To sign up for the reading group, please write to info@98weeks.net.

To access the reading:
Construction of Gender by Mir-Hosseini
مواطنة لا أنثى by Azza Shararah Baydun. 


دعوة مفتوحة: مجموعة قراءة
مثل لص تحت جنح الظلام: قلق النسوية الإسلامية
تنظيم "٩٨أسبوع" و ديما حمادة 
المكان: مركز بيروت للفن 
الموعد:الأربعاء ٢٩ أبريل ٢٠١٥
مجموعة قراءة
الأربعاء ٢٩ أبريل ٢٠١٥، من الساعة ٤ إلى ٧ مساءً
ندوة عامة: مع المحامية نايلة جعجع، الدكتورة آيات نور الدين، و الدكتورة زيبا مير حسيني (عبر Skype)
الأربعاء ٢٩ أبريل ٢٠١٥، الساعة ٨  مساءً

في إطار المشروع البحثى الثالث لـ"٩٨ أسبوع" بعنوان "نسويات،" يستضيف مركز بيروت للفن طاولة مستديرة بتنظيم مشترك مع "٩٨ أسبوع" و ديما حمادة تطرح النقاش حول العلاقة بين النسوية والإسلام. الإسلام أحد المكونات الأكثر حضوراً واستمرارية في تشكيل الثقافة وتحديد مسارات السياسة والتشريع التي تحدد موقع المرأة الاجتماعي في المنطقة. انطلاقاً من ذلك، برزت تيارات نسوية إسلامية في العقود المنصرمة تحمل رؤى وتوجهات من قبيل الدعوة إلى إيجاد حلول لمشاكل المرأة انطلاقاً من الإصلاح في المنظومة الإسلامية بدلاً من محاربتها بالكامل على مستوى العقيدة. يتضمن هذا الحدث مجموعة قراءة مغلقة تتداول نصوص مختارة لإحدى الشخصيات الرائدة في النسوية الإسلامية، الدكتورة زيبا مير حسيني.

وتتخلل فترة المساء ندوة عامة مفتوحة تطرح مسألة حقوق المرأة في لبنان في إطار المحاججة النظرية اللغوية الحقوقية للفكر النسوي الإسلامي كما من وجهة نظر المؤسسات الحقوقية المحلية التي تضع تحركاتها في سياق توجه علماني وتتناول على وجه الخصوص قضايا الجنسية والعنف الأسرى وأموراً أخرى كالطلاق والحضانة.
عندما دخل الفكر النسوي إلى مركز برمنغام للدراسات الثقافية في السبيعينات من القرن الماضى، قال ستيوارت هول: "النسوية اقتحمت كلص تحت جنح الظلام." وفي آخر مقابلاته قبيل وفاته، أقرّ هول بارتكابه خطأً بالغاً، وإنما ذا دلالة. "ذلة اللسان تلك كانت تقول لي أنه عندما يصل الأمر إلى الحديث عن السلطة، تجد آنك لم تتغير كما خيل إليك أو بقدر ما يجب."

وهل يمكن وصف القلق حيال النسوية الإسلامية كما عبر عنه هول في السبعينات؟ هل الحال أن النسوية الإسلامية ليست سوى تناقض لغوي دلالي أم أنها تكتسب شرعيتها تحديداً من خروجها لمواجهة الإسلامية والانخراط في محاورتها كإيديولوجيا وممارسة سياستين؟

للتسجيل في مجموعة القراءة، يرجى الكتابة إلى: info@98weeks.net

OPEN CALL
Benjamin Reading Seminars
With Sami Khatib, PhD.

Date: 21 March & 26 March & 4 April, 2015 
 

Location: 98Weeks @ Marra.tein
http://www.marratein.com/


Sami Khatib, PhD, will lead a reading group focusing on two main streams in Benjamin's writings: "History, Messianic Time, and Revolution," and "Language, Translatability, and Art." Participants will be encouraged to closely engage with the texts through group discussions.

Set readings for each session will be digitally provided to participants.

Attendance is by registration, and booking is essential as places are strictly limited. To sign up for the reading group, please write to info@98weeks.net

Full Schedule

History, Messianic Time, and Revolution
21 March & 4 April, 2015, 4 pm - 7 pm


“History, Messianic Time, and Revolution” is a series of intensive collective readings seminars discussing Walter Benjamin’s "Theses on the Concept of History" from 1940, the concept of a non-linear, non-progressivist historical time, and notions of tradition, collective memory, and historical consciousness.

For more info, visit: http://materialisttheology.blogspot.de/2012/09/walter-benjamin-seminar-at-jan-van-eyck.html

Further readings:
Article by Sami Khatib "The Messianic Without Messianism. Walter Benjamin's Materialist Theology", http://am.revues.org/159

Language, Translatability, and Art
Followed by a conversation with Haytham al-Wardani
26 March, 2015; 4 pm - 7 pm


“Language, Translatability and Art” is an intensive reading seminar discussing one of Walter Benjamin's most cryptic and esoteric essays, "On Language as Such and on the Language of Man" from 1916, and subsequently "The Task of the Translator" (1921). The aim of this stream is to grasp Benjamin's concept of the medium as linguistic mediacy and space of potentiality, which can be reproduced even technically – in art, language, and history. This stream will conclude with a reading from selected passages of Benjamin's most famous essay on "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility" (1935/36), focusing on translatability through technological reproducibility and discussing the difference between aestheticization and politicization.

The reading seminar will be followed by a conversation with writer Haytham al-Wardani on the task of the translator.

For more info, visit: http://materialisttheology.blogspot.de/2012/10/walter-benjamin-seminar-at-jan-van-eyck.html

Sami Khatib is a critical theory and Walter Benjamin scholar and former researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie. He is author of the book "'Telelogy Without End' Walter Benjamin's Dislocation of the Messianic."

Haytham al-Wardani is a Berlin-based Egyptian writer. His latest work is titled “How to Disappear.”


Hosted by Marra.tein
http://www.marratein.com/
Yousef Jbeli St. Gorgonian Bldg., 4th floor, Facing Azar Market,
Bayt Kata'ib Rmeil, Al-Rum Hospital, Ashrafieh, Beirut
Click here for Google map.


The Task of the Translator
A Conversation With Sami Khatib & Haytham al-Wardani

Date: 26 March 2015; 7 pm - 9 pm
Location: 98Weeks @ Marra.tein

98WEEKS would like to invite you to participate in a conversation with Benjamin scholar Sami Khatib, PhD, and writer Haytham al-Wardani on the task of the translator. The conversation hopes to address the question of translatability of a work of art, and translation as a linguistic medium, its process, limits, and potential.

The audience is welcome and encouraged to join the conversation. Admission is free.

Sami Khatib is a critical theory and Walter Benjamin scholar and former researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie. He is author of the book "'Telelogy Without End' Walter Benjamin's Dislocation of the Messianic."

Haytham al-Wardani is a Berlin-based Egyptian writer. His latest work is titled “How to Disappear.”

Hosted by Marra.tein
Yousef Jbeli St. Gorgonian Bldg., 4th floor, Facing Azar Market,
Bayt Kata'ib Rmeil, Al-Rum Hospital, Ashrafieh, Beirut
Click here for Google map.


ARTIST TALK:
Imperfect Dance / Raqsa Naqisah
Sarah Riggs

Date: 1 April, 2015; 6 pm - 8 pm

Location: 98Weeks' New Venue


Still from Six Lives: A Cinepoem, by Sarah Riggs

















Sarah Riggs will talk about her work and latest project "Imperfect Dance," a dance project inspired by the dreams of the residents of Casablanca. Sarah Riggs and Aya Nabih, poets from New York and Cairo, interview people around the Source du Lion about the residents' dreams, and set these dreams to dance, both by movement interpretations by Riggs and Nabih, and with dancers from the Espace Darja. Short films are expected to emerge from this work, in post-production by TAMAAS.

If you wish to attend the talk, please write to info@98weeks.net, as places are limited.

Sarah Riggs is a writer and artist born and living in New York. "Pomme & Granite" will be Riggs' fifth book of poetry in English, and the bi-lingual poem "Chaque Dix Minutes" is her most recent publication in France. Riggs also translates contemporary French poetry into English. She co-directs the inter-art collective TAMAAS (www.tamaas.org) with writer and cultural curator Omar Berrada, and currently teaches at Pratt Institute. 

For more info, visit: www.sarahriggs.org



Hosted by 98Weeks
Armenia Street - Mar Mkhayel, Facing Manar Petrol Station
Second building to the left in the alley between BODO and L'Osteria


For directions: http://eepurl.com/bhoGu9