On Publications is a series of events exploring printed matter, language and text. Its initial project consisted of a re-reading of several historical arts and culture publications produced and distributed in the Arab world since the 1930s. Literary magazines such as Sh’ir or more cultural magazines such as Al Hilal were investigated through talks and seminars. On publications also hosted “Why do you Publish?” an independent book fair and a book bazaar. 98editions, a small press for experimental writing stemmed from On Publications, as well as Our Lines Are Now Open: online radio on the poetics and politics of language.

Schedule Workshop November 5-9 2013

Volume is a collaborative project between Vision Forum, 98weeks and the Assabil Association and is curated by Sara Giannini together with 98weeks. Ten artists, both European and Lebanese, are invited to develop artworks, interventions and performances for Assabil's three municipal libraries in Beirut. The aim of the project is to investigate the potential of libraries as sites for artistic creation and production of knowledge as well as for the formation of a dialogic and critical dimension. Enriched by new activities and "site-specific volumes” the library will be transformed into a participative forum that counteracts the disappearance of a true public dimension in the city. The artists are commissioned to develop a contribution to a specific library according to its location, collection history, and current use. This aims to implement poetic aspects in the library that are textual, but also visual, conceptual or performance-based.

For Participants 

5th November
14.00 – 15.00 Meeting at Bachoura’s library with presentation of Antoine Boulad on Assabil
15.00 – 18.00: Visit of the other two libraries

6th Novembre
10.30 – 12.00: Visit  and talk with national library archive
15.00 – 19.00: First workshop round
19:30: Skype with Beatrice Catanzaro Needle in the Binding at the Khalidi library, Jeryusalem

7th November
11.00– 13.00: Second workshop round
16.00 – 18.00: Visit of Dawawine, talk by Sara Sehnaoui

8th November
10.00 – 12.00 Walk/Talk with Rani Al Rajjii to explore the libraries’ neighborhoods
15.00 – 18.00 Third workshop round
19.00: Talk by Nadia Bou Ali

9th November
10.00 – 17.00: Geitawi Library. Collective discussions on ideas/ proposals/suggestions for the libraries

Pedro Barateiro, 'Endurance Test', 2012.
NOA (Not Only Arabic) magazine III by Mounira Al Solh

A next stopping place called Hearsing*
Research week in collaboration with 98weeks, Kunsthalle Lissabon and AIR Antwerpen

October 16-18, 2013

with Marwa Arsanios, Pedro Barateiro, Mark Luyten, Ghassan Maasri, João Mourão, Roger Outa, André Romão, Luis Silva, Nathan Witt

Wednesday October 16, 8pm at 98weeks - Performance by Pedro Barateiro "How to Make a Mask"

How to Make a Mask is a scripted monologue accompanied by images that put various modes of subjectivity into play. The performance is delivered as a lecture, as the performer introduces among other things the ‘Big Five theory’, a personality test created by Carl Jung, which is still used today in companies to choose a job applicant.

Thursday October 17, at 98weeks

7pm - reception for Nathan Witt - "98 press releases, collected and defaced between 2005-2010"

A pathetic life of stalking, courting libel, defamation, treachery, contesting the claims of others, defending artists - for some unknown reason - embarrassment about your own mind and fighting to silence it... and 2 Press Releases short of Raymond Queneau’s 100 Stories told in endlessly different ways in Exercises de Style.

8pm - A conversation on Institutional Language with Marwa Arsanios (98weeks), Mark Luyten, João Mourão and Luis Silva (Kunsthalle Lissabon), Ghassan Maasri (Mansion) moderated by Mounira Al Solh.

"How is language used inside institutions in different stages of projects; from grant applications to production to press releases? How does it affect artistic production? How does this shape our understanding and general relation to art?

Friday October 18, at Villa Fleming

7pm- reception for André Romão - The Dancing Plague, a temporized slide projection

8pm - Artist Talk by Mark Luyten - The talk centers around narrative strategies as a "modus" in some series of his works since the 90s.

* Hearsing is a compound name that Freud invented in his dreams. "One part of it was derived from the names of places on the suburban railway near Vienna, which so often end in "ing" (...). The other part was derived from the English word "hearsay"." (A Voice and Nothing More, Mladen Dolar)

NOA magazine III began while Mounira Al Solh was learning Dutch in the Netherlands: "I still could not really speak Dutch, and I had the brilliant ability to switch off a few minutes after someone was speaking next to me in this language. Not hearing what is being said around someone is an exercise many of us practice at times. In a language we know very well, this would be more difficult, but it is not impossible." The idea of "switching off one's ears" can help someone focus on inner issues while thinking about the complexity of limiting, hearing, or transforming language as in Louis Wolfson's “Le Schizo et Les Langues.” These issues will be explored with a performance, exhibition, and panel discussion.

Post Apollo Press Presentation
Simone Fattal
Friday April 5, 2013 at 7pm

Simone Fattal founded The Post-Apollo Press in 1982, specializing in poetry, experimental writing and translation. Post-Apollo has published major American, European and Middle-Eastern poets and prose writers including Barbara Guest, Lyn Hejinian, Leslie Scalapino, Robert Grenier, Etel Adnan, Marguerite Duras, Jalal Toufic, Tom Raworth and many others.

The Dumbest Question Ever
Reading by Pranav Behari
98weeks Research / Project Space
Friday, December 21, 2012; 7pm

The Dumbest Question Ever is a series of electronic letters(emails) which venture into a delirious bricolage of technology, sex, urban decrepitude, Goldman Sachs, race, the active lives of objects, AFRICOM, the state of American black nationalism, betrayal, the occult, friendship, and the late despot Muammar Qaddafi--all to solve the mystery of a missing phone charger. Conceived and written as a short story, it is forthcoming as a chapbook from Projective Industries.
Pranav Behari is a writer based in New York.

Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi of Pages
Thursday December 13, 2012 at 7:30pm

The presentation will be divided into two parts. First we will talk about our recent work Seep, which is about misplaced sites and memories of modernity evoked by politically and ideologically disputed archives. In this work the archive of the British Petroleum from the earlier half of the 20th century when it operated in the South-west Iran, is juxtaposed with the Western collection of modern art at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art established during the end of 1970s.

The second part of the presentation will be the screening of Satellite, as long as it is aiming at the sky (2009, 30 min.), a video that documents Los Angeles-based Iranian satellite television stations. Initially exile televisions, these TVs represent a tele-visual micro universe produced through live phone-in programs with audiences from Iran and outside. The video traces the hysterical mediation and staging of a satellite geography defined by social and political crisis.
In 2004 Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi founded Pages, a collaboration that encompasses various joint projects and the production of a bilingual magazine in Farsi and English titled 'Pages'. Their projects and the magazine's editorial approach are closely linked, both described by the artists as "attempts in articulating the indecisive space between art and its historical condition."Tabatabai and Afrassiabi live in Rotterdam and work both in the Netherlands and Iran. Their work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Currently they are Advising Researchers fine art at the Jan Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, the Netherlands. For more information please see:www.pagesproject.net

Supported by: Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam 

curated by 98WEEKS 

Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, Torino, Italy

November 9 – 11, 2012; 10am – 10pm
Opening: November 9, 2012, 7 – 10pm
Public reading from the workshop: November 11, 2012, 2pm

98weeks presents two parallel events at the Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, della Deportazione, della Guerra, dei Dirittie della Libertà.The first project is a writing workshop, led by Italian author Christian Raimo, that explores the relationship between writing and resistance, examining how writing can become a form of action. Its point of departure is to take a fresh look at the text of the Italian constitution, which is projected on the mirrors in the last room of the museum, and reflect on the relationship of responsibility between state and culture. Through a group exercise, the workshop participants, who have been selected through a public application process, will be invited to rewrite the document, to reinterpret its meaning and come up with an alternative vision of government and constitution.

The second project is a video programme with a series of works by artists from Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and Denmark that tell stories of resistance, to reflect on this term and what it means in specific contexts. Feature length, medium-length and short films by Maher Abi Samra, Basma Al Sharif, Omar Amiralay, Christian Ghazzi, Ahmad Ghossein, Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Ali Kays, Lasse Lau, Mohammad Malas, Rania & Raed Rafei, Ghassan Salhab, Roy Samaha, Mohamed Soueid, Rania Stephan, Akram Zaatari. 

APRIL 17 – MAY 15, 2010 

Nov 16-20,Unesco Palace
98weeks at the Festival of Lebanese Art Book 


Abou Jaoude presenting his collection
Talk with Abboudi Abou Jaoude, Saturday May 8 2010Publisher (Al Furat Publishing) and collector Abboudi Abou Jaoude will present his collection of Lebanese and regional historical art and cultural magazines from the 30s to today. Examples of the discussed magazines will be available for consultation at 98weeks project space.
This event is part of 98weeks' research, On publications, and coincides with the Bidoun Library on display at 98weeks until May 15.

Fadi el Tofeilli and Rasha Al Atrash, 25 February 2011 - 5 pm
Fadi el Tofeilli will present his work from the Al-Hilal special issue on Gergi Zeidan (founder of the magazine Al-Hilal)
Rasha Al Atrash will talk about the representation of women through 3 decades of Al-Hilal.

Hazem Saghieh, 3 March - 7 pm
Hazem Saghieh will talk about the idea of resitance through the special issue “Resitance“ from al-Hilal.         
Anneka Lenssen,  Friday 11 March - 7pm
“The Correspondent”. A talk on the role of the correspondent and correspondence within the pages of Shi’r. Specifically drawing attention to the “letter from (A city)” genre of content that was central to the literary magazine in the late 1950s and 1960s.     

Dalal Bizri and Wissam Saade,  Wednesday 23 March  -7pm

Dalal Bizri on the special issue “Abdel Nasser” from Al-Hilal. 

Wissam Saade on the special issue “Evtochenko” from Al-Hilal.

Sayyed Hani Fahs  Tuesday 29 March - 7pm

On the special issue “al-Coran a new modern reading” from Al-Hilal 

Hassan Daoud, Thursday 31 March - 7pm         



WDYP is an art book fair that focuses on arts and culture publishing in the Middle East and beyond.  Over a period of 4 days, publishing houses, artists and writers will meet in Beirut to present their current production and to probe ideas and ways of working with printed matter through a series of panels and events.

In line with 98weeks’s approach to artistic research, “Why do you publish” is more than a commercial book fair. It looks at historical and contemporary examples of printed matter as vehicles for political, social and artistic experimentation. Invited participants include publishing houses (Al Furat; Amers Editions; Ugly Duckling Presse), artists’ collectives working with publishing (Samadal; PrintRoom; LemonMelon), and historical and contemporary collections of artists and poetry books (98weeks; Abboudi Abou Jawdeh, Omar Berrada). These different forms of engagements with the book – professional publishing, artistic work, archives and collecting- will guide the fair’s presentations and discussions.

Participants: Abboudi Abou Jawdeh;  Amers Editions; Batroun Projects; Omar Berrada; LemonMelon; Masrah Ensemble ; PrintRoom ; Samandal ; Ugly Duckling Presse ; Al Marmoot, Heatsick

Supported by Arab Fund for Arts and Culture 

15 July: Opening 6:30 pm - 16 July: Roundtable 6:00 pm

For the Beirut edition of “Platform Translation”, artists were invited to develop artists’ books and publications. The participants explored the book format using it as an end object in itself, as a way of organizing research and sketches in a poetic manner, or even as a platform for collaborations and correspondences. The process of producing the books was addressed in different manners, its possibilities stretched, often departing from a story or an archive. The issue of words, images, movement and distribution being inherent to books and printed material were also explored through the set format of books. “On Books and Translation”, convenedby 98weeks, aims to constitute a large traveling library of artists’ books, adding up along the way.

In this edition participants are: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Dimitris Ameladiotis, Marwa Arsanios, Elena Bellantoni and Daniela Alloca, Víctor Hugo Bravo, Federico Cavallini (invited by Silvano Manganaro), Hatem Imam with Jana Traboulsi, Interactivité Povera (collective), Daniel Jacoby, Manos Kornelakis (invited by Zoi Pappa), Mariagiovanna Nuzzi, Zeynep Oz and Suna Kafadar, Zoi Pappa, Iordanis Papadopoulos and Nana Sachini (invited by Zoi Pappa), Katia Roumbou, Soledad Pinto and Loes Heebink, Javier Rodríguez, Tom Robinson, Mihalis Theodosiadis,Vaticanochico​ Publishers, Karine Wehbe and Mirene Arsanios.