Our Lines Are Now Open


On the Poetics and Politics of Language
A collaboration between 98weeks, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Nora Razian 

Our Lines Are Now Open is a series of interventions that aims to look at reading and writing in its different forms, using radio as a means of exploring the poetics and politics of language. The series will was launched during Home Works 6, lasting four days in an abandoned storefront facing 98weeks Project Space. The program in this temporary radio production house looks at the tension between silence and speech and explores questions such as:

What happens to language when violence provokes the act of speaking? When nation building silences a language or creates a new one? How does language shape our relationship to the future? How can we think gender through literature? How can words be smuggled, banned and recreated?

Each day saw live audience participation through a studio visits and phone-ins. As well as being able to listen online and participate live, each of our events was produced as short 15 minutes radio programs edited by Rayya Badran  and broadcasted through Ziad Nawfal’s “Ruptures” show on radio Lebanon 96.2 FM