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Workshop: “Becoming Power,” Ashkal Alwan

Date: Apr 25, 2016 - May 20, 2016

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Minerva Cuevas, Donald McRonald, Action/Video Still, Paris 2003

Minerva Cuevas, Donald McRonald, Action/Video Still, Paris 2003

This series of workshops and lectures in Beirut will discuss the role of power structures as part of daily life and their links with geopolitics, zooming out of our local urban experiences. It will explore the relationship between artistic practice and political action through public art, sabotage, hacking and shamanism. The sessions will focus on questioning the concepts of: community, development, progress, society, individual, corporation, social body, camouflage, death, phenomena, ritual, music, mask, autonomy, invisibility. Examples of social movements and interdisciplinary projects will be used to question the tools and strategies that, in turn, are used to question the disparities that rule the world’s resources and knowledge distribution in capitalist society. With guest speakers Heath Bunting and Francis McKee.

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