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Interview by Alya Sebti with Younes Baba-Ali, Everyday Activist

Fall 2012 | Gallery

Defined as what is “happening or used daily,” the everyday shapes that comprise Younes Baba Ali’s work reflects their quotidian use and simultaneously diverts everyday objects from this normative use. In doing so he also stands up against an elitist art to create artworks that target the everyday man [1]. Baba-Ali democratizes access to art […]

Common Grounds: Artistic Practices, Civil Society, and Secular Determination in Tunisia Today

Fall 2012 | ArteZine

“Doing art means displacing art’s borders, just as doing politics means displacing the borders of what is acknowledged as the political … “ Jacques Rancière , “The Paradoxes of Political Art”, in Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics, ed. and trans. By Steve Corcoran (Continuum: London, 2012), pp. 134-151 (p. 149) In the last year or […]

The Economy of Hope
The Economy of Hope

Spring 2013 | Gallery

This issue marks the third installment of a six-quarter cycle of the Virtual Gallery that spotlights artists from the Maghreb leading up to the 2014 edition of the Marrakech Biennial. Each subsequent gallery will showcase artists who deal with the every day in their work to reveal the conceptual threads and regional connections that underlie […]

UNCOLLECTABLE
UNCOLLECTABLE

Spring 2013 | ArteZine

This quarter’s ArteZine is focused on the question of collecting sound and performance art. Embracing sound art and broader sound archiving practices in the Middle East, UNCOLLECTABLE is packaged into literary and performance components that work together. They investigate the noticeable shift in the Middle East art world towards more performative and conceptual work (e.g. […]

The Endurance of the Impalpable and Other Concerns: A Sound Artist’s Story
The Endurance of the Impalpable and Other Concerns: A Sound Artist’s Story

Spring 2013 | ArteZine

It is not common to find articles written by artists from somewhere such as Bahrain about the woes of their profession. Such articles are a particular novelty when the artist’s chosen field is not prevalent in his or her country or region to begin with. Although this article alludes to my personal experiences as a […]

The Morphology of Rhythm: An Examination of Six Works by Morphosis

Summer 2013 | ArteZine

There are no drum-machines, only rhythm synthesizers programming new intensities from white noise, frequencies, waveforms, altering sampled drum sounds into unrecognizable pitches. The drum-machine has never sounded like drums because it isn’t percussion: it’s electronic current, synthetic percussion, syncussion. – Kodwo Eshun, More Brilliant than the Sun Listen to Morphosis, Musafir A sputtering saxophone and […]

All the Men Died at Sea

Spring 2013 | ArteZine

It always seemed to be secondhand, overheard, or when I got in trouble that a story about my grandfather’s past would surface. At a family meal I expressed some distaste at the food my mother had prepared. In response, she told me about a crew member who had approached my grandfather complaining that cockroaches had […]

Don’t Drink the Sea Water: On Madness and the Mediterranean

Winter 2013 | ArteZine

3  Last night I met a friend from years ago. We were, once more, all over again, not knowing what our bodies remembered, almost new to each other. As though nothing bad had happened. And then again tonight, from across the table, our drinks between us, I noticed – “What’s that ring on your finger?” […]

A, A¹ versus Chapter A, B, C, D – Installation versus Cinema

Summer 2012 | ArteZine

Harun Farocki’s films Comparison via a Third (2007) and In Comparison (2009) begin with identical footage, minus In Comparison’s prefacing this footage with a still diagram of a white orthographic image of a brick on a black background. While both Comparison via a Third (2007) and In Comparison (2009) document various contemporary technologies of brick […]

“Beirut is back and it’s beautiful”

Summer 2012 | ArteZine

Randa Mirza’s work discloses preexisting representations and identity-based issues in the urban fabric of Beirut. Through notions related to representations of sex and gender, Mirza aims to explore the Lebanese postwar conditions of identity constructions. Representations are to be understood as systems of production that convey meanings, depending on symbolic categories and having the possibility […]

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