Amidst a rising political interest in the Arabic speaking world and the Middle East generally, andamidst the world’s largest displacement of humans- generally described as the refugee crisis- alack of critical material on performance from Arab makers, as well as a general lack ofdisseminating Arab art history generally continues to persist within European art scenes. Thelack of circulation and dissemination of knowledge and material on Arab art history echoes withthe difficulties Arab bodies and subjects face when they attempt crossing borders. Could therebe a relation between institutionalizing racism and discourse blind spots towards theoreticalknowledge from the Arab world? This workshop would like to survey key political ruptures in theArabic speaking region, and evaluate moments of aesthetic rupture around such timelines, inorder to examine – yet again – the relation between art and politics, culture and policy. Througha complex methodology that builds on the fields of performance studies, urbanism, and policy,this workshop addresses art and performance history from a displaced and non-canonical pointof departure. It aims at allowing the participants to compose complex methodologies and lensesbest suited for reading the impact of institutionalized violence, symptomatic policy andperformance.
Sat 8 sep13-15Danscentrum StockholmJungfrugatan 7