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TkH @HOME WORKS 6 - A Forum on Cultural Practices, Beirut

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Home Works 6, curated by Christine Tohme, will include lectures, screenings, publications and performances — as well as the exhibition program curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh and the X-Apartmentsproject produced by Matthias Lilienthal with the participants of Ashkal Alwan's Home Workspace Program 2012-13.
 
The 6th edition of Home Works is inspired by tinkerings heard on side-streets, rooftops, hallways, and in stadiums, living rooms, classrooms, and storage spaces. These are experienced as sites of excavation—and of trial: Trial as an act of hearing and rehearsal; trial as glimpsed through the fallible strata of history. 
As long as it’s in effect, as long as it’s living, a verdict, like history, cannot be annexed to the past. We remain in this transitional and indefinite trial until we agree on the authority which will adjudicate. Until when should we wait for this authority to come forth? Perhaps it is in preparation for the arrival of the judge that we become individual citizens. Or perhaps it is the judge who, by adjudicating, makes us into individuals. Should then those informal spaces – those rooftops, classrooms and hallways – be inducted into the structure of the trial? And if so, what would remain of these tinkerings.  – Christine Tohme
 
Beirut, Lebanon 
14-26 of May 
Attendance is open to all and free of charge
Program Booklet Here 
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A presentation of the book Public Sphere by Performanceand the film Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body will be held within Home Works 6 organized by Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, Lebanon
 
May 19th, 2013
11.00 – 13.00
 
Metropolis Empire Sofil
Centre Sofil, Ground floor
Ashrafiyeh
 
Ana Vujanović, Bojana Cvejić and Marta Popivoda will present two recent TkH productions that result from their research Performance and the Public conducted in Paris (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers), Belgrade (Magacin u Kraljevića Marka), Amsterdam (Het Veem Theater) and Berlin (Tanzfabrik) 2011-2012. The theoretical and political perspectives of this transdisciplinary research stem from the discontinuous experiences of participation in the public sphere in former socialist Yugoslavia and contemporary Western neoliberalism.
 
The point of departure for the book, written by Cvejić and Vujanović, is the recurrent problem of the public: the eclipse of the public sphere throughout the twentieth century as a marker of the crisis of representative democracy. The authors propose social choreography and social drama as well as an analysis of contemporary performance of the self as instruments that reframe the discussion on the public and its discontents.
 
The documentary film directed by Popivoda deals with the question of how ideology performed itself in public space through mass performances. The author collected and analyzed film and video footage from the period of Yugoslavia (1945 – 2000), focusing on state performances (youth work actions, May Day parades, celebrations of the Youth Day, etc.) as well as counter-demonstrations (’68, student and civic demonstrations in the ‘90s, 5th October revolution, etc.). Going back through the images, the film traces how communist ideology was gradually exhausted through the changing relations between the people, ideology, and the state.