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06/14 - OPEN CALL “BEIRUT: BODIES IN PUBLIC”
Workshop grounded in a provocation that appeared as an anonymized quotation in Peeping Tom’s Digest #3: Beirut: « Art in public places doesn’t exist any more ».

Beirut: Bodies in Public is a three-day workshop inviting artists and researchers to think through the interdisciplinary concerns surrounding performance in public space in Beirut.

Workshop Dates: 9th –11th October 2014

Location: American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)

Confirmed Speakers: Professor Mona Harb, American University of Beirut Professor Jane Rendell, the Bartlett, UCL Professor Cornelia Krafft, American University of Beirut

In its recent (2013) edition on Beirut, PeepingTom Digest printed the anonymized quotation: “Art in public spaces doesn’t exist anymore.”

We invite researchers, artists and other cultural practitioners to respond to this provocation, whether considering it as a lament, a falsehood, an opportunity, or otherwise. The workshop will take performance as its throughline of discussion, focussing on the position of embodied practice within public space and the implications of its suggested demise.

After theorists of urban space such as Henri Lefebvre and Michel de Certeau, and thinkers on the public/counterpublic such as Nancy Fraser and Michael Warner, urban space and the public sphere have both been widely theorized as contested, performative and perpetually constructed conditions rather than ‘given’ sites. On the other hand, in light of the powerful uprisings and violent oppression witnessed across the globe in recent years, the material and bodily requirements that make possible the performance of publicity, or make visible the occupation of public space, have been lately emphasized by thinkers such as Judith Butler. In the Lebanese context or elsewhere, how might we address this invitation to responsibly rethink performance in public space, through attending to what Butler calls its material and bodily ‘supports’?

Whilst the workshop welcomes contributions dealing with practical and conceptual material generated across the globe, its location in and focus on Beirut takes account of the particular set of critical socio-material conditions informing an ongoing practice of performative acts in contemporary Lebanon.

Responses may be informed by the following questions:

• What does the existence, demise or discrediting of the presence of art in public space represent for a public in Lebanon or elsewhere? As an embodied and time-based practice, sometimes enacted on the fly, performance is productively open-ended but also socially and economically precarious. What are the implications of using performative art to occupy or configure public space – and what are the implications of its absence?

• How does performance engage with the built environment and its memory, promise or ambiguity? What material, social or affective considerations sustain or constrain performance, and must these be made explicit when dealing with public art or performative spatial practices? How might these practices, or their absence, in turn shape the dimensions of shared spaces?

Possible areas of interest could include:

- Precarity, counterpublics or performances of activism - The audience as public; the absent public - Urban landscapes and spatial practices - Architecture, memory and (in)visibility - Public art initiatives - Identity and public space - Performance and public institutions

The workshop combines research presentations with arts-based events on site or in other locations in Beirut. A competitive seed-fund of £150 GBP (approx. $250 USD) will be available to an artist or collective to create an original artistic response to the workshop on site, during the event, exhibiting the work (and/or its documentation) at its conclusion and for a period afterwards. Unsuccessful applications for the seed fund will automatically be considered for programming.

• For individual research presentations lasting 20 minutes, please submit a 250 word abstract and a short biography of the presenter. • For collaborative presentations and curated panel discussions lasting 1 hour, please submit a 250 word abstract and short biographies of the participants. • For performances, artworks and other interventions, please submit a 250 word description, with indicative videos and images attached if possible, and a short biography of the participants. • For proposals to the seed-fund for an original work to be created during the conference on site, applications should include a 750-word proposal with reference to the thematics of the workshop, and a short biography of the applicant(s) with details/documentation of previous work.

Please submit proposals by email to ella.parry-davies@kcl.ac.uk and eliesh000@gmail.com by 13th June 2014. Notice of acceptance decisions will be received by 20th June 2014.

http://performancephilosophy.ning.com/page/beirut-bodies-in-public

Beirut: Bodies in Public takes place in association with Performance Philosophy, and is supported by the American University of Beirut, and King’s College London.  

Posted at 1:20pm.

 06/14 - OPEN CALL “BEIRUT: BODIES IN PUBLIC” Workshop grounded in a provocation that appeared as an anonymized quotation in Peeping Tom’s Digest #3: Beirut: « Art in public places doesn’t exist any more ».  Beirut: Bodies in Public is a three-day workshop inviting artists and researchers to think through the interdisciplinary concerns surrounding performance in public space in Beirut. Workshop Dates: 9th –11th October 2014 Location: American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)  Confirmed Speakers: Professor Mona Harb, American University of Beirut Professor Jane Rendell, the Bartlett, UCL Professor Cornelia Krafft, American University of Beirut  In its recent (2013) edition on Beirut, PeepingTom Digest printed the anonymized quotation: “Art in public spaces doesn’t exist anymore.”  We invite researchers, artists and other cultural practitioners to respond to this provocation, whether considering it as a lament, a falsehood, an opportunity, or otherwise. The workshop will take performance as its throughline of discussion, focussing on the position of embodied practice within public space and the implications of its suggested demise.  After theorists of urban space such as Henri Lefebvre and Michel de Certeau, and thinkers on the public/counterpublic such as Nancy Fraser and Michael Warner, urban space and the public sphere have both been widely theorized as contested, performative and perpetually constructed conditions rather than ‘given’ sites. On the other hand, in light of the powerful uprisings and violent oppression witnessed across the globe in recent years, the material and bodily requirements that make possible the performance of publicity, or make visible the occupation of public space, have been lately emphasized by thinkers such as Judith Butler. In the Lebanese context or elsewhere, how might we address this invitation to responsibly rethink performance in public space, through attending to what Butler calls its material and bodily ‘supports’?  Whilst the workshop welcomes contributions dealing with practical and conceptual material generated across the globe, its location in and focus on Beirut takes account of the particular set of critical socio-material conditions informing an ongoing practice of performative acts in contemporary Lebanon. Responses may be informed by the following questions:  • What does the existence, demise or discrediting of the presence of art in public space represent for a public in Lebanon or elsewhere? As an embodied and time-based practice, sometimes enacted on the fly, performance is productively open-ended but also socially and economically precarious. What are the implications of using performative art to occupy or configure public space – and what are the implications of its absence?  • How does performance engage with the built environment and its memory, promise or ambiguity? What material, social or affective considerations sustain or constrain performance, and must these be made explicit when dealing with public art or performative spatial practices? How might these practices, or their absence, in turn shape the dimensions of shared spaces? Possible areas of interest could include: - Precarity, counterpublics or performances of activism - The audience as public; the absent public - Urban landscapes and spatial practices - Architecture, memory and (in)visibility - Public art initiatives - Identity and public space - Performance and public institutions  The workshop combines research presentations with arts-based events on site or in other locations in Beirut. A competitive seed-fund of £150 GBP (approx. $250 USD) will be available to an artist or collective to create an original artistic response to the workshop on site, during the event, exhibiting the work (and/or its documentation) at its conclusion and for a period afterwards. Unsuccessful applications for the seed fund will automatically be considered for programming.  • For individual research presentations lasting 20 minutes, please submit a 250 word abstract and a short biography of the presenter. • For collaborative presentations and curated panel discussions lasting 1 hour, please submit a 250 word abstract and short biographies of the participants. • For performances, artworks and other interventions, please submit a 250 word description, with indicative videos and images attached if possible, and a short biography of the participants. • For proposals to the seed-fund for an original work to be created during the conference on site, applications should include a 750-word proposal with reference to the thematics of the workshop, and a short biography of the applicant(s) with details/documentation of previous work.  Please submit proposals by email to ella.parry-davies@kcl.ac.uk and eliesh000@gmail.com by 13th June 2014. Notice of acceptance decisions will be received by 20th June 2014. http://performancephilosophy.ning.com/page/beirut-bodies-in-public  Beirut: Bodies in Public takes place in association with Performance Philosophy, and is supported by the American University of Beirut, and King’s College London.  

01/14 - LUGANO SWITZERLAND
Peeping Tom’s Digest is on view at “Choisi - one at a time”» bookstore in Lugano, Switzerland.

Choisi is a new non-profit space. Choisi exhibition program provides a sequence of one work shows, one at a time: a unique work on display surrounded by in-depth documentation and research materials.Choisi pays a special attention to art publishing and for this reason the exhibition space hosts a permanent bookshop specialized in artists’ books, limited editions, rare publishing projects, magazines and books with a special focus on photography. Please visit www.choisi.info/links.php and www.facebook.com/choisi.one.at.a.time for more information. 

Posted at 11:53am.

 01/14 - LUGANO SWITZERLAND Peeping Tom’s Digest is on view at “Choisi - one at a time”» bookstore in Lugano, Switzerland.  Choisi is a new non-profit space. Choisi exhibition program provides a sequence of one work shows, one at a time: a unique work on display surrounded by in-depth documentation and research materials.Choisi pays a special attention to art publishing and for this reason the exhibition space hosts a permanent bookshop specialized in artists’ books, limited editions, rare publishing projects, magazines and books with a special focus on photography. Please visit www.choisi.info/links.php and www.facebook.com/choisi.one.at.a.time for more information. 

11/13 - PARIS
Peeping Tom at OFFPRINT Paris

a fantastic book fair dedicated to independent publishers


From November Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th, 2013. Address: Beaux-Arts de Paris, 14 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris

www.offprintparis.com

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06/13 - PERPIGNAN
FILAF (Festival International du Livre d’art et du Film)

June 26-30, Perpignan (France)
Peeping Tom’s lecture
Peeping Tom LOVES FILAF


www.filaf.com/

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06/13 - Basel Switzerland
I NEVER READ, art book fair

https://www.facebook.com/events/164368030406448

Posted at 2:55pm.

 06/13 - Basel Switzerland I NEVER READ, art book fair https://www.facebook.com/events/164368030406448

Peeping Tom’s Digest #3 / Beirut Launch

WEDNESDAY MAY 22nd
FROM 6:30 TO 8:30 PM

PAPERCUP BOOKSTORE
BEIRUT. LEBANON

ARTWORK BY STÉPHANIE SAADÉ

LIMITED EDITION BY SIRINE FATTOUH

PLAYLIST BY BASILE GHOSN / MUSIC FANZINE

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06/13 - ART PRESS
Art Press is now a partner of Peeping Tom’s digest#3: Beirut

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Peeping Tom books in Russia!
Discover Peeping Tom’s Digest and our artist’s monographs during the fabulous Family Business TAMIZDAT project at New Holland, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Peeping Tom LOVES Family Business! Join them 18 May – 1 June 2013: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/501164203272840/

http://familybusiness.us/post/50901102410/family-business-tamizdat-project-at-new-holland-st

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Peeping Tom’s Digest #3 / Paris Launch

2/2

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Peeping Tom’s Digest #3 / Paris Launch

1/2

SATURDAY, APRIL
20TH FROM 6PM TO 9PM

8, RUE SAINT-BON* 75004 PARIS

VIDEOS BY ZIAD ANTAR, MARWA ARSANIOS, ATFAL AHDATH, ROY DIB, KINDA HASSAN AND MOUNIRA AL SOLH 

LIMITED EDITION BY SIRINE FATTOUH

PLAYLIST BY BASILE GHOSN / MUSIC FANZINE

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