Saturday 24 November / DAI Public workshop - mapping-performance by Rana Hamadeh (DAI, 2009) / Regarding The Brother From Another Planet / Location: Festival of Independents / Kunstvlaai 2012

tag: Amsterdam

Language: English

Location: (former) Sint Nicolaas Lyceum, Prinses Irenestraat 21, 1077WT Amsterdam

Time workshop : Saturday 24 November 3 – 5 pm Where: DAI's classroom A 2-8

If you like to participate in this workshop it is advisable to arrive at least 10 minutes early.


In this 'performance-workshop', Rana Hamadeh will set off a trail of questions that aim at problematizing the notion of 'alienness' in terms of the revolutions and uprisings taking place in the Arab world. Bringing together elements from science fiction, modernist architecture, political theory and cold war aesthetics, she asks whether it is possible to think of the alien as a political subject, and whether extraterrestrial space in science fiction can possibly be a productive locus
for thinking of issues of rights and justice. How would it be possible today to think of the rights of man beyond the institution of the nation-state? And what would constitute the political agency of the alien, understood as both an outcast with regards to the law and an extraterrestrial?

Rana Hamadeh is a visual and performance artist from Beirut, based in the Netherlands. Interested in a curatorial approach towards her artistic practice, she works on long term discursive projects that comprise different levels of collaboration, and that involve lecture-performances, installations, and audio/text based works. She focuses on speech/conversation as an artistic medium, questioning with that the conditions of spectatorship; as well as the boundaries, authority and mechanisms of meaning production. In 2008 she initiated GRAPHIS N0 127 project, as an umbrella under which she has been producing several art works, publications and theoretical texts. Her work has been presented at (a.o.) The Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, 2012), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, 2011/2008), Beirut Art Center (Beirut, 2010), Teylers Museum (Haarlem, 2010) and New Museum (New York, 2009). She is currently auditing within the Curatorial Knowledge PhD programme at Goldsmiths University, London.