Common Assembly II: Nottingham

Posted: 14.02.2012

Exhibition: 28 Jan 2012 – 15 Apr 2012

The centrepiece of DAAR exhibition is a life-sized section through the abandoned Palestinian Parliament in a suburb of Jerusalem – a parliament that has never been used. Construction started during the 1996 Oslo Accord when peace seemed possible and was halted in 2003 after the Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, marked the failure of the political process.

The project began with the discovery that – mistakenly or intentionally – the building was constructed on Israel’s unilaterally declared border within Jerusalem. The parliament is partly within Israeli territory and partly within Palestinian controlled land – a small strip, no wider than the border line, is in legal limbo.

DAAR has build the section of the abandoned Palestine Parliament that the border line crosses in three dimensions. This suspended and elongated structure will act as a forum for debate on the future of Palestine during the exhibition.

How can political participation be organised for a partially exiled and geographically dispersed people? Palestine’s complex and developing nationhood offers the opportunity to think beyond the nation state.

Common Assembly is a project by Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Eyal Weizman, Nicola Perugini with Yazeed Anani, Nishat Awan, Ghassan Bannoura, Benoit Burquel, Suzy Harris-Brandts, Runa Johannessen, Zografia Karekou, Cressida Kocienski, Lejla Odobasic, Carina Ottino, Elizabeth Paden, Sameena Sitabkhan, Amy Zion.

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Nottingham Contemporary

For the occasion of DAAR’s exhibition — A Common Assembly — this one day conference will deal with new forms of political action and association – collective protests — in the Middle East and around the world.

The term Common Assembly comes to name a radical form of political participation and collective actions that has been used, in different variations, within different contexts of revolutionary protest from Cairo’s Tahrir square to the stairs of St Paul’s cathedral.

SESSION I: THE PUBLIC, THE PRIVATE AND THE COMMON

DAAR, Introduction
Lieven De Cauter, The Place of the Common: Revisiting Heterotopia from the perspective of the Commons
Lorenzo Pezzani, The red castle and the lawless line
Nishat Awan, Notes on extraterritoriality
The Berlage Studio, Returns to Jaffa/Tel Aviv

SESSION II: REFUGEES, STATE, REPRESENTATION

Sari Hanafi, An Extraterritorial Nation-State
Rasha Salti, Imagining the Revolution

PANEL III: CITIZENSHIP, REVOLTS, OCCUPATIONS
Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, The Base of the Air is Common

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