Permanent Temporariness is a book, a catalogue, and an archive that accounts for fifteen years of research, experimentation, and creation that are marked by an inner tension and a visionary drive that re-thinks itself through collective engagement. It is the result of the profound desire of its authors, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, to look back in connection with the eponymous retrospective exhibition that was inaugurated at the New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery on February 24, 2018, and at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven on December 1, 2018.

Since their first work, Stateless Nation at the Venice Biennial in 2003, and throughout their more recent architectural interventions in refugee camps, the artistic practice of Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti has explored and acted within and against the condition of permanent temporariness that permeates contemporary forms of life. In their ambitious research and project-based practice, art exhibitions are both sites of display and sites of action that spill over into other contexts: built architectural structures, the shaping of critical learning environments, interventions that challenge dominant collective narratives, the production of new political imaginations, the re-definition of words, and the formation of civic spaces.

This book is organized around fourteen concepts that activate seventeen different projects. Each project is the result of a larger process of collaboration and is accompanied by individual and collective texts and interviews that contextualize and expand the reach of every intervention.

Contributors to projects and texts include Maria Nadotti, Charles Esche, Robert Latham, Salwa Mikdadi, Eyal Weizman, Okwui Enwezor, Munir Fasheh, Grupo Contrafilé, Murad Odeh, and Rana Abughannam. Edited by Maria Nadotti and Nick Axel. The publication of this book has been made possible with the generous support of the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm; New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery; Van Abbemuseum; and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.

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Van Abbemuseum

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Exhibition tour with Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti

Word of welcome and introduction by Charles Esche (moderator)

Lieven De Cauter, Anthony Downey, Nick Axel and Sara Arrhenius 


Magdalena Malm and others


Shafiq Kakar, Isshaq Al Barbary and others

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Read the conversation about the book with Maria Nadotti

Can the camp be the new urban paradigm beyond the notion of the state?

Posted: 23.06.2012

In occasion of THE BERLAGE YEAREND PUBLIC EVENT AND EXHIBITION, roundtable discussion “Can the camp be the new urban paradigm beyond the notion of the state?” based on the second-year postgraduate studio entitled “Return to the Common” with Ole Bouman, Lieven De Cauter, Galit Eliat, Manuel Herz, Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, and Dietmar Steiner (Tuesday, June 26 – from 11.00 am to 01.30 pm, DE DEPENDANCE, Rotterdam)

SYMPOSIUM, 26—27 JUNE 2012, DE DEPENDANCE, Rotterdam
On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 and 27, the Berlage Institute will host a two-day event of lectures, roundtable discussions, film screenings, and question-and-answer sessions inspired by the conversations taking place in its 2011–2012 postgraduate design research studios. An accompanying exhibition will open on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 pm, remaining on view until Sunday, August 12.

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DAAR’S “human geography” by Michael J Baers

Posted: 19.04.2011

Michael Bears’s comics are poetic maps of DAAR’s networks and origin of projects. Michaels Bears recreated the complex set of formal and informal relations formed around every project. It shows the nomadic and open form of DAAR’s art and architectural production and how its embody or oppose to the surrounding political environment. As for a map, Michael’s drawings are a synthetic view and interpretation of the reality, it is not the reality. Nevertheless they suggests the experimental form of production of DAAR and its human geography formed around every project, faces of architects, artists, researchers, activists, lawyers, colonizers, students, soldiers, politicians, that shaped consciously or unconsciously DAAR spatial interventions and political propositions.






Posted: 11.04.2011



TEDxRamallah brings together 20+ inspiring individuals on stage, from Speakers, Performers and Stage Hosts from within Palestine and beyond from at least 10 different disciplines that collectively will enlighten us with inspirational stories of Palestine.
TEDxRamallah aims to showcase inspiring stories of Palestine. It also aims to educate and inspire by providing a space for people to share their ideas in any field, whether science, education, literature, technology, design, etc. to contribute to the positive perception of Palestine.
TEDxRamallah is a one day event that will take place in three venues in three cities: Convention Palace in Bethlehem, Sunflower Theatre in Beirut, and in a venue in Amman. The partner cities (Beirut and Amman) support Palestine, a place with limited access, by getting people who cannot be part of the event in Bethlehem closer to the live experience. The TEDxRamallah program will have a majority of speakers speaking live from the Convention Palace, while those speakers who cannot access Palestine will speak from the partner cities and will be streamed into Bethlehem.


Decolonizing Minds, Bologna [ITA]

Posted: 07.04.2011

Come è possibile, nel “qui e ora” del conflitto, negoziare l’esistenza di istituzioni e di realtà legali e spaziali senza divenire connivente con la realtà diseguale che queste producono? Decolonizing Architecture è un modo per parlare e intervenire diversamente in un conflitto che cerca di sfruttare la pratica spaziale come una forma di intervento politico e narrazione.

Un incontro con Diego Segatto (architetto / OpenQuadra), Adriano Zamperini (psicologo sociale / Università di Padova), Marialuisa Menegatto (psicologa clinica e di comunità / Università di Padova).
Dal contributo di Diego Segatto per The Wall #3 (un progetto di Pietro Gaglianò)

Saturday, April 16 · 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Nosadella.due _ residenza per artisti e curatori
via Nosadella 2, Bologna
Bologna, Italy

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