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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Sharjah Biennial 10 Plot for a Biennial

Posted: 11.03.2011

“Curated by Suzanne Cotter and Rasha Salti and Associate Curator Haig Aivazian, the Biennial will present new and specially commissioned works by contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and performers from across the region and internationally.

Developing on the geographic reach and the focus on new production of previous Biennials, Plot for a Biennial merges what have traditionally been parallel formats of exhibition, film and performance into a multivalent sequence of encounters that extend from the Sharjah Art Museum to Sharjah’s historic Heritage Area and sites around the city

Plot for a Biennial will consider the production of art as subversive act. This plot proposes to place the artist within a web of etymological tracings that intersect the notion of treason. Acknowledging that treason shares its Latin roots with trade and translation, activities central to the political economy, history and culture of Sharjah; the biennial’s storyline will use the city as a setting where singularities and encounters occur.

Tailored to the idea of a treatment for film, replete with a plot and characters, the biennial will unfold around a constellation of keywords: Treason, Necessity, Insurrection, Affiliation, Corruption, Devotion, Disclosure, Translation. These terms operate as motifs and serve to frame explorations in subject matter and form. Among the central themes is the assertion of individual subjectivity within the realms of culture, religion and statehood. Equally central are questions around the aesthetics of art as seduction and formal dissidence, and the production and communicability of art as both dubious and potentially transformative. Within this lexical framework, artists, filmmakers, performers and writers constitute a cast of players that include The Traitor, The Traducer, The Collaborator and The Experientialist.

Proposing the Biennial as a script to be either followed or improvised allows for a rethinking of conventions of the showcase, use of spaces and modes of display. It also enables a re-engagement with the rhythms of the city, inviting interaction from visitors and inhabitants of Sharjah. In borrowing the structure of a film narrative, the Biennial will function as a series of chapters, or reels, that unravel according to the design of its curatorial team, or to be refashioned by visitors at different moments and over the course of the plot’s unfolding

DAAR’s work is exhibited in the Shamsi compound.

16.03.11 – 16.05.11
Sharjah Art Museum, Arts & Heritage Areas