press release

Locus Agonistes: Practices and Logics of the Civic, the principal conceptual enquiry of Meeting Points 6, is a cultural project conceived as a response to the various scenarios of rupture between antagonistic political camps and civic critical cultures that are presently unfolding in contemporary Arab societies. The responses to these transitional challenges, which have distinct cultural dimensions, cover a broad spectrum of activities, practices, positions, institutions, and social forms that can be felt in diverse pressure points. At the core of these pressure points, at once local and national, global and transnational, secular and theological, regional and geo-political is what may be characterized as a rising dimension ofCivic Imagination. Within this context, artistic practices and their critical logics provide opportunities for constructing and constituting models of civitas, which in turn induce fresh demands for emancipatory and civic techniques. Such techniques not only advocate the obviation of the simplistic dichotomy between progressivist assumptions of political forums and the seemingly conservative institutions of national cultures that oppose them, they also take to task certain strategies of activism around which so-called radical practices have been traditionally perceived within institutional settings.

Locus Agonistes: Practices and Logics of the Civic is deliberately located in the multiple fault lines between these spaces, and is conceived as three distinct Flash Points (Middle East and Levant, North Africa, and Western Europe). It is a project shaped by processes of unraveling, as well as conjunctions. A network of unfolding actions, interactions, aesthetic proposals, performances, and public responses by artists, choreographers, dancers, playwrights, filmmakers, and performers constitutes its immediate forms of enunciation. Through the interaction of the participants, the project endeavors to explore locations of reasoned dissent and reflection, in which it is possible to imagine sequences of activities that are rooted in agendas of struggle, which become spaces of becoming, and possible spheres of global civitas. However, such agendas are neither invested in utopian and progressivist ideals of reformist modernity nor are they inured to the seeming conservatism of fundamentalist cultural politics.

In the present transformative events reshaping the subjectivities, as well as the cultural and political topographies of contemporary Arab societies Locus Agonistes is not only premised on the analysis of. geo-political entanglements, it is a response to the momentous historical forces and the emancipatory logics that are currently reshaping debates on civic identities, cultural strategies, and artistic practices both in its immediate context, and in the localities adjacent to them, for example in Europe.

Comprised of new commissions and existing works, the project, is divided into two programmatic and scenographic strands: The Beirut Art Center would be the venue for an exhibition encompassing installation, photography, sound, video, film, performance, and choreography; while Opera House Damascus will play host to a program of theater, dance solos, dramatic monologues and readings, rehearsals, sound, and performance.

Over the coming months, Meeting Point 6 will present updates of the development of the project as it continues to unfold.

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Meeting Points 6
Kurator: Okwui Enwezor

Künstler: Adel Abdessemed, Jumana Emil Abboud, Omar Abu Saada, Saadane Afif, Mohammad Attar, Doa Aly, Omar Amiralay, Tarek Atoui, Sammy Baloji, Tony Chakar, Stan Douglas, Hafis Dhau & Aicha M´Barek, Mounir Fatmi, Oussama Ghanam, Fakhri El Ghezal, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, David Hare, Mona Hatoum, Samah Hijawi, Bouchra Khalili, Fadhel Jaibi, Jalal Toufic, Lamia Joreige, Sandra Madi, Basim Magdy, Rima Maroun, Radhouane El Meddeb, Selma & Sofiane Ouissi, Omar Rajeh, Tino Sehgal, Laila Soliman.

27.04.2011 - 11.05.2011 Beirut Art Center
27.04.2011 - 04.05.2011 Makan Art Space
01.10.2011 - 18.12.2011 argos, Brüssel
12.01.2012 - 14.01.2012 Haus der Kulturen, Berlin
07.03.2012 - 11.03.2012 Onassis Cultural Centre