This workshop will focus on processes of creating, disseminating and undoing narratives in the interplay between cultural heritage, migration and constructions of place.
Conference: Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh
In the fourth chapter of our research project with Arts Cabinet, we discuss and ask how flux of concepts and ideas from the Greek philosophical traditions and their dialogue with an ancient near eastern tradition has shaped our current conceptualization of the body and its relation with the mind/soul. In going back into the historical background of our cultural context, we have come to the need to rephrase how we define the “boundaries” of our project
What do we mean by North and South? What are the politics involved? How might artistic enquiry and art residencies delve into and problematise these questions of geography and place?
What would help artists on a residency? What sort of support is needed? How do we foster artist-led exchanges? Working with academics and practitioners in different fields, for example in Psychology, Politics, and Geography?
Hermeneutic Suspicion: Digital Archiving, Conflict and Cultural Production in the Middle East by Dr Anthony Downey
The representation of conflict and its effect on cultural production is a global concern. The increasingly digitised substance of such images, in terms of both dissemination and reception, has also given rise to a series of interpretive dilemmas: what are we looking at in these images and how do we archive them?
In the context of the international workshop that took place in Edinburgh in August 2015 developed by Arts Cabinet in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art and dedicated to exploring questions of artistic research and exchange with the Middle-East, the artist Hiwa K presented his work 'Chicago Boys, While We Were Singing, They Were Dreaming'. The video below was displayed to the audience as part of the talk.
Rachida Triki, Art historian, curator and critic from Tunisia, took part in an international workshop organised by Arts Cabinet and Edinburgh College of Art in August 2015, about challenges and opportunities of cultural exchange with the Middle-East.
Rachida spoke about meanings and methodologies of artistic research in North Africa.
We are grateful to British Council Tunisia for their support in having made Rachida's presence possible.
Image: ©Fatma Charfi, 'Bande d'images: Rouge ,Blanc , Vert , Noir', 2009
The main aim of the workshop was to understand the cultural context in Tunisia and to explore ways in which collaboration could be developed. The need expressed was that collaboration should be done directly between artists and organisations and this was the right time to recalibrate relationships.
This workshop marks the first step for an ongoing consultation with arts and culture organisations, projects, initiatives, artists… in North Africa and for developing incrementally a series of bilateral exchanges. In time these may develop into multilateral programmes. They will be disseminated through platforms dedicated to critical reflection, knowledge exchange and public engagement, supported by digital dissemination.
The extraordinary richness of the sector in Morocco became very apparent during a lively discussion about the condition of Morocco’s arts infrastructure. Bricolage, a recurring word, was used to describe the process of making it happen. The result is an extraordinary combination of enormous commitment to art with the most ingenious creativity to enable a powerful artistic expression.
Researching archives in Africa. Perspectives of 2 artists and a museum curator.