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Ibraaz Platform 007

006 / 18 February 2014

Ibraaz Platform 007

Ibraaz is pleased to release the remit for Platform 007, which addresses the main question:

What is the future of arts infrastructures and audiences across North Africa and the Middle East?

Confirmed participants in this platform include: Mounira Al Qadiri, Amar Kanwar, Larissa Sansour, Bouchra Khalili, Ayse Erkman, Khalid Abdalla, Ola Khalidi, Basma El Husseiny, Tarek El Ariss, Bassam El Baroni, Ashkan Sephavand, Hadia Ghana, Miriam Cooke, Toleen Touq, AMBS Architects, Laura Metzler, Iman Issa, Tony Chakar, Malak Helmy, Asuncion Molinos, Caline Aoun, Medrar.tv, GCC, Sirine Fattouh, Sandra Iche, Nora Razian, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Stephen Stapleton, Dr Myriam Ababsa, Youmna Chlala, and others.

1.     What role do the arts play in producing an idea of a future, or, indeed, producing future realities?


2.     What do speculations of the future tell us about the concerns of the present and the legacies of the past?


3.     How do institutions map potential futures?


4.     How can we imagine new infrastructures and institutions in the context of architectural, institutional, and practical realities?


5.     What will future audiences look like and how will culture continue not only to negotiate social activity, political engagement and critical practices, but their future sustainability as ideals?


6.     How will the changing nature of audiences challenge, if at all, the long-term sustainability of arts institutions?


7.     What role does education have in developing audiences and what role, crucially, do institutions expect audiences to fulfil?


8.     What is the role of the institution today in terms of developing infrastructures that respond to the needs of the times?


9.     How have technological advances changed the way institutions interact with audiences?


10.   Is disengagement with institutions the best way to imagine new forms of systemic practice and self-organized, socially engaged art practices?


11.   How do forms of self-organizations re-articulate the function, or, indeed, rationale of institutions?


12.   What is actually needed in terms of infrastructure for culture and its more discursive elements – the way in which it impacts on public space or civil society, for example?



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