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Ibraaz Platform 007

007 / 8 May 2014

Future Imperfect (Part II): Building Institutions Through Practice.


Ibraaz is pleased to announce the launch of Platform 007, which will offer a comprehensive analysis of the following question from a variety of perspectives:


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


Over the next six months, from May until November 2014, Platform 007 will enquire into the role played by artists and audiences in negotiating and producing future institutional realities through artistic practices and modes of engagement. These questions follow on from our recent conference Future Imperfect, which brought together an international line-up of artists, writers and cultural practitioners to consider ways in which culture can inform and shape the contours of collective futures. Throughout this platform, we will examine the degree to which the changing nature of art – alongside shifts in socio-political realities – challenges the long-term futures of traditional cultural institutions across the MENA region. Conversely, we will ask what new institutional forms are emerging and how current institutions are adapting to these developments and proposing, in turn, new infrastructures and networks of collaboration.



Platform 007 Future Imperfect (Part II): Building Institutions through Practice

Anthony Downey


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Designing the Future: What Does It Mean to Be Building a Library in Iraq?

AMBS Architects


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Filling the Gaps: Arts Infrastructures and Institutions in Libya Post-Dictatorship

Hadia Gana


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Knowledge Bound: Reflections on Ashkal Alwan's Home Workspace Program, 2013-14

Rachel Dedman


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Anachronistic Ambitions: Imagining the Future, Assembling the Past

Sheyma Buali


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Other People’s Stories: Or, Severing History From the Person

Fawz Kabra


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The Art of Resonance

Tarek Atoui in conversation with Stephanie Bailey


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Collective Networking

Burak Arıkan in conversation with Basak Senova


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Flash Futures

Monira Al Qadiri in conversation with Stephanie Bailey


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Emergent Cinema

Ahd in conversation with Sheyma Buali


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Free Expression

The Arab Digital Expression Foundation in conversation with Laura Cugusi


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Video Channeling

Mai Elwakil in conversation with Daniella Rose King


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The State of a Nation

Larissa Sansour in conversation with Sheyma Buali


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Who's Afraid of Religion?

Köken Ergun in conversation with Omar Kholeif


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Myth Busters

Monira Al Qadiri


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Common Elements

Iman Issa


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From Behind the Monument

Jasmina Metwaly


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The Work Does Not Mean Anything to Me

Samah Hijawi


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Hashem L Kelesh – هاشم الكلش

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Okwui Enwezor in conversation with Anthony Downey: Global Art Forum 8

Todd Reisz in conversation with Omar Kholeif: Global Art Forum 8

Anthony Downey

Omar Kholeif


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Whilst the focus of this platform is primarily on the region and its unique potential for institutional development in the arts, these issues are of course global and require consideration of how, for example, participative-based practices and education can engage with potential audiences without becoming institutionalized and, thereafter, instrumentalized. We will examine the emergence of new networks of production, reception and dissemination, and how these developments are impacting upon and engaging with future audiences. What role, moreover, do institutions expect audiences to fulfil in the future and how have technological advances changed the way they interact with these prospective audiences? In a broader context, Platform 007 will explore how the notion of a radical disengagement – the refusal to participate – on behalf of audiences and artists alike suggests a strategy for re-imagining self-organized, socially engaged art practices beyond institutional frameworks.


Contributors to this platform include: Monira Al Qadiri, Amar Kanwar, Yates McKee, Larissa Sansour, Ayşe Erkmen, Okwui Enwezor, Ola Khalidi, Tarek El Ariss, Bassam El Baroni, Ashkan Sephavand, Hadia Gana, Toleen Touq, AMBS Architects, Iman Issa, Malak Helmy, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Caline Aoun, Medrar.TV, GCC, Sirine Fattouh, Sandra Iche, Nora Razian, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Reema Fadda, Youmna Chlala, Burak Arikan, Tarek Atoui, Raed Yassin, Koyo Kouoh, Oraib Toukan, Mohamed Abdelkarim, Mahmoud Khaled, Arab Digital Expression Foundation, Ahd, Eungie Joo, Koken Ergun, Hisham Al-Madhloum, Rachel Dedman, Fawz Kabra, Sheyma Buali, Guy Mannes-Abbott, Azin Feizabadi, Aziza Harmel, Anahi Alviso-Marino, Mirene Arsanios, Sherri Wasserman, Dalya Islam, and many others.


In May 2015 as part of our ongoing partnership with I.B. Tauris, we will publish Future Imperfect: Cultural Propositions and Institutional Perspectives in an edited volume, with additional essays. This will follow the publication of Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East in June 2014, Archival DissonanceKnowledge Production and Contemporary Practicesin November 2014


We would also like to take this opportunity, finally, to thank all of our contributors and readers for their continued and much appreciated support. We look forward to engaging with you further over the course of Platform 007 and other upcoming platforms.


Anthony Downey, Editor-In-Chief, Ibraaz


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