Session 3 

QAYYEM Programme in Curatorial Research:

Methodologies of Hope


24-29 September, Alexandria, Egypt


When the words to describe the political ecologies of our times are missing, when the violence of the nation state and the almost insurmountable brutality of the global economy, hidden in plain sight or acted out, affect how we move, eat, drink, sleep and love each other, when crises proliferate inside, outside and around the existing institutions and weigh upon art production, and when there is no hope that this will change anytime soon, the question is how to find a new language, escape the logic of monetarisation, take care of each other, set institutions in motion, and create archipelagos of hope.

The third and final session of QAYYEM did not attempt to give answers to these questions. It proposed instead to imagine possible futures and think projects together considering both global perspectives and local contexts.

The session culminated with a discussion between the participants moderated by Merray Gerges. All events were held at MASS Alexandria (2 El Madina El Manawwara Street, Miami, Alexandria) and were free and open to the public.


TALKS & WORKSHOPS


25 and 26 September 2019

Computation as Curatorial Muse, Curating as Computational Muse

Co-investigator: Bassam El Baroni

Bassam El Baroni, assistant professor in Curating and Mediating Art, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, will be discussing some of the ideas in circulation around curating in the post-internet era and attempts to understand what the implications of these are for curating moving forward.

26 and 27 September 2019

I Love You in the Name of the Commons

Co-investigator: Binna Choi

Binna Choi, independent curator and director at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, will be giving a talk and workshop around the mobilization that seems possible with art and the imagination, provided that we practice co-instituting for and with art, and in doing so commit to “life-long” learning yet through unlearning. 


27 and 28 September 2019


Solidarity and Storytelling. Rumours Against Enclosure

Co-investigator: María Berríos

María Berríos, sociologist, writer and independent curator, will be presenting two tales of solidarity from Latin America and suggests to investigate notions of solidarity amongst the participants afterwards.


TIMETABLE


Tuesday, 24 September 


WELCOME TO ALEXANDRIA

Registration and informal get-together with the participants and co-investigators in Downtown Alexandria

For details, send us an email!

Wednesday, 25 September


METHODOLOGIES OF HOPE
The co-investigators and participants present their practice

10:00am-10:30am Short presentations by the Co-investigators & Co-curators

10:30am-11:00am Dialogue with the participants

11:00am-1:00pm 3 Presentations + 3 Discussions



CONTINUED: METHODOLOGIES OF HOPE
Participants present their practice


3:00pm-6:00pm 4 Presentations + 4 Discussions

COMPUTATION AS CURATORIAL MUSE, CURATING AS COMPUTATIONAL MUSE - Part 1

7:00pm-9:00pm Lecture by Bassam El Baroni

This talk looks at some of the ideas in circulation around curating in the post- internet era and attempts to understand what the implications of these are for curating moving forward. Computation is often interpreted as an algorithmic aid to the human curator and/or considered speculatively to signal the emergence and gradual realization of robo-curation and the withering of the human curator as was once understood. Both views seem to be highlighting curating in its “sortal” capacity as a form of selection and matchmaking but stop short of considering how the pressures exerted by computation contribute to the transformation of curation, seemingly  directing it toward more epistemic concerns and an emphasis on conceptual synthesis. Between essentially thinking curating as a particular form of sorting, and, thinking curating as a practice with stakes and a role to play in the epistemic construction of world(s) is a type of gap; it is perhaps a “useful abyss” that dreams (or, for some, nightmares) about computational futures help bring to the fore. In what sense can the further automation of curatorial processes influence and shape the discussion on curating, its labour, and its education?

Thursday, 26 September


COMPUTATION AS CURATORIAL MUSE, CURATING AS COMPUTATIONAL MUSE - Part 2

10:00am-1:00pm Seminar led by Bassam El Baroni

The seminar will further unpack the concepts and threads of thought brought up in the keynote and engage with number of texts by various thinkers as well as look at various art works that tackle similar concerns.

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I LOVE YOU IN THE NAME OF THE COMMONS - Part 1

7:00pm-9:00pm Lecture by Binna Choi

Saying love or saying the commons is not an easy task - confusing and puzzling -, but saying them both at the same time moves something and allows us to say more and above all do something about them. And this mobilization seems possible with art and the imagination, provided that we practice co-instituting for and with art, and in doing so commit to “life-long” learning, yet through unlearning. In her lecture, Choi will share some of her experiences with these through the practices around Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons together with the team, artists, other practitioners nearby.

Thursday, 26 September


I LOVE YOU IN THE NAME OF THE COMMONS - Part 2

10:00am-1:00pm Workshop led by Binna Choi

The workshop will include a discussion of relevant texts by bell hooks and Ugo Mattei.

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SOLIDARITY AND STORYTELLING. RUMOURS AGAINST ENCLOSURE - Part 1

7:00pm-8:00pm Talk by María Berríos

How to be in solidarity when there is no possibility of being solid or whole? I will tell two different tales of solidarity, one linked to a museum as a counter-propaganda campaign, rumour as the poor’s bomb, a call to artists to bring in their work as support structures for the Third World. The second, on the use of storytelling as a way of articulating a language to fight against the systematic warfare of enclosure, a tale involving a group of animals from the jungle unjustly confined in a city zoo. Both tales come out of the tumultuous seventies in Latin America, they are intertwined by political prison, exile and the beauty of life occurring amongst and despite all the brokenness around them.

Saturday, 28 September


SOLIDARITY AND STORYTELLING. RUMOURS AGAINST ENCLOSURE - Part 2

10:00pm-1:00pm Workshop led by María Berríos

We will be discussing our own notions of solidarity starting with some writing exercises and discussions. 

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ROUND-TABLE TALK

2:00pm-4:00pm Discussion between all co-curators and participants.
Moderated by Merray Gerges

GOOD-BYE BARBECUE AND PARTY

9:00pm till late


RESIDENCY


1-30 October, Alexandria & Cairo, Egypt

During the residency, the six Qayyem fellows will be discussing unfinished and finished projects, individually and collectIvely, and presenting their research proposals in the form of public talks, screenings and workshops. The residency will culminate with a presentation of the finalised curatorial proposals. 

For updates and event announcements, check this page and the sites and facebook pages of our partners in Amman and Tangier.

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