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Beyond Dystopia

Reading together

30/06/16 7pm

What are the different ways that artists and writers use science-fiction as a disruptive force? How does narrative, fiction and poetry influence art practice? What is the role of anger as a medium in the arts? How are artists offering different understandings of our present and future?

In Larissa Sansour’s exhibition at The Mosaic Rooms, a futuristic vision is used to critique a contemporary issue – the use of archeology to reinforce territorial claims in Israel/Palestine. Join Amal Khalaf, Sophia Al Maria, Malak Helmy and Sarah Abu Abdallah in this open reading/discussion workshop.

Texts that the artists are currently reading or that have informed their work and thinking, will be distributed and read collectively.  The artists and audience will then discuss some of the ideas raised through the texts in an open and collective environment.

Amal Khalaf is a researcher and curator and currently Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries working on the Edgware Road Project. With an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, her research addresses themes of urbanism, community, media activism and art through participatory projects, and media initiatives. Previously she has worked for Al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain and set up a project space in an abandoned railway arch in East London, Hold & Freight (2008-2009).

Sarah Abu Abdallah works primarily with video and film as a medium she is currently part of the This Time With FEELing artist residency at the White Building.

Sophia Al Maria is a writer, artist and film maker. She loves reading, everything from slipstream to hard SF.

Malak Helmy is an artist and writer. She sets up environments and narratives in which language and landscape collaborate to perform and possess each other’s actions and qualities at will.

FREE, rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

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