3686 Mal gesehen

Datum der Aufzeichnung: 03.11.2016

Ort: TQW / Halle G



Due to illness, we regret to inform you that Ode to joy will be replaced by a trilogy of Rabih Mroué.




Rabih Mroué, a key figure in a new generation of artistic voices in Lebanon, has created a complex oeuvre spanning different disciplines and formats between theatre, performance and visual arts. He addresses the immediate reality of issues that have been swept under the rug in the current political climate of Lebanon, relating to the enduring consequences of the Lebanese Civil War and recent political events. Both fiction and in-depth analysis are among the tools Mroué uses to explore the responsibilities of the artist in communicating with an audience in specific political and cultural contexts.


Rabih Mroué will perform three of his highly acclaimed "non-academic lectures": On Three Posters, Inhabitants of Images (short versions) and Pixelated Revolution (original version).  Trilogy highlights the critical intensity with which Mroué inquires into the processes of constructing and distributing visual documents in contemporary Lebanon and the Middle East. His semi-documentary theatre explores the politics of representation by projecting found materials – photographs and videos – on the cinema screen and sketching possible counter-narratives. Staged as live investigations not only into official representation but also his own form of representation, Mroué’s lectures question the ability of objects, images, words and sounds to bear witness to the complex layered realities of Lebanon society, let alone global politics and war. Recognizing that our actions are affected and conditioned by the way we interpret, order and depict knowledge, he puts forward instruments of critique for engaging with images and histories: what happens when we become involved, implicated in the process, when we inhabit images and narratives, becoming part of situations, reading and writing them at the same time?




On Three Posters  (2004)





On Three Posters is based on found footage of video testimony recorded by members of the Lebanese Communist Party prior to embarking on their suicide missions. Shortly before his death in 1985, Jamal Salti, a suicide bomber fighting the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon (1982 - 2000), rehearsed his video testimony in three takes that show only minor differences. This is the point of departure for thoughts on the tension between fundamental human traits and the heroic representation of martyrdom. Mroué’s analysis focuses on a moment of hesitation in one of the unused takes and reveals how the reception of this work has shifted in a post-9/11 geopolitical landscape since its original performance as Three Posters with Elias Khoury in the year 2000.





PRODUKTION: Ashkal Alwan / Beirut.


ÜBERSETZUNG: Mona Abuo Rayyan.






Inhabitants of Images (2008)





Inhabitants of Images analyzes instances of manipulating images for political ends in Lebanon. Among the analyzed images are street posters of Hezbollah martyrs, seen all over the city of Beirut Mroué deconstructs the visual motives, symbols, composition and design of the posters to reflect on their symbolic significance and their attempt to shape the political, militant and religious mindset of the local community.





KOPRODUKTION: Tanzquartier-Wien, Bidoun magazine, and Ashkal Alwan / Beirut.








Pixelated Revolution (2012)





Pixelated Revolution addresses the viral impact of mobile phones and social media on information and mobilization in the recent devastating Syrian revolts. Mroué has re-edited, re-framed and re-contextualized a selection of found video materials of clashes and confrontations, shot and posted on the internet by insurgents, in order to highlight not only the deteriorating situation in the region, but also the unsettling, unprecedented enmeshment of political activism, filmic strategies, the fragility of the human body and popular technology in the reality of war.





KOPRODUKTION: Berlin Documentary Forum – HKW/ Berlin, dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel and The 2010 Spalding gray Award (Performing Space 122 in New York, The Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburg, On the Boards in Seattle and the Walker art Center in Minneapolis).











after the performance

Moderation: SANDRA NOETH










Rabih Mroué would like to thank: Lina Saneh, Elias Khoury, Tony Chakar, Jalal Toufic, Sarmad Louis, Hito Steyerl, Elia Suleiman, Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas, Walid Raad, Bilal Khbeiz, Yousef  Tohme, Paul Khodr, Christine Tohme, Manal Khader, Ziad Nawfal, Bernard Khoury, Stefan Tarnowski, Feyrouz Serhal, Raseel Hadjian and Jowe Harfouche.

Also thanks to Berlin Documentary Forum (BDF) – HKW, Berlin, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut Art Center.




Rabih Mroué, born in Beirut in 1967, is actor, director, author and ranks among the most important Lebanese contemporary artists. He is also editor of the Lebanese magazines Kalamon and The Drama Review, as well as co-founder and board member of the Beirut Art Center Association (BAC). Rabih Mroué works at the interface of performance and visual arts. His productions deal with the political situation in Lebanon and frequently combine everyday real material with self-created fictive narration. Rabih Mroué frequently works with Lina Majdalanie. His performances, such as The Inhabitants of Images (2008), Photo-Romance (2009), 33 Rounds and a few seconds (2012) as well as most recently Riding on a cloud (2014), have been represented at theaters and festivals around the world. His work The Pixelated Revolution (2012) was displayed at Documenta 13. 2016 he opens the Wiesbaden Biennale with his new piece So little time.




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