Beirut: Bodies in Public was a three-day workshop inviting artists and researchers to think through the interdisciplinary concerns surrounding performance in public space in the city. It was free to attend, and open to all.
It incorporated research papers, discussions, performances, exhibited works and live interventions in and around open spaces in the city, as a means of enquiry and debate into the role of embodied practices in Beirut’s precarious public sites. Our seed-funded artist-in-residence project, Naked Wagon, functioned as a mobile hub for discussion and encounter, and the artists produced an original live performance in response to the conference experience, performed on the Corniche waterfront on the final day.
You can watch documentation of the event below, and follow our Facebook page for ongoing updates about the issues at hand, and more images from the workshop.
This website is no longer being updated, but hosts blog posts created in the run-up to the event, a full programme and list of participants.
Workshop dates: 9th – 11th October 2014
Location: American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon), and other locations in and around the city.
The workshop took place in association with Performance Philosophy, an international, independent research network. It was supported by King’s College London and by the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), the Department of Fine Arts and Art History (FAAH), the Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI), the Department of Architecture and Design and the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) at the American University of Beirut.
The workshop was made possible by the generous support of Prof Cornelia Krafft (AUB, FAAH) and Prof Mona Harb (AUB, Dept. Architecture and Design).