Beirut: Bodies in Public

A three-day workshop inviting artists and researchers to think through the interdisciplinary concerns surrounding performance in public space in Beirut


Beirut: Bodies in Public is a three-day workshop inviting artists and researchers to think through the interdisciplinary concerns surrounding performance in public space in the city. It is free to attend, and open to all.

It incorporates 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, will function as a mobile hub for discussion and encounter, and the artists will produce an original live performance in response to the conference experience, to take place on the final day.

Workshop dates: 9th – 11th October 2014  

Location: American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon) and other locations in the city

Beirut: Bodies in Public takes place in association with Performance Philosophy, an international research network. It is 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 is made possible by the generous support of Prof Cornelia Krafft (AUB, FAAH) and Prof Mona Harb (AUB, Dept. Architecture and Design) in our hosting departments.





About the convenors

Ella Parry-Davies is a PhD candidate funded by King’s College London, through a joint doctoral partnership between King’s and the National University of Singapore. She is also co-convenor of a student-led research development programme funded by the King’s Graduate School, called Research with Reach: Valuing ideas beyond the academe. Her doctoral research is based in performance studies, interrogating the relationship between performance and the cognitive sciences, particularly with regard to questions of remembrance and forgetting.

Eliesh S.D. is a graduate Architect from the Lebanese University of Beirut (Lebanon) – School of Fine Art II. He completed the Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture & Sustainable Development (MAS ADD) from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) and Ecole National Supérieure en Architecture de Toulouse (ENSAT). He is the founder of the NGO “Organisation De Développement Durable” (ODDD) in Beirut.

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