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Fortnightly Seminars held on alternate Thursdays at 6 pm

As part of its educational and outreach program, Beirut Art Center is holding a series of seminars that will introduce students, amateurs and art professionals to philosophical concepts that enhance understanding of contemporary art. The seminars, held every two weeks on a Thursday in order that participants have time to read and digest texts, will be held by Fares Chalabi and other invited speakers. The seminars will be interactive working sessions: an opportunity to engage with and finally engage important philosophical tools outlined by post-modern philosophers.

General Introduction

The aim of this series of talks is twofold:

- First, to present the aesthetic system of Deleuze as exposed in his books Cinema 1 and Cinema 2, and other writings such as The Logic of Sensation. Through reading of a number of texts and the uncovering of the conceptual system presented by Deleuze will allow us to extract a conceptual tool in order to assess local thought, or the thought of locality. In fact, or as a choice, we can read Deleuze’s books on cinema as an essay, maybe one of the first, in conceptual geo-politics, or the attempt to understand a specific place, such as a country, in terms of its sensori-motor organization. One of the topics Deleuze confronts is the specificity of an Italian, French, Canadian, or Russian cinema. The specificity of such a cinema helps reflect on the aesthetic organization of these places, and the aesthetic organization is in itself necessarily related to the politics and forces governing these places.

- Second, to displace Deleuze’s conceptual tools in order to grasp the specificity of Lebanon: How would we define the aesthetic organization of Lebanon; and how does this relate to its political system? To achieve this, we will confront a number of Lebanese artists, cinematographers, architects, philosophers, and theoreticians in order to build a reading grid, which takes into account the elements specific to this place. In other words, this will be an attempt to open and expand the theoretical space required to connect and enrich the actual space/entity we call Lebanon.


Seminar 1: Political and Poetical Readings

Thursday October 18, 2012 at 6 pm

In this session, we will start with the conclusion reached in Barthe's Mythologies, where ideological and poetical readings of objects is brought to an unresolvable opposition. We will then move to survey a number of concepts introduced by Foucault to solve this opposition. We will focus on Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison and other texts from Foucault's lessons at the College de France.
At last Fares Chalabi will introduce the general scope and layout of this series of seminars.

Fares Chalabi was born in Beirut in 1977, where he studied philosophy and architecture. Admiring the French contemporary philosophers, such as Deleuze and Foucault, he decided to continue his studies in Paris 8. Chalabi left Beirut in 2003 to live in Paris until 2005 obtaining his Masters 1 degree. From 2005 until 2007 he lived in Indonesia and worked for the Red Cross on the post tsunami relief program. Back in Paris in 2008 he finished his Masters 2 degree and enrolled in a PhD program. Today Chalabi lives in Beirut where he teaches philosophy (AUB) and art theory (ALBA).


Full Registration (14 seminars): 75 000 LL
Single Seminar: 10 000 LL

Language: English
Places are limited, so we advise you to register in advance
via email: info@beirutartcenter.org
or telephone: 01 397 018

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