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  • Monday Jan 28 2013 from 02:00 pm until 08:30 pm
  • Tuesday Jan 29 2013 from 11:00 am until 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday Jan 30 2013 from 11:00 am until 08:30 pm
  • Jisr el Wati, Street 90 Building 110, 1st Floor (next to Beirut Art Center), Beirut, Lebanon
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Parallel Modernities | A Sweet Sixties Conference in Cooperation with Ashkal Alwan, Beirut

We are happy to invite you to Parallel Modernities: A Sweet Sixties Conference in cooperation with Ashkal Alwan, at Home Workspace from Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th January. Language: English.


During the 1960s, the landscapes and cities of protectorates and former colonies from India to the Maghreb, from the Soviet Republics to the new states in the Southern hemisphere are replete with the spirit and forms of Modernity. Forms that transmogrify, and then dissolve into the thin air of the vernacular. The star-maps that are used to survey these artificial worlds often serve to navigate the boundaries between private and public domains.

The world is full of eerie displacements, gestures of the uncanny, and the constellation of the real exists in a plethora of doubled forms. Question marks, meanderings, rows of numbers, and persons of the line belong to the inventory at hand. Communication machines emerge and shut themselves up before they have the chance to become immaterial and disappear and corrode in Post-modernity.

The world of the sixties echoes a spirit of emancipation, is full of double agents: diasporas bring their academies; the streams between Soviet, North and South American, Western European, Non-Aligned etc. are full of interlocutions, hidden pathways and narratives of trade routes beyond the seemingly stable hegemonies of the blocks.

This shifted the idea of Modernity that had often emerged in the global bourgeoisies of the early 20th century, when traditional forms of culture had been appropriated and reinterpreted by various local modernist cultural projects and their nationalist or internationalist ideologies.

During the 60s one could see how the newly developing forms of urban culture were gaining a more horizontal character and filling the voids that had opened between the modernized, ideologized, politicized forms belonging to the verticals of “national cultures”. Inconspicuously, poses and gestures from private photo albums appear in the photographers’ studios of Vanity Fair; films from the Trikont appear, and popular music that echoes the Orient; a few modernist US-style houses are built in Beirut; a Yugoslav architect helps to build Algeria; mail art is shipped between the continents – the stories and spirits of a parallel avant-garde, whose silhouettes have yet to be found on the walls of the western canon, are the theme of this conference.


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2:00 pm
Welcome: Christine Tohme

2:15 pm
Introduction: Sweet Sixties
Georg Schöllhammer

Agents and Spectres

2:45 pm
Catherine Dossin | The Jeune Peinture and Third World Internationalism in Paris

3:15 pm
Jaime Vindel | An Operative Conceptualism: Factography and Counterinformation in the Argentinian Cultural Avant-Garde of the Sixties

3:45 pm
Tarek Elhaik | Rome: A Tri-Continental Film Culture?

4:15 pm
Discussion with Panellists moderated by Rasha Salti

5:00 pm
Coffee Break

5:45 pm
Kristine Khouri | Title to be announced

6:15 pm
Mohanad Yaqubi | Militant Cinema on Palestine

6:45 pm
Discussion with Panellists moderated by Georg Schöllhammer

29. 01. 2012

The Soviet International

11:00 am
Viktor Misiano | Soviet Modernization and the Voice of the Soil

11:30 am
Keti Chukhrov | Epistemological Gaps in the Transition of the Socialist East to Western Democracy

12:00 pm
Hrach Bayadyan | Reconsidering the 1960s

12:30 pm
Discussion with Panellists moderated by Georg Schöllhammer

1:15 pm
Lunch Break

3:00 pm
Rasha Salti | Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s until Now

3:30 pm
Boris Chukhovich | Modernism versus Orientalism: Discourses and Practices (Tashkent, Ashgabat, Casablanca, Chandigarh)

4:00 pm
Ruben Arevshatyan | ‘Save ‘Moskva’ or Rereading the Paradoxes of Soviet and Post-Soviet Armenian Public Consciousness’

4:30 pm
Discussion with Panellists moderated by WHW

30. 01. 2012

Translocal Modernities: Documents and Practices

11:00 am
Dubravka Sekulic | The Construction of Non-aligned Modernity: Energoprojekt and Zoran Bojovi?

11:30 am
Catarina Simao | Researching the Mozambique film archive: an ekphrastic practice

12:00 pm
Mohamed Elshahed | Egypt Builds

12:30 pm
Discussion with Panellists moderated by Ruben Arevshatyan

1:15 pm
Lunch Break

3:00 pm
Rayyane Tabet | Season's Greetings: An Annotated Postcard

3:30 pm
Matthijs de Bruijne | El Holandaman, Dutch Muslims in Argentina

4:00 pm
Discussion with Panellists moderated by Rasha Salti

4:45 pm
Coffee Break

5:30 pm
Ala Younis | Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence

6:00 pm
Nancy Adajania | Registers of Participation: Two Cultural Experiments in 1960s India with the Contemporary

6:30 pm
Discussion with Panellists moderated by Georg Schöllhammer

7:30 pm
Closing Remarks

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