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⥁ TREES TURNED TO STONES, ZONA D, DIE VERTRAUTE WELT, CHEMNITZ
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⥁ TREES TURNED TO STONES is a virtual forest intervention. A group of people listened and followed my voice and left a letter to a stranger around Teufelsbrücken / Devil’s Bridge in Zeisgwald (Siskin) forest between stones and trees.



PARA GARDENS, GEOTHE INSTITUTE AMMAN
A COLLABORATION WITH ELIZA GOLDOX

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PARA GARDENS is a digital durface that visualises the erotic aspect of our ecological existence. Being alive is an erotic process that requires transforming the self through contact with other organisms. There is the desire to be touched, to be connected, to be alive within the natural system. The disregard of those needs lies at the core of the global crisis and the belief that the world is a dead mechanism controlled by economic effciency.




SILENT SPRING, RESIDENCY AT INTERNET OF THINGS, DARAT Al FUNUN
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During my residency at «The Internet of Things (IOT): another world is possible», curated by Joud Al Tamimi, Feras Shehadeh and Reem Marji, I started the «SILENT SPRING» project which looks at life within screens and absent algorithms. Reflecting on our current state of suspension, immobility and information overload. The project experiments with online generative tools to see what a rearrangement of what is already there can say? when existence is constant labor, can technological tools do the 'work' for us? You can learn more about it here.

Moonsighting video stills.

moonsighting, video still, 2020

Moonsighting was delivered as a live youtube performance during the residency at IOT.  It reflects on the role of the body in seeing and making sense of the world. It uses online generative tools and 3D models to question structures of transparency. It is an invitaion to peel back layers of sense and comprehensibility to see what remains. 

IOT Project Zine: «TEMPORAL SLIPS, EXTENDED THRESHOLDS | انزلاقات زمنية، عتبات ممتدة»




REESH HANEM: AN AI MIMICKING HUMANS/A HUMAN MIMICKING AI, EXPERIMENT
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Reesh Hanem is an ongoing experiment started during «Qayyem», a 6 month program in Curatorial studies. It began as an engagement with a chatbot to teach it how to mimic my writing behaviour. It then evolved into a live interactive performance with users in collaboration with the algorithm. The experiment explores how we can understand and potentially reconfigure our relationship to technology when the boundaries of authorship are blurred. Reesh also explores notions of immaterial labour and deception.

Workshop:        (May, 2020) Internet of Things / Darat Al Funun, Amman. 


Performance:    (Jan, 2020) Vorspiel / Transmediale, Berlin.
                        (Feb, 2020) HYBRID Art Fair, Madrid.

 




 (2019) LIQUID ENTITIES , EXHIBITION | DARAT AL FUNUN, AMMAN
A COLLABORATION WITH ELIZA GOLDOX

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«Liquid Entities» traces the life of a stream of water that once existed in Amman. Through video, text, sound and found material the work simulates the life of a buried stream of water (al-Seil), the womb of a fish and imaginations for the future.

The starting point of the exhibition was the stream that used to pass by the city of Amman and was later covered according to a government decision. In a way it tries to imagine an alternative future for the city through the lens of different women living in it.

During the research phase, we organised a workshop aimed at creating a space for multiple narratives. Participants were taken on a trip to trace the life of (al-seil) and to engage with mythology and fiction to imagine different past, present and future possibilies. We were thinking of how we can experience ourselves less as isolated entities and more as fluid bodies that dissolve in complex circulation. The same way our bodies record and get affected by what they swallow, water retains our most anthropomorphic secrets, even those that we would rather keep hidden.

  


(2019) THEY DON’T SPEAK OF THE FISH BUT OF THE TIGER IN THE MIRROR, WORKSHOP
A COLLABORATION WITH ELIZA GOLDOX

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A 3-day workshop that enages with the theme of myth and collective imagining. It raises the questions of how can we connect with the rivers we once knew? What can the river of stone tell us about its life or about the bodies of water that remember it?

«Liquid Entities» exhibition was proceded by this workshop during which participants was invited to rethink the city of Amman by engaging with myth and fiction. Some of the activities that were done during the workshop include tracing the buried stream of water, film screenings, readings and writings.



(2019) UMMEZEIN, LECTURE PERFORMANCE | DARAT AL FUNUN, AMMAN
A COLLABORATION WITH JOUD AL TAMIMI

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A lecture-performance that draws on sonic heritage and rituals from the Tunisian coast (Sahel), to summon the myth of “Um Ezzein”- connecting female voices from the past, present and future.



(2019) VOICES FROM THE INTERIOR, 360° VIDEO
A COLLABORATION WITH ELIZA GOLDOX

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Is a mixed reality intervention with VR glasses. It uses the park of the national gallery in Amman as its main ground.  The concrete structure of the park appears in the 360° video as a bridge or a plateau that floats on water. It represents the back of a fish named Bahamut, which is described in Arabic cosmography as the fish that carries the world on her back.  We imagine the forgotten and buried river of Amman reappear in the site and flow from the past to the future. Bahamut represents femininity and worldliness and connects the female voices, who were  interviewed about their future and that of the city.

The work was experienced through a series of public intervention. When the work is explored it will offer the viewer the chance to imagine a different reality and future for the city that goes beyond its socially constructed inhabitations.



(2019) RE-IMAGINIG LUNA, 360° VIDEO
A COLLABORATION WITH ELIZA GOLDOX

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«Re-imagining Luna» is a social virtual project that attempts to re-imagine King Abdullah Gardens – an abandoned entertainment and amusement theme park in Amman.

The 360° work consists of 3 digital stages which reconstruct the park based on street interviews with participants on their imaginations of the virtual future of the site. It raises the question of how one can see the future in the form of a community without abandoning difference? Through re-approachi ng the site and exploring it collectively, one can say that the concept of ‘commoning’ is represented here by a specific world-making process that relies on a subjective understanding of the world.

The work attempts to suggest a new form of social order that relies on listening as a way of participating in changing the narrative of an abandoned site. LUNA is an autonomous “nervous system” that embraces and comments on the conditions of the current day social body. A social body observed to be disconnected from its desire.

Reimagining Luna was tested in downtown Amman as part of a community and public intervention program «AMMA FI AMMAN». The VR experience immersed the participant into an atmospheric reality which gave a space for sensation and reflection. The viewers were invited to be activated in stillness and observation. 



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(2019) WALKING ON DRY GROUND, VIDEO A COLLABORATION WITH SYLBEE KIM, SANDY BECKER & ELIZA GOLDOX, ‘AMMA FI AMMAN’, ZONA D


A video collage produced to be placed inside and outside «Re-imagining Luna» - a 360 work expereinced through VR glasses. The work added complexity and acted a bridge between the virtual and real worlds. The video collage is made to connect to  the physical and psychological sense of joy and relief. This element has double function: projected in the real world, it invites the viewers to experience ‘Re-imagining Luna’. Within the VR world, it is inserted to the final stage of ‘Re-imagining Luna’ as a rewarding experience after the journey and reestablish the connection to the real world.

(2019) IF DAYS WERE PAGE, MOVING STRIP
A COLLABORATION WITH SYLBEE KIM, SANDY BECKER & ELIZA GOLDOX, ‘AMMA FI AMMAN’, ZONA D


«If Days were Pages» took a graffiti in Arabic as its source, found at the King Abdullah Gardens. It reads “If days were pages we write together, why is it hard for us to understand a single line?” Toogether with the collaborating artists we perceived the lines to deliver the process and experience of commoning. The line was transformed into a moving text strip to revive the message from the abandoned park to the urban environment of downtown Amman.




(2019) A/DELAYED LETTER/S, PERFORMANCE, ALEXANDRIA
A COLLABORATION WITH NOOR ABED & LILA NAZEMIAN

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A performance that narrates the story of three different characters who are in constant struggle of identifying themselves. The audience get to experience the characters internal monologue and how it relates to the way they are perceived by a lover. The latter is revealed through written letter(s). The performance  attempts to dismantle the urge to control agency when it comes to dealing with digital technologies. This is shown though a dialogue that is created based on a machine algorithmic logic leaving the audience on the line between reality and fiction.




(2019) UNCHARTED STAGE, VIDEO
A COLLABORATION WITH FELLIPE VERGANI, ELIZA GOLDOX, NICOLA KOTTERL & ABDULLAH SHARW

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A video installation that reflects on privileged identity, border politics and the basic psychological urge to move. It asks: how we can leave without leaving and how can we arrive without arriving? How can we create a space, that is challenging the concept of time and geography and still be in an on-going dialogue?

> (2019) MACAM Biennale: Universal Data, Lebanon


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