Desirak, kristalezko bolak eta museoa = Deseos, bolas de cristal y el museo = Desires, crystal balls and the museum

Desirak, kristalezko bolak eta museoa = Deseos, bolas de cristal y el museo = Desires, crystal balls and the museum

The will to institute is often related to desire, to collective desires, to creating desire-based reasons for action. By involving notions of survival, of care and of love, of emotional involvement and of over-identification, of political engagement, of wishful thinking, of failure and conflict, this talk will revolve around the relevance of forms of organizing and of instituting in Cairo and elsewhere, by sharing some insights into the practice of Beirut and the Imaginary School Program. Beirut (2012-2015) was an art initiative considering institution building as a curatorial act. During its existence Beirut presented a year-round public program of exhibitions, events, research and educational activities at its residential premise - a 1940’s villa surrounded by a disheveled garden - in Agouza, Cairo. The Imaginary School Program was an educational project spanning art practice, philosophy, cultural and political theory. Comprised of workshops, lectures, fieldtrips, reading groups and other hybrid activities, the program provided a space for critical reflection on institutions and forms of organizing with the aim to collectively understand how they can manifest and articulate their political potential. It took place in Cairo from September 2014 to May 2015. (Lecture in english)