www.beirutartcenter.org/en/about — Beirut Art Center (bac) is a non-profit association, space and platform dedicated to experimental art in Beirut, Lebanon. Beirut Art Center was initiated by Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige in 2009. The aim of Beirut Art Center is to produce, present and contextualize local and international art researches and cultural practices in a space that is (...)www.beirutartcenter.org/en/about — Beirut Art Center (bac) is a non-profit association, space and platform dedicated to experimental art in Beirut, Lebanon. Beirut Art Center was initiated by Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige in 2009. The aim of Beirut Art Center is to produce, present and contextualize local and international art researches and cultural practices in a space that is open and active all year long and not requiring any entrance fees.
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Si Di Kubi Public Recording Sessions #2

[Beirut • Lebanon]

 

As written by curator Hicham Khalidi for the Sharjah Biennal’s exhibition in Beirut Art Center, “French/Algerian artist Mohamed Bourouissa has initiated a platform with other artists from Paris and Beirut, including DJ SINA, musician Sharif Sehnaoui, photographer Dorine Potel, architect Tony Chakar and artist Ghida Bahsoun. Together they collaborate on ongoing music compilations that directly question the neoliberal mechanisms behind music production, proposing a more collaborative and open-sourced approach to cultural ownership.

 

Each of the albums has a theme that relates to language, gentrification and the economy, and will be distributed back to the informal circuits of production and exchange.”

 

The monthly public recordings that take place within the artist’s instillation in turn become part of their permanent musical collection, expanding the musical repertoire they already provide their audience to interact with and appropriate.

Recorded by Mohamed Bourouissa

Si Di Kubi Public Recording Sessions #1

[Beirut • Lebanon]

 

As written by curator Hicham Khalidi for the Sharjah Biennal’s exhibition in Beirut Art Center, “French/Algerian artist Mohamed Bourouissa has initiated a platform with other artists from Paris and Beirut, including DJ SINA, musician Sharif Sehnaoui, photographer Dorine Potel, architect Tony Chakar and artist Ghida Bahsoun. Together they collaborate on ongoing music compilations that directly question the neoliberal mechanisms behind music production, proposing a more collaborative and open-sourced approach to cultural ownership.

 

Each of the albums has a theme that relates to language, gentrification and the economy, and will be distributed back to the informal circuits of production and exchange.”

 

The monthly public recordings that take place within the artist’s instillation in turn become part of their permanent musical collection, expanding the musical repertoire they already provide their audience to interact with and appropriate.

Recorded by Mohamed Bourouissa

[Beirut • Lebanon]

 

Conceived as an active working session, Beirut Art Center became the setting for a dialogue between four agents of the engaged art scene, each of a different title and belonging to a unique institutional project built from scratch. This exchange of ideas offers simultaneously an introduction to these distinct art institutions and a preparation to their reinvention through dialogue, be they established from a collective or governmental effort as they nonetheless depend solely on private funding. It is often artists who have the impetus to provide platforms and public projects for a given local artistic scene though with the condition to pass the established network to professionals and to open the floor to different outsiders and generations.

 

Contributors: Marie Muracciole, directress of Beirut Art Center, Pooja Soud, directress de Khoj, Dehli, India; Mats Stjernstedt, former director of Kunstnernes Hus à Oslo, Norway, director de Malmo Kunsthalle, Lamia Joreige, artist et co-founder of Beirut Art Center.

Recording by Beirut Art Center.