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Event - Port Fiction
redeem  رديم  
22nd October - 9th December 2023

PORT FICTION is an interdisciplinary artistic research project on the relationship between the port cities of Beirut and Hamburg. On a multimedia website, the works of all different artists are interwoven into a collective overall composition. In the fall of 2023, the project will be presented for the first time in Hamburg. As part of an exhibition at Imagine the City Gästezimmer and a series of events at Kunsthaus Hamburg, the website will be made accessible to the public at both locations.

In August 2020, a massive explosion destroyed the port of Beirut and devastated large parts of the city. Nearly 300 people were killed, almost 300,000 left homeless. After the catastrophe, the Lebanese government blatantly failed to support its people. Instead, living conditions continued to deteriorate due to hyperinflation and the pandemic. To date, nobody has been held responsible for the event. After the explosion, a group of artists from Beirut and Hamburg began to reinvestigate their personal relationship with the port. Based on an understanding that the two cities cannot be compared, they nevertheless asked: How are they linked to each other, where do they touch?

21.10.2023  6 pm Opening at IMAGINE THE CITY
24.11.2023 6 pm Artist Talk with a guest (tba) followed by a concert at 8 pm with Nour Sokhon at Kunsthaus Hamburg
25.11.2023 4 pm Reading-Session with texts from PORT FICTION at IMAGINE THE CITY
9.12.2023 6 pm Filmscreening "EDL" with filmmaker Siska at Kunsthaus Hamburg

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︎ Locations: IMAGINE THE CITY, Kunsthaus Hamburg
︎ Format: in person with online interventions  

PORT FICTION is the work of Myriam Boulos, Moritz Frischkorn, Robin Hinsch, Ibrahim Nehme, Siska, Nour Sokhon and Kolja Warnecke. Kaya Behkalam and Katharina Joy Book supported the artistic process from a dramaturgical point of view. The website has been composed by all artists collectively.

The project is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from NEUSTART KULTUR – the rescue and future-oriented package for the fields in arts and culture, financed by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). The exhibition and event series are funded by Susanne und Michael Liebelt Stiftungsfond under the roof of Hamburgische Kulturstiftung e.V.

Event - Public show 2
redeem  رديم  
29th March - 22nd April 2023

At Memphis, redeem رديم will present a selection of works produced between 2020-2022 in the form of a group exhibition accompanied by a two-day program. Setareh Shahbazi revisited her image collection We Passed by and You Were Not There (2011/2021) after ten years on the occasion of redeem's  رديم event series in Berlin in 2021. This is also when and where Franziska Pierwoss premiered her video work Mad3oum – Value in a State of Economic Crisis (2021), and Lore D Selys assembled her Notes between Two Buildings/Sets/States (2021) inspired by her collective research shared with others under the umbrella of Jamaal El Malaak (ongoing). Beyond that, we are thrilled to share a number of so far unreleased works, including the sonic testimonial Down by the Pit of the Throat by Yalda Younes and the four-track vinyl release Mutaradim by Siska-K6 and Felix Claßen. The show will conclude on 21 & 22.04.2023 with a performance by Zeina Hanna, a talk by

Jamaal El Malaak, and a film screening program followed by a Q&A with the organizers Jens Maier-Rothe and Siska.

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︎ Location: Memphis in Linz - Austria
︎ Format: in person with online interventions  

Podcast 4                                                               24´56´´
Raed Yassin rec. live session                      رائد ياسين جلسة مسجّلة
Performed on August 28th 2021

Recorded live session podcast by Raed Yassin

Raed Yassin (born 1979, Beirut) is an artist and musician. He graduated from the theater department at the Institute of Fine Arts in Beirut in 2003, and since then has developed his conceptual practice through multiple mediums such as video, sound, photography, text, sculpture and performance. Yassin’s work often originates from an examination of his personal narratives and their position within a collective history, through the lens of consumer culture and mass production. He was a resident artist at De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2008-2010), the Delfina Foundation, London (2010 & 2014), Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2015), and is a recipient of the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2012). As a musician, he is one of the organizers of the Irtijal Festival for Experimental Music (Beirut), and has released several solo music albums, as well as part of groups such as “A” Trio and PRAED. In 2009, he founded his independent music label Annihaya. Raed currently lives between Berlin and Beirut.

Commissioned by redeem رديم
Performed on August 28th 2021 in Haus Der Statistik 

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︎Format: Recorded live session podcast

Podcast 3                                                               17´45´´
Mad3oum value in a state of economic crisis                                                                      مدعوم
Released on February 20th 2022

Participatory research podcast by Franziska Pierwoß 

"Mad3oum - value in a state of economic crisis" is a co-commissioned podcast by Franziska Pierwoss centered around the notion of value in a failing economy, focusing on questions of food consumption in Lebanon today. The idea for the project emerged in the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion in August 2020 and the subsequent worsening of the economic crisis in Lebanon. With a food economy dependent on foreign imports, Lebanon is currently forced to re-discover its potential as an agricultural actor; but what forms of agriculture and vending models will prove sustainable in this crisis?

The video Mad3oum, originally commissioned by Temporary Art Platform TAP in 2021, was also exhibited at Haus der Statistik from 27th - 28th August 2021, as part of redeem´s public show. 

Co-commissioned by redeem رديم

Music by Christian Blumberg 

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︎click to watch Mad3oum video (TAP) 
︎Format: Participatory research podcast

Podcast 2                                               11´40´´
Down by the pit of the throat                     عند حفرة الحلق
Released on March 10th 2022

Sonic testimonial by Yalda Younes

“My first attempt at working with sound without hammering my feet onto the ground, is an intuitive exploration of my throat cavity, on an evening when I was sick at home in Beirut.

Inflamed by a stubborn allergy induced by remains of glass dust, my vocal cords rebelled in full disobedience, sometimes withdrawing into total silence, other times, dissociating words from sound, and sound from control. Unsettled by the discord between thoughts, mouth and ears, I wanted to record the experience, before it vanished as abruptly as it appeared. I wanted to be able to come back to it after my voice clears out and dissipates the noise, that scraping noise, which urgently interrupts the normality of words. So I used my phone to record some random thoughts, alongside breathing techniques which I practiced to decongest my sinuses and try to regain, or perhaps lose, my familiar voice.

Hovering around body silencing, fragmentation and mourning deprivation, Down By the Pit of the Throat is an intimate sonic testimonial that reflects on the obsoleteness of discourse in the face of perpetual tragedies.”

Text, recording and composing Yalda Younes
Mixing Khyam Allami

Commissioned by redeem رديم

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︎Format: Sonic testimonial