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ACI-Surfing with... Aseel AlYaqoub  -  24.02.2021 6pm (CET) / 8 pm (AST)

 

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This time we will have an insight into Kuwaiti society from the perspective of a Kuwaiti artist. A very exciting topic, considering the special role Kuwait plays in the Gulf region, due to its turbulent history triggered by decolonization and the invasion of Iraqi troops and the resulting second Gulf War.

Art Claims Impulse invites you to a personal informal evening. Get to know people from art, philosophy, urbanism and other inspiring fields. Spend an evening with the invited people, during which you are taken along on a surfing trip and introduced to aspects of their internet world. Which trends, ideas or projects caught their attention lately? What do they find interesting to share with other people?

Come along on a 2h trip, both inspiring and entertaining.




Aseel AlYaqoub (b. 1986, Kuwait) is an artist who works across the disciplines of history, architecture and cultural identity theory. Her practice is concerned with themes of nationhood, state apparatuses and collective nostalgia to discern why some historical elements fit well within the national narrative whilst others are deliberately forgotten. Using an ever-growing collection of found objects, documents and media, her work explores the construct of new nations such as Kuwait. Through video, drawing, installation and printmaking, she documents the nation’s processes of self-identification and state-making – that happened within pressure-cooker conditions – post-imperial dissolution and re-attachment.

 

Language, Search Engines and the Limitations of Digital Archives:

 

Indoctrination: https://www.facebook.com/338341469899357/videos/384167146340497

 

mIRC: https://twitter.com/nasir_alarbash/status/1133497310619602944/photo/1

 

Arabic Keyboard: http://www.arabic-keyboard.org/

 

Yamli Keyboard: https://www.yamli.com/editor/ar/

 

ACI Surfing (bad spelling): https://www.facebook.com/12aciberlin/photos/gm.442131123804808/3839161926205159

يا بلادي نحن في الحرب سيفا وقنا

 

(Work) Mother Tongue, 2013: https://aseelalyaqoub.tumblr.com/page/2

 

Search queries: Lost in Translation: https://www.kuwait-history.net/vb/showthread.php?t=7735

 

Search queries: Lost without Verification: https://q8-2009.blogspot.com/2016/08/blog-post_11.html

 

Search queries in Arabic vs English: Saddam Hussein ‘The Arab’s Sword’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZmLX-Nm4Wg

 

Digital Archive: Jameel Library: http://library.jameelartscentre.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?q=Kuwait

 

Digital Archive: Books 4 Arabs: https://tinyurl.com/3lv8nw2g

 

Digital Archive: Jstor collection of Kuwait history: https://tinyurl.com/bn7vujpv

 

Digital Visual Archive - Institutional: Arab Image Foundation: http://arabimagefoundation.com/

 

Digital Visual Archive - Middle East Archive (Darah Ghanem): https://www.instagram.com/middleeastarchive/?hl=en

 

Digital Visual Archive - Eduqate: https://www.instagram.com/eduqate/?hl=en

 

Acquiring an archive: https://www.instagram.com/q.8.book/?hl=en

 

Self-Archiving: AlKuwait Magazine: (desktop)

 

 

Histography as Process:

 

The World Today: Imagined Communities (3:08 – 5:31) (20:06 – 25:30):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15nqjGCAqd4

 

Walid Raad’s Spectral Archive, Part I: Histography as Process: https://www.e-flux.com/journal/69/60594/walid-raad-s-spectral-archive-part-i-historiography-as-process/

 

History of the Middle East: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIADs7Ct-Q&t=601s

 

Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades PS1 MoMa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7U-pqjdHIY

 

Tribal Roots Map: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kgiHHNQwkTw/Un6hgYzs5TI/AAAAAAAAMUM/ORgkdCZmtiU/s1600/5_zpsd87afbff.jpg

 

Taleb AlNaqeeb (Khaldoun AlNaqeeb Archives): https://www.khaldounalnaqeeb.com/en/photos.jsp?album=photos-alnaqeeb

 

Edward Said on Orientalism (32:43 – 35:23): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVC8EYd_Z_g&t=479s

 

Kuwait’s first delegation trip to London (1919): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQBBgda7wBA

 

Kuwait border history: https://www.zum.de/whkmla/histatlas/arabworld/haxkuwait.html

 

Qatar Digital Library - Kuwait Affairs 1920: https://www.qdl.qa/en/archive/81055/vdc_100079444616.0x000002

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwait%E2%80%93Saudi_Arabia_border#/media/File:Map_to_show_the_Limits_of_Kuwait_and_Adjacent_Country_(1913).jpg

 

 

(Work) Frenemies 2017: https://aseelalyaqoub.com/Frenemies

 

 

 

The Making of a National Pedigree:

 

Kuwait by John Feeney (1974): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAMt2y-P2bk&t=7s

 

Sehnsucht: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sehnsucht

 

(Work) Popular Games, 2015: https://kalimatmagazine.com/Art-of-Destruction-Culture-Heritage-an-interview-with-Aseel-Alyacoub

 

Times of Interregnum – Zygmunt Bauman: (desktop)

 

Kuwait A Dream Suspended – A rare documentary film about Kuwait in the 80s (10:00 - 13:36): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUdL2NfGVe4&t=568s

 

 

Kuwait’s Military Genealogy:

 

Edward Said Conversation with Bill Moyers (4:40 – 6:31): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI6mjFL80xE

 

Ala Younis – Tin Soldiers: https://alayounis.art/TinSoldiers

 

Kuwait history of wars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_Kuwait

 

History of Kuwait’s Military (Arabic): https://sites.google.com/site/k8today/kwpast/aljysh-alkwyty

 

To Tell the Truth – Commander of the Arab Legion (3:51): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yojFerw5aGo

 

Selected Originals - Jordan's Arab Legion Parade (1954) (4:25): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usSuoFOLqaQ

 

Glubb Pasha Flies Home (1956): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf9_yzfDeKY

 

From “Of mimicry and man: The ambivalence of colonial discourse”: https://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/bhabha/mimicry.html

 

Lyrebird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSB71jNq-yQ

 

Kuwait 1961 – Border Build Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj_r4EGxFQ0

 

Konrad Lorenz (Imprinting): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGyfcBfSj4M

 

What is the British Military doing in Kuwait? Force TV (0:53-2:16): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxuzqgaoKWY&list=PL-DfbBxpf56B5H00RP589cgCPMbORd11A&index=24

Work) Mimic Men 2019: https://aseelalyaqoub.com/Mimic-Men

 

1970s Kuwait Military Performance:

Snake eating (12:00)

Sky stunts (21:10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJjiR8O_t8c&list=PL-DfbBxpf56B5H00RP589cgCPMbORd11A&index=4

 

National Guard Kuwait: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW-pw2yZ1MA&list=PL-DfbBxpf56BdrVcLVOo_ubFdF_BUaC5a&index=5

 

(Work) Graduation Ceremony 2020-2021: https://aseelalyaqoub.com/Graduation-Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

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