Whitebox Art Center will host a multi-media event generated in collaboration with KafLab. Unveiled will combine music, performance, technology and readings. This response to cultural and political complexities in the Middle East— will take place on the closing of Beyond the Cloth: The Kafiye Project.
Starting with acoustic and traditional Arab musical forms of the oud (Hadi Eldebek) and acoustic guitar (Plus Aziz) juxtaposing with an exploration of improvised drawing and experimental sound (Kevork Mourad) raw interaction of words and music hip hop/spoken word/postmodernist African American youth culture (organized and led by Chris Carr).
Ferrán Martín’s performative use of fire and wood — highlighting destruction as a process inherent to civilization— is an experience of transformation in time informed by rituals native to the Western Mediterranean Basin.
Rosalinda González’s musical performance of an original composition — for electric violin, mattress needles and cymbals— is inspired by female protesters in Egypt. The two-channel video projection ties into iconoclastic suppression of Christianity in the region.
Pasha Radetzki’s HUEWOMANITY in conjunction with the U.N. MOM Committee and its Digitala sub-committee explores the possibility of progress in contemporary children’s rights today — particularly in Syria.
Interactive installation by Igor Molochevski and Ella Averbukh — The Silent Prayer of Magnetic Field, for which Ella will create — in real-time— a canvas of yarn embedded with magnetic components following geometric patterns related to the Kafiye. A real-time analysis of the magnetic field generated by her movements will create musical composition.
Music and performances will be punctuated with live readings by Anthony Hayden-Guest’s referent to his days covering for the British Press the Civil War in Lebanon in relation to today’s situation. Erum Naqvi will introduce the event while providing a framework extrapolated from her writings on globalization and contemporary aesthetics.