Listening Session: May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth

Dia:Chelsea, April 22, 2022

Friday, April 22, 4–6 pm

Dia Chelsea
537 West 22nd Street
New York, New York

New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies is hosting an in-person, two-day conference from April 21–22 to conclude its Global Uprising series that began in fall 2020. The conference closes with a listening session hosted by Dia Art Foundation that explores the intersections between sound, performance, and uprising. In conversation with Fred Moten and Alia al-Sabi, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme will present a series of collected recordings, performances, and sound compositions from their project May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth (2020– ), co-commissioned by Dia and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The online project launched on December 10, 2020, with Postscript: after everything is extracted, a reflection on the act of mourning. Part II of the project, which launched on March 5, 2022, is an expansion of the digital platform and features the artists’ extensive collection of online recordings of people singing and dancing in communal spaces in Iraq, Palestine, and Syria. These are layered with new performances created with dancer Rima Baransi and electronic musicians Haykal, Julmud, and Makimakkuk, from Palestine.

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