November 25 | 06:00PM - 07:00PM
Raafat Majzoub is an artist, writer and strategist. He lectures at the Architecture and Design department at the American University of Beirut, and directs The Khan: The Arab Association for Prototyping Cultural Practices, a think tank developing alternative political systems through strategic research, fiction and education. In his practice, he aims to expand what is considered real and possible. He is the co-founder of the Beirut-based The Outpost magazine, where he published two literary supplements: The Perfumed Garden (novella) and L’Origine(s) du Monde (illustrated children’s book with artist Joan Baz). His writing has been published in recto:verso, Perpetual Postponement, antiAtlas Journal, Contemporary Theatre Review, and Al-Akhbar newspaper. He has presented papers and artist lectures focused on worldbuilding and speculative fiction in the Beirut Art Center, École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, and Kaaitheater in Brussels. His public art installations have been exhibited in Beirut, Cairo, Jerusalem, Amman, Brussels, and Cambridge, and he participated in the NSK Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale, Drodesera XXXVII Supercontinent, and the Nature public program in Brussels.
Raafat contributes with a manifestation of “a closeup on the sound of blooming” in collaboration with Tala Salman and Julia Saab.
First broadcasted in Sonic Dawn, a public programme by Aleppo for Homo Novus festival in Riga, 2019, 'A closeup on the sound of blooming' attempted to enable the impossible task of involving the artist in the process of reinstatement of 70 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem demolished by the IDF on 22/07/2019. Through a radio broadcast to Palestine mediated by Hekmat, a fictional character, the organizers of the programme, and a Whatsapp group, the artist attempts to court and mend the land using the sound of retracing what has been taken away from it.