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Glaubst du Rania Mleihi Luftsteuer – OPENING Samstag, 13.4. Performance at 18:00

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In einer interaktiven Schaufenster Show reflektiert Rania Mleihi ihre private Situation in Bezug auf den derzeitigen Krieg in Syrien. Ausgehend von ihrer persönlichen Erfahrung beschreibt sie einen sehr spezifischen mentalen Zustand. Sie fragt, wie stark die Intensität des Erlebens und die persönliche Involviertheit vom INNEN oder AUSSEN abhängt. Wie funktioniert der menschliche Geist in Phasen der Isolation und im Ausnahmezustand? Wenn wir nur noch Eindrücke und Bilder aus der Vergangenheit zur Verfügung haben?

Die Schnittstelle zwischen ZuschauerIn und Performerin wird durch Rania Mleihis partizipative Taktik zur eigentlichen Plattform des gemeinsamen Erlebens.

Sie spielt bewusst mit der Reduktion der Mittel bei gleichzeitig starkem Fokus auf minimalste Handlungen, um eine intensive kollaborative Performance zu generieren.

 

Die Künstlerin hat das Projekt speziell für diesen Raum entwickelt. Die reaktive Installation thematisiert Angst und Otherness, um mit den anwesenden ZuschauerInnen eine Geschichte zu erzählen, die sich aus den Erlebnissen aller zusammensetzt.

“Glaubst du” handelt von uns allen an unterschiedlichen Standpunkten

 

Über die Künstlerin

Rania Mleihi wurde 1983 in Damaskus (Syrien) geboren, wo sie Theaterwissenschaft studierte. Ab 2003 war sie als Dramaturgin, Regiesseurin und Produzentin am syrischen National Theater tätig. 2008 gründete sie ihre Performing Arts Company, mit der sie an zahlreichen Festivals teilnahm, nicht nur im Nahen Osten, sondern weltweit, unter anderem dem OutGame Festival in Dänemark, dem Edinburgh Festival in Schottland und dem Luminato Festival in Canada.

 

In ihrem jüngsten Projekt InSight Syria, in dem Rania Mleihi selbst als Schauspielerin auftritt, thematisiert sie die syrische Revolution. 2012 wurde dieses dokumentarisches Theaterstück in München (Deutschland) uraufgeführt.

Ihrer Überzeugung nach birgt der menschlichen Körper und dessen Bewegung die Möglichkeit, Themen zu behandeln, denen Worte nicht gerecht werden können. Daher spielen verborgene menschliche Gefühle eine wichtige Rolle in ihren Arbeiten. Dabei vermeidet sie jedoch verallgemeinbare Aussagen. Indem sie dem Publikum ein Puzzle von Bildern anbietet, kann der/die ZuseherIn diese individuell in unterschiedlichen Formen  zusammenfügen.

The Syrian artist Rania Mleihi will be opening her first solo exhibition on the 13th April in Vienna at the new Viennese exhibition hall, Luftsteuer – showwindow project at Sechshauserstraße, 28 . 1150 Wien.

First show in Vienna by Syrian artist Rania Mleihi in  “Luftsteuer . show window project by Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory, titled “Glaubst du?”

 

Rania Mleihi proposes an interactive performance in the window shop room reflecting a very personal situation focusing on a specific emotional state.

Based on her personal experience of the ongoing conflict in Syria, she is asking the question of how much being “IN or OUT” affects the quality of personal involvement.

How does the mind function when we feel isolated and disabled? When all we have got are impressions and images from the past?

Through its participatory approach the show turns into a shared experience between performer and audience.

By reducing the amount of materials and prolonging her actions, Rania Mleihi consciously makes use of restricted resources to create an intense collaborative performance.

The artist`s piece is a site-specific and reactive installation dealing with issues of anxiety and otherness. Together with the audience she will create a story that touches upon everyone’s experiences.

“Glaubst du”.. is about all of us in different layers.

 

About the artist:

Rania Mleihi was born in Damascus, 1983.

She studied theater studies in Damascus/ Syria. She started presenting her work with the National Theater in Syria since 2003. She worked as a dramaturge/ director/ and as a producer.

In 2008 she established her performing arts company in Damascus and she performed and took a part in different festivals in the Middle East and worldwide such as OutGame festival in Denmark, Edinburgh festival in Scotland and Luminato festival in Canada.

Her latest project was “InSight Syria” a documentary theater play about the Syrian revolution which was performed in Munich/Germany 2012 where she participated as an actress.

She believes that body and motion express what words can’t tell. In her works she focuses on the inner feelings of the human being. She creates her work in the form of a puzzle giving the audience images to put together the way they want, avoiding pre-made conclusions.

About Windowshop project & Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory

The mission of the Luftsteuer Exhibition Project (2013) is to encourage and support solo exhibition projects by artists who call themselves women or trans. The exhibition program is a Mz. Baltazar’s Laboratory project, currently based in a ground-floor atelier at Sechshauserstraße 28, in 15th district, Vienna. Mz. Baltazar’s Laboratory is non-profit organization that playfully demystifies technology by opening up a world where learning new technological tools is fearless, interesting and clear for creative women of all ages. Mz. Baltazar’s participants and organizers come from different backgrounds and mindsets to exchange equipment, knowledge, build circuits, play with DIY electronics and interactive art. We encourage each other to learn new tools and collaborate in theory and art groups, workshops and meetings, therefore creating a tech women community.

 

Notes for editors:

Exhibition dates 23th March – 7th April

Exhibition (inside) space, open during the exhibition and other days by appointment to mbl-orga@lists.metalab.at.

High resolution images and logos are available on request.

 

Contact detail/ enquires:

Lale Rodgarkia Dara, Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory. Tel: 06505425253 Email: lale@speis.net

Web: www.mzbaltazarslaboratory.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SLUT WALK in Vienna

Today at 3pm we met at our new space to make banners for the Slut Walk Vienna.

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WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION

Activism and Counter-Activism

Behavioural Dynamics in Cyberspace

WITH SYRIAN ARCHITECT KINDA AL SAYED

When/Where: Mon 2011-05-30, 21:00 at the Metalab main room
Lecturer: Kinda Al Sayed is from Syria, she is working as an architect in London
and has closely followed the political changes in Syria.

The exercise of democracy in societies has always been the product that tradeoffs between two forces; emergent bottom up expressions of individual interests and top down decisions made by authorities. This equation maybe imbalanced in systems where power and decision-making is exercised by the authority rather than by the people.

In authoritarian regimes, when people make attempts to exercise their democratic rights they will be faced by coercion for which media machinery and communication tools are either devoted to mislead the public or disabled to avoid exposing authoritarian actions. This form of suppression of media machinery is only maintained through having control over the centralized form of media. The despotic enforcement of media control has been evidently busted throughout the Arab spring phenomena as an effect of decentralizing and personalizing media tools. This new instrumentalization of the media by the public allowed individual’s emission of information by exploiting all the affordances of the WWW medium. Social media networks have particularly contributed to a great extent to the dismantling of authorities’ suppressive activity. Within this process new forms of emergent behaviors have evolved as a by-product of togetherness in cyber space that would never have been enabled in the physical space. Different types of behavioral dynamics were identified within the flow of messaging between anonymous activists raising individual’s awareness towards communal values and disrupting activities exercised by counter-activism machinery. Time as a fundamental component of the medium’s affordances started playing an essential role in the regulation of action-reaction dynamics within the messaging flow. In this way the medium became the message by means of time and the social networking interface was made value-laden by means of its structure that embraces different affordances towards time and space. The partitioning of space and time in these interfaces together with the network structure that builds up between the different partitions left a huge impact on the influence boundaries of the message. This is where time as a construct of cyberspace starts to build a reciprocal relationship with time in the physical space. Through this reciprocal relationship differences can be identified between the affordances of Physical and Virtual spaces towards the rise of social organizations. The phenomenon of twitter journalism casts a very substantial impact on individuals’ actions and reactions due to its brief and instant messaging power. Where there are benefits to such medium of communication there are also risks that are posed by control and distortion of information. The persistence and spreading of the Arab spring phenomena and the partial success of it suggests that emergent self-driven reporting activity will eventually prevail. This suggestion is reasoned by the simple realism that the powers to control its emergence and contain its spreading won’t be affordable once passed a certain threshold.

ANNE ROTH

Thank you,

http://ichmachpolitik.at/

for video taping the talk!

Thank you, Anne Roth, for this legendary workshop!

nächste session – 26. nov 2009 – 19h at metalab

bedienbare kleidung ( hat Ella bei der letzten Miss Baltazar Session gebastelt)


liebe baltazarinnen!

nach einer köpferauch und kratz, aber auch sehr produktiven RUBY einführung gestern abend, gabs die mehrheitliche übereinstimmung, dass wir nächste woche gleich weitermachen. es können neue dazukommen, aber wir werden nächstes mal schon etwas fortgeschrittener mit dieser sehr graziösen, aber doch recht fetten programmiersprache umgehen.

alle teilnehmerinnen sollten einen laptop dabei haben und wireless LAN empfangen können.

danke an alle die da waren und besonders dem supergeduldigen RUBY-master!

nächste woche also, 19h im metalab!

freu mich!

nächste session: donnerstag, I8.november 2009 : : : I9.30

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Weißt du eigentlich wie Twitter genau funktioniert? Ich auch noch nicht, aber diesen Donnerstag um 19.30 gibts eine kleine Einführung in die Programmiersprache RUBY. Twitter ist in Ruby geschrieben. Es geht nicht darum, jetzt Programmierprofi zu werden, sondern eher darum zu checken, wie die Techniken, die wir täglich benutzten eigentlich aufgebaut sind. Quasi Sendung mit der Maus für jetzt. Komm doch einfach vorbei und bring deinen Laptop mit!  Kewl!

WANN :

donnerstag, 19.30


WO:


bibiliothek


vom metalab,


rathausstraße 6, 1010 Wien

Alles Liebe!

Stefanie