J’ai demandé aux habitants du camp Aïda à Bethléem d’esquisser des cartes de ce qui les entoure. Les dessins en train de se faire ont été enregistrés en vidéo, de même que les récits qui animent ces géographies subjectives. À travers six chapitres qui forment autant de courts-métrages potentiellement indépendants, vous découvrirez pas à pas le camp de réfugiés et ses environs, vous suivrez les trajets de quelques personnes et leurs tentatives de composer avec l’état de siège sous lequel ils vivent. Un hommage à ce que j’appellerai résistance par contournement, à l’heure où la possibilité même de cette résistance semble disparaître.


I have asked inhabitants of Aida Camp, Bethlehem, to draw maps of what they see around them. The drawing process as well as the stories related to those subjective geographies have been recorded on video. Through six chapters that form as many potentially independent short films, step by step you’ll discover the refugee camp and it’s surroundings, you’ll follow the routes of some persons and their attempts to deal with the state of siege they live under. Let’s call it a tribute to resistance by going around obstacles, in times where the very possibility of that resistance seems to be vanishing.

 

Film & Lecture

Architecture + Art : Edi Rama & Anri Sala

When former artist Edi Rama became mayor of Tirana in 2000 he immediately set upon a controversial project to enliven the troubled Albanian capital by re-painting the city’s decaying buildings in a riotous array of colour and pattern. An aesthetic and political act, which prompted social transformation, and much debate, through its visualization of signs of change. Three years later Rama and the project became the subject of artist (and friend) Anri Sala’s film, Dammi I Colori. The next year, Rama was voted World Mayor 2004.

1980, 12:20 min, color, sound

 

Reading the billboards, the trash, the cars, the people, and the graffitti of the street as cultural signs, Rosler extracts the network of social power and domination that determines whose culture gets represented where, asking, « Whose culture gets in the magazines and whose culture is required to exist in the street? » A collage of super-8 footage shot while cruising the streets of a predominantly Latino neighborhood with a voiceover of Rosler’s commentary, the tape successfully combines social analysis with everyday observation, drawing attention to the structure of society’s fabric and reevaluating what the dominant culture calls « trash. »

Thomas Demand – Tunnel (1999)

The film presumably shows a fast-paced tracking shot through the tunnel in which Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash. At first the viewer seems to remember seeing these images in the media. But in reality the set is a true to life, cardboard mock-up of architectural details. Under closer inspection, one also realizes that instead of reproducing reality Thomas Demand creates a perfectly-constructed model world.