Negus by Invernomuto, 2013, photo: Moira Ricci
'Lost Inn', an installation by hoelb/hoeb
'Recollection', a film by Kamal Aljafari

Violence of Inscriptions

The term ‘structural violence’ refers to implied systemic and latent forms of exclusion or oppression that emerge on social and political localities. Violence of Inscriptions questions the potency of artistic, discursive, and action-based practices to critically reflect on this subject. The project examines bodies that are subjected to structural violence, and focuses on the performative and physical aspects that surface as a result. It examines the role of the body in producing, maintaining, legitimizing, representing, and aestheticizing structural violence. 

The notion of inscription stems from choreographic concepts and practices of writing; inscribing in and into material and immaterial spaces. This notion draws viewers’ attention to the consequences of our individual and collective actions. It underlines the presence of structural violence - its narration and history.

Violence of Inscriptions is a collaborative project, facilitated by HAU – Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. It is an ongoing dialogue between Zaides and dramaturge, curator and scholar Sandra Noeth. The project began in 2016 and will unfold in five chapters until 2018. Each chapter aims to break down the complexity of the topic by examining the ideological, personal, political and ethical dynamics that are at stake. Each chapter brings together artists, thinkers, and human-rights activists for an intensive work session. The diverse perspectives of each participant provide the initial material for the discussion. The sessions are followed by a public program at HAU – Hebbel am Ufer, which includes lectures, roundtables, screenings, and installations.

Violence of Inscriptions #1 – On Experience & Representation 

Violence of Inscriptions #2 – On Resilience 

Violence of Inscriptions #3 – On Collectivity, and Its Boundaries

Violence of Inscriptions #4 – On Responsibility & Responsiveness

Violence of Inscriptions #5 – On Human Rights & The Performativity of Law

Credits & Collaborators

With Kamal Aljafari, deufert+plischke, Alain Franco, Kat Francois, Jens R. Giersdorf, Simge Gücük, Núria Güell, Amira Hass, Hoelb/Hoeb, Sandra Iché, Invernomuto, Janez Janša, Avi Mograbi, Ali Moini, Shahram Khosravi, Nat Muller, Elisabeth Nehring, Sandra Noeth, Manuel Pelmus, Didem Pekün, Frédéric Pouillaude, Freddie Rokem, Farah Saleh, Adania Shibli, Ana Vujanovic, Eike Wittrock, Arkadi Zaides Production HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Institut des Croisements
23 October 2017

In a weekly event throughout the season, ​Dansehallerne presents meetings between affiliated artists and guests. In the upcoming session which topic is 'Choreography or Activism?' Arkadi Zaides will have a conversation with the choreographer Efva Lilja.

15—19 November 2017

The experience and representation of collectivity are closely linked to an active act of imagination and representation where identities are not just given but constructed and performed. Thus, artistic and theoretical practices matter in this process of chosen or imposed filiations and legacies. What does it mean when a body, in the desire of having something in common, of sharing certainty, stands in for a broader cause? How do gestures and movement equip us with a sense of recognition, with a feeling of home? And where does collectivity end up in monitoring our imagination and introduce (self-)censorship? “Violence of Inscriptions #3” will host Farah Saleh, Frédéric Pouillaude, deufert&plischke, Jens R. Giersdorf, Didem Pekün, Kat Francois and Invernomuto for the 3ed event in the series.

Usages Géopolitiques Des Images

What influence do images have on migration policies? How do dictatorial regimes produce their imagery? Is there an ethical way to document war zones? USAGES GÉOPOLITIQUES DES IMAGES is a new publication that sets to examine these issues through the works of various contemporary artists. The book compiles the writing of twelve contributors, among them is Frédéric Pouillaude, whose essay examines  Zaides' practice over the past years.