The Arts

PHOTOS: One Palestinian Museum's Artistic Message To The Pope

The Pope's visit to the Holy Land (today's Jordan, Palestine and Israel) has been the focus of many activists hoping to get the Catholic pontiff to speak out in favor of the Palestinian cause. One such symbolic act was done through an artistic lens. The Palestinian Museum, a new museum set to open in the … Continue reading PHOTOS: One Palestinian Museum's Artistic Message To The Pope

Two Men With Cellos Flow

Flow Chello players, Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic, remind us what it means to be alive, to create, to live in flow, as described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [ˈtʃiːksɛntmihaːji ˈmihaːj.] AC/DC's rock cover of 'Thunderstruck Tribute to Michael Jackson Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [ˈtʃiːksɛntmihaːji ˈmihaːj] Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is best known for developing the notion of flow, the psychology … Continue reading Two Men With Cellos Flow

Six Landscapes: "Look Up" To See The Secret State

Secret State In this talk, artist Trevor Paglen discusses his work attempting to “see” the various aspects of the secret state. In examples ranging from tracking spy satellites to foraging through the bureaucratic refuse of CIA front companies, Paglen will discuss methods used to identify a... Trevor Paglen's work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary … Continue reading Six Landscapes: "Look Up" To See The Secret State

Damascus Evolves Into A Hub Of Mideast Art

Maybe it was the sight of a television crew filming tuxedo-clad waiters as they maneuvered around the gallery with alcoholic drinks. Maybe it was the glimpse of the fashionable young woman in designer jeans and the ostentatious Fendi handbag. Or maybe it was simply the impressive canvases of colorful abstract paintings and the throng of … Continue reading Damascus Evolves Into A Hub Of Mideast Art

Nothing Is Normal About An Occupation, Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing...

Normalize This! Remi Kanazi is a Palestinian-American performance poet and human rights activist based in New York City. His work is launched from a platform of humanism not nationalism. According to Remi,"I’m not a nationalist, I’m not an ethnocentrist. This isn’t about me being a Palestinian or me being an Arab. It’s about a system … Continue reading Nothing Is Normal About An Occupation, Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing...

A No-Party System, The No-State Solution

Z the People and El-Far3i Jam Session in Amman, Jordan It is an election year. In the name of patriotism, candidates sponsored by weapons manufacturers leverage our fears to justify controlling the media, assassinating foreign leaders and civilians, suspending the right to free speech, eroding civil liberties and funding more prison* and border walls. Musicians … Continue reading A No-Party System, The No-State Solution

'Tears' Of Gaza,' A Documentary Of Human Misery

Brief Lives, Violently Extinguished New York Times Critics' Choice A brutally uncompromising blast of outrage, Vibeke Lokkeberg’s “Tears of Gaza” is less a documentary than a collage of suffering. Dropping us smack in the middle of the Israeli attacks on Gaza in the winter of 2008-9, the film tramples politics beneath the raw weight of … Continue reading 'Tears' Of Gaza,' A Documentary Of Human Misery