Permanent Trespass (Beirut of the Balkans & the American Century)

Bassem Saad & Sanja Grozdanić

Permanent Trespass (Beirut of the Balkans & the American Century)

Bassem Saad & Sanja Grozdanić

Bassem Saad blew audiences away at the last transmediale with his film “Congress of Idling Persons”. The film perfectly describes what it feels like to be a young intellectual in Beirut: a restless emptiness between revolution and explosion. In his first performance piece Saad now offers a broader perspective. In collaboration with the author Sanja Grozdanic he examines various trials at the International Criminal Court and the disparity between historical narratives and personal experiences. In constructing national histories, supremacist aggressors, their victims and the International Criminal Court are called upon to recognise the reality of particular genocides and the legitimacy of particular states. However, as the experience of violence escalates and intensifies, a semantic gap opens between the vocabulary in which violence is described and the actual experience, which is like an endlessly repeated hallucination.

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Duration: 50 Min.
Language: English
1.9. Artist Talk afterwards, moderated by Matthias Lilienthal


Admission is only possible with proof of negative Corona status (tested, vaccinated or recovered). Results of a  test may not be more than 24 hours old at this event.
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Von und mit: Sanja Grozdanic und Bassem Saad
Sound design: Ewa Poniatowska
Photography: Jelena Luise

A coproduction by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Frankfurt LAB in the frame of “This is Not Lebanon. Festival for Visual Arts, Performance, Music and Talks”, developed during a residency within the framework of "Frankfurt Moves!", a cooperation of the KfW Stiftung and the Frankfurt LAB to promote international emerging artists in the field of dance and performing arts.

“This Is Not Lebanon. Festival for Visual Arts, Performance, Music and Talks” is a cooperation project of the Frankfurt LAB with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Ensemble Modern in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Lebanon, supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Ensemble Modern Patronatsgesellschaft e.V. The discourse programme is supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb).