Thursday, 6. October 2016

Lecture performance by Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk, in Berlin (6 October 2016) and Cologne (9 January 2017)

In Exercises on Trials, Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk explore the construction of Egypt’s spectral legal reality. Their film visits the sites and spaces where legal proceedings take place. It explores the legal microcosms in which the theatricality of the law creates a system that determines how humans act within and without given dogmas. It is through this theatrical realm that the rulers maintain their power. In their attempt to lay bare this legal labyrinth, the artists explored a variety of narrative planes. Their approach includes various methods: interviews with human rights lawyers, TV camera operators and photographers; performative enactments of an alternate legal reality by staging an improvised mock trial with students; employing techniques that engage with Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed and other methods of improvisation and storytelling.

Venue on 6 October 2016: 7pm, daadgalerie c/o Braennen, Berlin.
Venue on 9 January 2017: 7pm, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, moderated by Dr. Lilian Haberer.