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ACI-Surfing with... Aseel AlYaqoub  -  24.02.2021 6pm (CET) / 8 pm (AST)


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This time we will have an insight into Kuwaiti society from the perspective of a Kuwaiti artist. A very exciting topic, considering the special role Kuwait plays in the Gulf region, due to its turbulent history triggered by decolonization and the invasion of Iraqi troops and the resulting second Gulf War.

Art Claims Impulse invites you to a personal informal evening. Get to know people from art, philosophy, urbanism and other inspiring fields. Spend an evening with the invited people, during which you are taken along on a surfing trip and introduced to aspects of their internet world. Which trends, ideas or projects caught their attention lately? What do they find interesting to share with other people?

Come along on a 2h trip, both inspiring and entertaining.

Aseel AlYaqoub (b. 1986, Kuwait) is an artist who works across the disciplines of history, architecture and cultural identity theory. Her practice is concerned with themes of nationhood, state apparatuses and collective nostalgia to discern why some historical elements fit well within the national narrative whilst others are deliberately forgotten. Using an ever-growing collection of found objects, documents and media, her work explores the construct of new nations such as Kuwait. Through video, drawing, installation and printmaking, she documents the nation’s processes of self-identification and state-making – that happened within pressure-cooker conditions – post-imperial dissolution and re-attachment.


Language, Search Engines and the Limitations of Digital Archives:


Indoctrination: https://www.facebook.com/338341469899357/videos/384167146340497


mIRC: https://twitter.com/nasir_alarbash/status/1133497310619602944/photo/1


Arabic Keyboard: http://www.arabic-keyboard.org/


Yamli Keyboard: https://www.yamli.com/editor/ar/


ACI Surfing (bad spelling): https://www.facebook.com/12aciberlin/photos/gm.442131123804808/3839161926205159

يا بلادي نحن في الحرب سيفا وقنا


(Work) Mother Tongue, 2013: https://aseelalyaqoub.tumblr.com/page/2


Search queries: Lost in Translation: https://www.kuwait-history.net/vb/showthread.php?t=7735


Search queries: Lost without Verification: https://q8-2009.blogspot.com/2016/08/blog-post_11.html


Search queries in Arabic vs English: Saddam Hussein ‘The Arab’s Sword’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZmLX-Nm4Wg


Digital Archive: Jameel Library: http://library.jameelartscentre.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?q=Kuwait


Digital Archive: Books 4 Arabs: https://tinyurl.com/3lv8nw2g


Digital Archive: Jstor collection of Kuwait history: https://tinyurl.com/bn7vujpv


Digital Visual Archive - Institutional: Arab Image Foundation: http://arabimagefoundation.com/


Digital Visual Archive - Middle East Archive (Darah Ghanem): https://www.instagram.com/middleeastarchive/?hl=en


Digital Visual Archive - Eduqate: https://www.instagram.com/eduqate/?hl=en


Acquiring an archive: https://www.instagram.com/q.8.book/?hl=en


Self-Archiving: AlKuwait Magazine: (desktop)



Histography as Process:


The World Today: Imagined Communities (3:08 – 5:31) (20:06 – 25:30):



Walid Raad’s Spectral Archive, Part I: Histography as Process: https://www.e-flux.com/journal/69/60594/walid-raad-s-spectral-archive-part-i-historiography-as-process/


History of the Middle East: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIADs7Ct-Q&t=601s


Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades PS1 MoMa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7U-pqjdHIY


Tribal Roots Map: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kgiHHNQwkTw/Un6hgYzs5TI/AAAAAAAAMUM/ORgkdCZmtiU/s1600/5_zpsd87afbff.jpg


Taleb AlNaqeeb (Khaldoun AlNaqeeb Archives): https://www.khaldounalnaqeeb.com/en/photos.jsp?album=photos-alnaqeeb


Edward Said on Orientalism (32:43 – 35:23): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVC8EYd_Z_g&t=479s


Kuwait’s first delegation trip to London (1919): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQBBgda7wBA


Kuwait border history: https://www.zum.de/whkmla/histatlas/arabworld/haxkuwait.html


Qatar Digital Library - Kuwait Affairs 1920: https://www.qdl.qa/en/archive/81055/vdc_100079444616.0x000002





(Work) Frenemies 2017: https://aseelalyaqoub.com/Frenemies




The Making of a National Pedigree:


Kuwait by John Feeney (1974): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAMt2y-P2bk&t=7s


Sehnsucht: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sehnsucht


(Work) Popular Games, 2015: https://kalimatmagazine.com/Art-of-Destruction-Culture-Heritage-an-interview-with-Aseel-Alyacoub


Times of Interregnum – Zygmunt Bauman: (desktop)


Kuwait A Dream Suspended – A rare documentary film about Kuwait in the 80s (10:00 - 13:36): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUdL2NfGVe4&t=568s



Kuwait’s Military Genealogy:


Edward Said Conversation with Bill Moyers (4:40 – 6:31): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI6mjFL80xE


Ala Younis – Tin Soldiers: https://alayounis.art/TinSoldiers


Kuwait history of wars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_Kuwait


History of Kuwait’s Military (Arabic): https://sites.google.com/site/k8today/kwpast/aljysh-alkwyty


To Tell the Truth – Commander of the Arab Legion (3:51): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yojFerw5aGo


Selected Originals - Jordan's Arab Legion Parade (1954) (4:25): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usSuoFOLqaQ


Glubb Pasha Flies Home (1956): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf9_yzfDeKY


From “Of mimicry and man: The ambivalence of colonial discourse”: https://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/bhabha/mimicry.html


Lyrebird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSB71jNq-yQ


Kuwait 1961 – Border Build Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj_r4EGxFQ0


Konrad Lorenz (Imprinting): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGyfcBfSj4M


What is the British Military doing in Kuwait? Force TV (0:53-2:16): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxuzqgaoKWY&list=PL-DfbBxpf56B5H00RP589cgCPMbORd11A&index=24

Work) Mimic Men 2019: https://aseelalyaqoub.com/Mimic-Men


1970s Kuwait Military Performance:

Snake eating (12:00)

Sky stunts (21:10)



National Guard Kuwait: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW-pw2yZ1MA&list=PL-DfbBxpf56BdrVcLVOo_ubFdF_BUaC5a&index=5


(Work) Graduation Ceremony 2020-2021: https://aseelalyaqoub.com/Graduation-Ceremony







Protection I, 2019, Anna Anders

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