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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:






Arabic Keyboard:


Yamli Keyboard:


ACI Surfing (bad spelling):

يا بلادي نحن في الحرب سيفا وقنا


(Work) Mother Tongue, 2013:


Search queries: Lost in Translation:


Search queries: Lost without Verification:


Search queries in Arabic vs English: Saddam Hussein ‘The Arab’s Sword’:


Digital Archive: Jameel Library:


Digital Archive: Books 4 Arabs:


Digital Archive: Jstor collection of Kuwait history:


Digital Visual Archive - Institutional: Arab Image Foundation:


Digital Visual Archive - Middle East Archive (Darah Ghanem):


Digital Visual Archive - Eduqate:


Acquiring an archive:


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:


History of the Middle East:


Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades PS1 MoMa:


Tribal Roots Map:


Taleb AlNaqeeb (Khaldoun AlNaqeeb Archives):


Edward Said on Orientalism (32:43 – 35:23):


Kuwait’s first delegation trip to London (1919):


Kuwait border history:


Qatar Digital Library - Kuwait Affairs 1920:



(Work) Frenemies 2017:




The Making of a National Pedigree:


Kuwait by John Feeney (1974):




(Work) Popular Games, 2015:


Times of Interregnum – Zygmunt Bauman: (desktop)


Kuwait A Dream Suspended – A rare documentary film about Kuwait in the 80s (10:00 - 13:36):



Kuwait’s Military Genealogy:


Edward Said Conversation with Bill Moyers (4:40 – 6:31):


Ala Younis – Tin Soldiers:


Kuwait history of wars:


History of Kuwait’s Military (Arabic):


To Tell the Truth – Commander of the Arab Legion (3:51):


Selected Originals - Jordan's Arab Legion Parade (1954) (4:25):


Glubb Pasha Flies Home (1956):


From “Of mimicry and man: The ambivalence of colonial discourse”:




Kuwait 1961 – Border Build Up:


Konrad Lorenz (Imprinting):


What is the British Military doing in Kuwait? Force TV (0:53-2:16):

Work) Mimic Men 2019:


1970s Kuwait Military Performance:

Snake eating (12:00)

Sky stunts (21:10)


National Guard Kuwait:


(Work) Graduation Ceremony 2020-2021:






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