Four Eastern Cartographies of Entrapment
Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism is a creative investigation about the modes of subjectivity emergent within the postmodern Middle-East. The project is initiated by responding to dispositives and vocabularies developed in Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh’s work ("Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian: The Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism" 2017) on subject positions that point to the exceptional diversity and heterogenous makeup of Middle Eastern cultural imaginaries.
The presentation takes the form of a “radical illusion”: installation of wallpaper cartographic mapping of poetic extremism, scenographic interior of cheap diplomatic waiting-room, rhetoric of image assemblage, video on glossy TV-screen, animated film with hypnotic exchange of ecstatic projection, and scholarly detachment in the form of performance-lecture. Investigating hostile and relaxed patterns of “contact” and “nothingness” the project itself becomes a slider between the two. It zooms in and out of knowledge and speculation about nondialogue, nonnarrative, and radical exile spaces that have emerged in eastern postmodernism