Participants will explore various approaches to art-making with a focus on sound as a tool for transformation, engaging in exercises and discussions around the politics of music/sound, framed by the poetics embedded in Namy's installation and listening session at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. More information coming soon!
What: The Deeper Half Blue: a workshop organized by Joe Namy
When: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1pm - 3pm
Where: The M, 350 Robert Street North, St. Paul MN 55101
About Joe Namy
Joe Namy (b. 1978, Lansing) is a media artist, composer, and educator based between London and Beirut. He completed an MFA from New York University, was part of the inaugural class of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program where he now teaches, and has independently studied jazz, Arabic, and heavy metal drumming. His work often addresses identity, memory, and power structures embedded in sound/music, and has been shown internationally in galleries, museums, film festivals, and public performances.
About History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary
History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary presents the work of artists who address what can be termed the "Arab imaginary" as a strategy for examining various social, cultural, and political positions. Best understood through a framework that recognizes the so-called Arab world and its diaspora as multiform, made up of 22 countries with distinct histories as well as diverse ethnicities, languages, and religions, this exhibition explores and scrutinizes the ways in which the region has been historicized. Through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, book art, installation, and video, featured artists make connections between contemporary geopolitics and the histories that inform them. Their works draw attention to the challenges of representation, including misunderstandings and missteps, and the limiting and problematic terms that are often used to define the region. History Is Not Here rejects the idea of history as a fixed category and looks to alternative imagery and approaches from which new "imaginaries" can be generated. This exhibition is on view at the M September 12, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Learn more here.