The Moving Living Room Explained!Posted: January 30, 2012
Here’s a more detailed description of our installation.
First off, it was a result of the collective brainstorming, emotional arguing, and implementation of me, Richard, Joy, Claudia, and Selina. Our task was to deal with the subject of Art and Public Space. We felt that public expression was in the hands of the few, and public art was in the hands of fewer, and felt that this made people more pessimitistic. In contrast, people, and especially the Lebanese, had an exactly opposite experience in their living rooms. After all, we are famous for our living room conversations on politics, the economy, and football that are usually accompanied with thesional inta 7mar and a cup of turkish coffee. We also wanted to redefine what is a suitable place and means of expression, while instilling some optimism on a beautiful Sunday morning.
So, we went to the corniche, and brought a bunch of pillows, 20 boxes of crayons, a carpet, a plant, a few newspapers, a miniature argheeleh, a sign that said ahla w sahla, and called it a living room! We also passed out some pamphlets in English and (broken) Arabic to communicate our purpose to interested onlookers.
Here’s what went down:
1. The Kids Were in Charge!
Children were our early adopters, and the leaders of the revolution! The parents had no choice but to follow. I warn you kind readers, never ever tell a child he can’t play with crayons.
2. Children Felt Empowered
Meet Super Ali. Super Ali was very keen to emphasize his muscles.
Now, meet Super Ali’s arch-nemesis, his Arabic teacher. She’s a handsome woman with 3 eyes, 4 arms, and a few tentacles.
3. Adults Became Children
4. People Talked, About Everything
(I advise that you listen with your headphones. The volume is extremey low, but I assure you, the content is worthwhile.)
5. The Corniche Was Full of Art