Academic journal article Liminalities

Walking into Beirut: An Annotation

Academic journal article Liminalities

Walking into Beirut: An Annotation

Article excerpt

I wonder if we really write the journey because it is ours, or by way of commemorating the death of the thought that it will ever be ours?

'Exhibit Notes', Terror and the Tour

We walked to Beirut together. Two women, standing on a balcony in Whitechapel, imbibing thoughts from the London skyline into the sinews of ink under our skin. We followed these lines into the past, to post-revolutionary Cairo, where an artist has devised a fake election campaign parodying the classed and gendered concerns that circle through political discourse. Slowly, subtly, almost silently, she re-captures her mendacities as decay on walls: the tears, caresses and effacements of the city made visible in images of peeling flyposts. Elsewhere, a man who has never been to Beirut pores over old photographs and postcards of the city. He begins to chart the movement of sound across images, from open window, through empty streets of rubble, to crowded beach; lines ricochet from stone walls. Later, with his own running body, he gives these sonic reverberations momentary corporeal presence, tracking the route that sound would have travelled through Beirut before the transformations caused by war and urban redevelopment. Are these additive actions? How do these shared lines of transference index the remains of the past?

annotation, n. / æ n????eI??n/

1. The action of annotating or making notes

2. The action of marking by a particular date or era; chronological reckoning or notation. Obs.

3. a. concr. (usually pl.) A note added to anything written, by way of explanation or comment.

b. spec. An inventory of goods seized by authority of justice. (So in French). Obs. rare.

Responding to the indexical, transformative and resonant qualities of the shared endeavour Walking into Beirut, we want to suggest annotation as a coordinate for processes of imagination, memory and perception, bound together through aesthetic engagement with a shifting political terrain. Annotation is a research journey that affixes, warps, crops and clusters: we map splicing routes, we distill curated objects and we comment in warping margins. …

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