Overview

Taking inspiration from the artists in Journey Beyond the Arrow—where asking questions forms part of an unending historical process as knowledge flows shift according to user or observer (arriving or departing, indoctrinated or assimilated)—this day of March Meeting 2019 is designated as a performative discursive experience, composed of conversations, readings and relays (series of back-to-back performances/readings) that all address a similar theme but from differing perspectives and geographies. Seeking the drama of the stage, guest speakers share critical reflections (drawing on specific lighting, carefully cued images and sounds) and evoke the ‘theatre of art’ as a crucial space where comparative intelligence about conflict and intrigue can be engaged. Instead of questions and answers following each presentation, discussion will take place at the end of day, bringing all speakers together for a meet-and-greet with the audience.

9:15 am-10:00 am

Registration

10:00 am-10:20 am

An introduction on time and clocks and time zones—how the mapping of time instructs mobility: how a commitment to time can never be quite finished
Introduction
Lee Weng Choy (co-convenor)

10:30 am–11:30 am

On kapwa, bathala na!, and the art of never finishing
Conversation with performance
Kidlat Tahimik with Zoe Butt

11:40 am–12:30 pm

On relation—beyond fixed gender
Relay
Anis Chouchene --> Lisa Reihana --> Neo Muyanga
Moderated by Zoe Butt

12:30 pm–2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm–2:20 pm

The palimpsest of historical memory—on the misnomer of the ‘origin’
Reading
Shubigi Rao

2:30 pm–3:00 pm

On militancy, truth and the shifting of normalising violence
Conversation
Khadim Ali and Meiro Koizumi with Lee Weng Choy

3:00 pm–3:15 pm

Performance
Fazil H Mousavi (part of Khadim Ali’s project Flowers of Evil)

3:20 pm–3:40 pm

On movement and the potential of thinking diasporically
Reading
Léuli Eshrāghi

3:45 pm–4:15 pm

Coffee break

4:15 pm–5:15 pm

On counter memory and the doubling of its recall
Conversation
Ho Tzu Nyen and Tuan Andrew Nguyen with Lee Weng Choy

5:15 pm–5:30 pm

Performance
Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Serigne Ousmane Mbacke Noreyni Seck

5.30 pm–6.30 pm

Moderated discussion with all speakers
Lee Weng Choy and Zoe Butt

9:30 pm–12:15 am

Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux (1980–)
Film screening
Kidlat Tahimik
Mirage City Cinema, Al Mureijah Square

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