Fehras Publishing Practices
Soapy Postmodern Bathwater
Online film screening in collaboration with The Mosaic Rooms
The film will be available HERE to watch on the weekend 18–19 September.
On the occasion of Fehras Publishing Practices’ two recent solo presentations in Berlin and London, the Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme is happy to co-present a screening weekend of the short film Soapy Postmodern Bathwater (24 minutes) together with The Mosaic Rooms in London.
Soapy Postmodern Bathwater, produced by Fehras Publishing Practices for the Sharjah Biennale 13 Tamawu, takes the viewer into a not-so-distant future, to a language laboratory where researchers analyse the bodies of people who have collapsed while reading bilingual art books. The film is a part of the series of Institutional Terms; a long-term research project that follows the impact of the language, term, and institution on global artistic practices. The short film tracks a strange phenomenon that has led intellectuals, artists, curators, and exhibition visitors into physical paralysis and to become comatose. Using an analytical laboratory process, the film studies the effect of bilingualism on cultural bodies, which begins with the bifurcation of the bilingual body and leads to the subject to fall into a coma. It traces the authority imposed by language – the construction of terms and institutions – on the cultural body and examines the effect of language on artistic practice and artwork.
Fehras Publishing Practices (Sami Rustom, Omar Nicolas and Kenan Darwich) are an artist collective founded in 2015 in Berlin. They research the history and presence of publishing and its entanglement in the socio-political and cultural sphere in the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and the Arab diaspora. The collective observes publishing as a possibility for creating, and accumulating knowledge and initiates projects in different formats such as installations, films, publications, lectures and performances aiming to extend the notion of publishing.
The Mosaic Rooms are a non-profit art gallery in London, UK, dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from the Arab world and beyond. They offer a programme of free contemporary art exhibitions, multidisciplinary events (including film screenings, current affairs talks, book launches and more), their learning and engagement programme and a specialist bookshop. They are a project of the A.M. Qattan Foundation.