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Signifying Spaces - Staging the Religious in the City

Subject: Religious architecture
Speaker: Various
Date: Jun 21, 2011 At 18:00
City: Beirut
Address: Slim Residence, Haret Hreik, Beirut, Lebanon

Global Prayers – Redemption and Liberation in the City Signifying Spaces - Staging the Religious in the City

Stories, Sounds and Images from Lagos, Mumbai, Mexico City, Berlin and Beirut
Public Presentation and Discussion at THE HANGAR /UMAM , Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 from 6–9 pm
Global Prayers is a research and cultural project that examines and discusses the transformation of cities through (new) religious movements. The project focuses on the religious production of urban space, on transnational networks and their urban localizations, on the politics of religious communities and on the city as a stage for temporary interventions and transformative planning projects. International academics, urban scholars and artists have applied themselves to these questions by combining the methodologies and practices common to their fields of work; in doing so, they work on a new quality of knowledge.
At THE HANGAR, members of Global Prayers will present images and recordings and show how religious groups position themselves in the city through architecture, images and sounds, how everyday places are turned into religious spaces, how through religious appropriations and activities urban space is claimed, negotiated, and signified.
Holy Ghost services which feel like pop concerts; cinemas and theatres converted into churches; the Koran and the Bible as rap songs. New religious movements have arrived on the urban scene across the world – be it in Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Mumbai, Berlin, London, or Beirut. What is new about these religious formations, how do they transform urban structures and spaces and which role do they play in post-industrial societies of the 21st century?
In addition to an art exhibition (November 2011) and an interdisciplinary festival (February 2012) biannual workshops in the places of study are an important aspect of the Global Prayers research process. In June the international team of the cultural and research project Global Prayers – Redemption and Liberation in the City meets in Beirut. One part of the workshop, composed by internal working groups, discussions and excursions, is a public presentation.
Signifying Spaces – Staging the Religious in the City.
Works by Surabhi Sharma, Gilles Aubry, Anne Huffschmid, Paola Yacoub and others of the Global Prayers Project will be presented at The Hangar. Anbara Abu Ayyas (Heinrich-Böll Foundation Beirut) will moderate an open discussion, critical reflection and exchange of ideas with the Global Prayers fellows, local and international scholars, artists and activists from Beirut.
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Global Prayers – Redemption and Liberation in the City is a Berlin-based transregional and transdisciplinary project. It is a cultural and research project initiated by metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs and jointly executed by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Europa-University Viadrina. It is realized through the kind support of Forum Tranregionale Studien, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, The Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin and the Goethe Institut. We thank our partners in Beirut, especially The Hangar, the American University of Beirut, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Beirut, the Goethe Institut Beirut and the Orient Institute Beirut.

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