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Brandon LaBelle: Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian

Brandon LaBelle: Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian
Library Shelf Location 34.LABE
Publication Date 2012
Description The ongoing protest movements spanning the globe seek to challenge, revitalize and rethink political processes as well as demand economic justice. Forming into a dispersed and poignant network of struggles, the current situation reveals a global culture of hope, angst and imagination. Author and artist Brandon LaBelle has sought to engage these events by way of a diary of affiliation and reciprocation in which personal memories and cultural reflections search for remote connection, in particular, with the Arab Spring. His Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian is marked by an urgency to unsettle divides, both imaginary and physical, between west and east, Anglo and Arab, and to put into question narratives of the political. Written between February and June of 2011, the Diary functioned as a daily consideration of the intensity of events erupting around the world structurally linked to personal thoughts and memories. This five-month period acts as a platform from which questions around US imperialism, art and revolution, the task of writing, and the possibility of new political subjectivity are raised. LaBelle asks for an "agency of the intimate", outlining a tender map of the transnational. - Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist. His practice focuses on social life and cultural narratives, using sound, performance, text and sited constructions. His work has been presented at Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), MuseumsQuartier/ Tonspur, Vienna (2009), Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (2009), Casa Vecina, Mexico City (2008), Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (2003, 2007), Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, Brazil (2003, 2006, 2009), Singuhr Gallery, Berlin (2004). He is the author of Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (Continuum, 2006) and Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (Continuum, 2010). He is professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, and editor of Errant Bodies Press.
ISBN 9780982743973
Quantity 1
Pages 108
Author Brandon LaBelle
Format Paperback
Publisher Errant Bodies Press
Category Text Art
Keywords Political art, Social issues
Language English

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