Behind Shelves

For SAVVYZΛΛR, Jasmina Al-Qaisi takes you BEHIND SHELVES: The feature format aims at reordering memories and different moments in the activities of SAVVY Contemporary recalled by members, audiences and objects, books into various themes and alongside personal stories.

BEHIND SHELVES is one possible response to how moments can be catalogued, how performativity, as the constant friction of time and of memories can be reminded and made accessible. It stars the invisible, the unnoticed, and remnants of the act, the practice, the event, and works towards changing meanings given to things reinvesting them back. These objects are anchors to memory, as much as mnemonic tools, and are part of various earthly methods of documentation. The title is inspired by a practice of collecting little objects after performances and saving them behind shelves, a non-normative archival process developed by Jasmina Al-Qaisi, archivist of the  SAVVY.doc and host of the format. 

On Sunday 06.09.2020: Vibrations!
This time behind shelves there are audible and inaudible reverberations and reverbs meeting through radio waves from the midst of change, of move, objects which behold their material memory, stepping in and out of history reordering ideas of traditions linked through non-human sounds with voices and drillings from home over phones reading each other's listening. 

Accounts on vibrations with: Sagal Farah singing, Beya Othmani with her flute, Sean Griffin, Kamila Metwaly with mbiras, Antonio Mendes moving, Anna Jäger, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Maria Karpushina voicing insects
Song: Gasba chaoui - Ali El Khencheli - Ain el karma
Archival material from performances by: Stella Chiweshe for SAVVYbrations, Elaine Mitchener for WE HAVE DELIVERED OURSELVES FROM THE TONAL: OF, WITH, TOWARDS, ON JULIUS EASTMAN
Literature: The Earth Worm Also Sings by Pauline Oliveros, A quote by Halim El-Dahb
Featured objects from Behind Shelves archive of performance:  Two egg timers 
Sound work extracts: Dark Loops, Act III of Carbon Theater – vinyl record by the Institute of Incongruous Translation (Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Ashkan Sepahvand) and Julieta Aranda’s Lip, Dip, Paint, Talk( Your Mouth Is Bleeding) – video from 2018
Non-human: Various calls of Long eared Owls (Asio otus) and various bats.