At the crossroads of different pasts, presents and futures

Mohamed Abdelkarim, Nicoline van Harskamp, Simon O'Sullivan

  • Opening
  • 21.11.2018, 18:00h
  • Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
  • Via Modane, 16 - Torino
Mohamed Abdelkarim, "When it comes to truth I wouldn't dare to tell it", view of the performance, 2018, ©Alessandro Sala, Courtesy of Centrale Fies in the frame of Live Works Vol.5

The opening event of the 2018-19 programme At the crossroads of different pasts, presents and futures reasons on the standardised representation of historical narration, the intertwining of different time frames, and the act of transmission as a form of resistance to power structures. Invited artists Simon O’Sullivan, Mohamed Abdelkarim and Nicoline Van Harskamp inhabit and construct worlds of their own logic where imaginary communities, invented characters, and historical figures interlace their existences and produce counter narrations that recognizes the existence of different times and landscapes. Artist and thinker Simon O’Sullivan gives a talk about mythopoesis, myth-science, mythotechnesis addressing fictioning as a ‘counter-strategy’ against today’s post-truth and post-fact political terrain; Nicoline Van Harskamp presents her film PDGN that portrays a future no longer controlled by national governments or global corporations, and where a new linking language is seen to develop between people through voluntary self-instruction; to conclude artist Mohamed Abdelkarim performs When it comes to truth I wouldn’t dare to tell it, a narrative fictional anthology consisting of anecdotes, poems, songs and radio drama that revisits History and its impacts on complex social issues.