Celebration Reopening

Celebration Reopening | Goethe-Instituts Libanon | 28/09/2017

The Goethe-Institut Libanon celebrated the reopening of its premises at the new location in Gemmayzeh!

Around 250 guests participated in the official reception at which the new Institute was presented to its partners. The aim is to promote cultural dialogue in the new media lounge, and to create space for new projects. On the evening of the reopening this was immediately put into effect by Ary Jan Sarhan from Syria and Miran Gurunian, who had composed three new pieces and performed them exclusively for the guests. The result was a mixture of gentle buzuq melodies, mixed with electronic vibes and Armenian songs.


 

Currently visitors to the media lounge can discover a new photographic exhibition and a virtual reality room. In the new exhibition – co-produced by the Goethe-Institut Lebanon – the photographers Alexander Graeser and Johann Clausen explore where the borders or non-borders of desire lie. Is it possible to desire a building as much as a human body? In the virtual reality space visitors can immerse themselves in a fascinating world designed by the Lebanese virtual reality artist Nour Malaeb.

  • Dr. Ghattas Khoury, Mani Pournaghi, Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni Goethe-Institut Libanon/ Kinobey productions
    Dr. Ghattas Khoury, Mani Pournaghi, Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni
  • Anahid Hanounik-Huth, Mani Pournaghi, Martin Huth, Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni Goethe-Institut Libanon/ Kinobey productions
    Anahid Hanounik-Huth, Mani Pournaghi, Martin Huth, Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni
  • The hall before the reception Goethe-Institut Libanon
    The hall before the reception
  • Peter Nassif, Sylvia Arnaout, Alexander Kruckenfellner Goethe-Institut Libanon
    Peter Nassif, Sylvia Arnaout, Alexander Kruckenfellner
  • Conzert with Ary Jan Sarhan and Miran Gurunian Goethe-Institut Libanon/ Kinobey productions
    Conzert with Ary Jan Sarhan and Miran Gurunian
  • Mani Pournaghi, Wassim Bou Malham Goethe-Institut Libanon
    Mani Pournaghi, Wassim Bou Malham
  • Ich liebe Gemmayzeh - Taschen Goethe-Institut Libanon
    Ich liebe Gemmayzeh

Große Party | Goethe-Institut Libanon | 28/09/2017

Immediately afterwards the 'Große Party' (big party) started, with around 850 guests. All in all 16 artists and musicians from Lebanon, Germany, Europe and the region gave a wide range of musical and artistic performances. Ary Jan Sarhan, a Syrian buzuq player, started the concerts together with the Kurdish singer Sara Darwish. They were followed by performances by Charlie Rayne, Gurumiran and Wassim from Who Killed Bruce Lee. The performances were framed by the DJ Set of Rita as the opening act and Jad Taleb as the closing set.

Grosse Party © Goethe-Institut

Live Music in Sacré-Coeur Schoolyard

Ary Jan Sarhan © Goethe-Institut Tunis

Ary Jan Sarhan

Ary Jan Sarhan is a Syrian musician, composer and Bozouk soloist player.

Gurumiran © Vartan Kelechian

Gurumiran

Gurumiran is a Lebanese-Armenian musician, producer and composer.

Charlie Rayne © Melhem Rizk

Charlie Rayne

Charlie Rayne is a singer-songwriter from Beirut. He came into the spotlight in 2013 with an EP that featured an intricate acoustic guitar sound, coupled with deep lyrics.

Who Killed Bruce Lee (Acoustic Set) © Stephan Spike Porteous

Who Killed Bruce Lee (Acoustic Set)

The Lebanese musicians Wassim Bou Maham, Marek Rizkallah, Pascal Sarkis and Hassib Dergham founded “Who Killed Bruce Lee“ three years ago.

Jad Taleb © Richard John

Jad Taleb

Jad Taleb is a sound designer, music producer and film composer born in Lebanon. He has been performing music for the last 10 years.

DJ Rita © Jad Bechara

DJ Rita

With years of decking under her belt, Rita's been spinning since 2005, meshing Techno landscapes with a dreamy touch of ethnic tapestries.
 

Digital Calligraffiti

Artists started a trans-local dialogue between Beirut and Berlin, sending calligraffiti messages back and forth via a networked live performance. Digital calligraffiti turned thus the screen at the „Große Party“ in Beirut and the façade of the CHB (Collegium Hungaricum Berlin) into digital canvases. The symbiosis is called Calligraffiti, a term that was first used in 2007 by Niels Shoe Meulmann, a famous graffiti artist and initiator of the calligraffiti ambassadors network. The aim is to expand these cultural techniques with new media technologies by animating the creation of calligraffiti art and display it on the digital infrastructure of the city ecosystem.

At the „Große Party" in Beirut, Schriftzug from Germany and Niels Shoe Meulman were joined by Lebanese Calligraffiti artists Hayat Chaaban from
Tripoli, Moe from Beirut, and Canadian media artist Mang (a.k.a Michael Ang).
 
At the CHB (Collegium Hungaricum Berlin) in Berlin, Kadir Amigo Memis, Friendly & THEOSONE sent their messages via the interactive light table Infl3ctor run by VJ Zoey Vero.

Digital Calligraffiti Campaign


Digital Calligraffiti Campaign

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Digital Calligraffiti - Urban Media Art Campaign


Digital Calligraffiti - Urban Media Art Campaign

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