14 Proper Nouns, a set of references, drawn from Hassan Khan's seminal work 17 and in AUC, will serve as subject matter for a fortnight of discussion between the artist and curator-in-residence Nida Ghouse.
The discussions will be rooted in 17 and in AUC the transcriptions, which is a document of every audible word uttered by the artist during a 56-hour performative action that took place in a rented apartment in downtown Cairo. Over 14 consecutive nights in 2003, from 7 until 11 pm, the artist sat in a sound proofed one-way mirrored glass room, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes, literally reflecting onto himself. In front of an audience he could neither see nor hear, his primary purpose was to speak of the years he spent from 1990 to 1995 as a teenager at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
The programme for the à»proper nounsà¼ is as follows:
Friday 21 October: Funhouse
a year in the house of bliss and loss
Saturday 22 October: Yassin El Tohamy
the munshid who made philosophical poetry as popular as coca-cola
Sunday 23 October: Egyptian TV
strategies learnt from the world's worst television
Monday 24 October: Pulmolar
a cough syrup that bent streets and made asphalt soft
uesday 25 October: John Cage
the tapes that came after reading silence
Wednesday 26 October: Attar
daily breakdowns at the theater workshop
Thursday 27 October: Midan Ramsis
paranoia and ecstasy with the crowd
Friday 28 October: Hendrix
a guitar becomes something else
Saturday 29 October: JC Auditorium
auteur cinema and the incredible power of the living moving face
Sunday 30 October: William Blake
how hell was made dense
Monday 31 October: Ard El Golf
making noise in bedrooms and on rooftops
Tuesday 1 November: Sherif
a friendship forged through a shifting lens
Wednesday 2 November: Cairo Atelier
the haunt of the corrupt intellectual
Thursday 3 November: English Literature
a university department with a seminar room
Hassan Khan (b.1975) is an artist, musician and writer. He lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.
Nida Ghouse (b. 1982) is a writer and curator based in Bombay, India, and the first recipient of the DELFINA-FICA Research Fellowship residency in partnership with Iniva and Goldsmiths.
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