Dictaphone Group

Dictaphone Group is a Beirut-based collective of live art and urban research. It is collaborative project initiated by live artist Tania El Khoury and urbanist and architect Abir Saksouk. Together, along with various collaborators such as performance artist Petra Serhal, they have been making site-specific shows informed by research in places such as a cable car, a fisherman’s boat and a disused bus. The aim of these projects is to question our relationship to the city and redefine its public space.

For more details, visit Dictaphone Group website or contact dictaphonegroup@gmail.com. Below are a selection of the works I co-created as part of Dictaphone Group.

 

Camp Pause

Camp Pause is a video installation in collaboration with four residents in Rashidieh refugee camp in the South of Lebanon. It explores the camp’s relationship to the sea as a border. Read an article about the project written by the makers.

 

Nothing to Declare

Nothing To Declare is the group’s first lecture performance and was developed during a residency at Watermill Studios in the United States in April 2013. It explores internal and national borders in Lebanon through a study of its train system. The piece was also presented as a video installation and a book publication.

 

This Sea Is Mine

Dictaphone Group’s iconic project that opened up a much needed conversation about the right to access the sea in Lebanon. The project invites audience on a fishermen’s boat in order to enter the privatised part of the seashore. This Sea Is Mine includes a publication that maps the ownership of Beirut’s seashore, and was also turned into a sound piece.

 

Bit Téléférique

Dictaphone Group’s first project took place in a cable car in the Lebanese city of Jounieh going from the sea towards the mountain. The piece took the shape of an alternative city tour while used the city as a scenography. The project established the collective’s interest in understanding how our cities have turned their backs to the sea.