We Can Make Rain but No One Came to Ask
Artists' Research Laboratory (XV CSAV)
1–22 July 2009
This workshop engaged artworks, writings, and concepts dealing with events of extreme physical, psychological, and other forms of violence. In particular, the workshop was concentrate on the philosophical, historical, political, economic, and formal assumptions that informed Walid Raad's art projects including The Atlas Group and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Arab World, and on Jalal Toufic's concepts, especially "The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster." The focus was on artist-led presentations, film/video screenings, and readings. Moreover, participants were expected to discuss actively their current research and/or art projects, in group sessions as well as in individual meetings.