Un-Making Image #11: “The Book of the Eye”

Dirar Kalash
December 2019

In this 11th session of the “Un-Making Image” project, sound artist and writer Dirar Kalash performed a lecture-performance featuring sonic and visual elements.

Dirar discussed mechanisms of seeing and their interrelation with power, drawing a matrix of power implicit in the act of seeing. He looks into seeing in the case of warfare (from shooting to witnessing) and talks about the rol of the observer and the observed, the notion of witnessing and their relation to violence.

As well, his lecture-performance involves exploring apparatuses of seeing and practices of violence when encountering images. The performance features showing of archival images and material that Dirar has been collecting throughout the years.

About Dirar:
Dirar Kalash is a sound artist, researcher and writer whose work spands a wide range of musical and sonic practices within a variety of compositional and improvisational contexts. His performative and compositional approaches to instruments, techniques and aesthetics are highly political as they challenge dichotomies, hierarchies and binary logics of new/old and west/east as tools of cultural imperialism and hegemony. The methods he uses are based upon his research into the intersections and relationships of music and sound with other contexts such as language, architecture, mathematics, visual arts and further social and human sciences. Dirar’s sonic output is published under the name Al-bayan.

* This project is supported by Gemente Rotterdam (Subsidie Visuele Kunsten) and Stad in de Maak. This event is hosted by TENT Rotterdam.