Mia Habib Productions

Stranger Within

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A performance for gallery space, black box space and installation- mixed media.

 The performance consists of three parts:

Part one is a screening of a documentary film about Stranger Within’s travel in North

Norway meeting people and places during the artistic process.

Audience is seated around a long dinner table filled with objects, photos, books and masks

from the journey.

Part two is a 32 minute long performance in a separate space with Mia Habib and Jassem

Hindi performing with leather masks inside of their own installation of objects and sound

documents from their journey.

Audience is seated along one of the walls of the space.

 

Part three is a dinner around the dinner table accompanied by conversations and maybe a

pop-up performance lecture by a guest.

 

When not performing the space(s) can work as a mixed media installation with the objects

in the space and a soundscape made for it.

Duration: 3 hours

Stranger within (documentary film) 45 ”

The film follows artists Mia Habib and Jassem Hindi on their travels with starting points Alta and Kirkenes during the autumn of 2017 and is a road movie about meeting people and places during an artistic process. The film brings the viewer into people’s homes, and is a personal and intimate close-up with different people who let themselves be surprised and bewildered by Habib and Hindi’s invasion of their daily lives. We also meet the artistic guests Helle Siljeholm and Sina Seifee.

Vibeke Heide is a graduate in directing from the Norwegian Film School. She has previously written, directed and produced the short films Bunker and Og Leken Er God and made a number of music videos and other video works. Heide writes, directs and produces her own films, through the production company Sentimeter Film. Among several appreciations, Bunker received The Amanda Award for the best short film in 2015. Her films have been awarded and have been screened at a number of festivals inside and outside of Norway the last few years.

Commissioned by Transcultural Art Productions and directed by Vibeke Heide in collaboration with Astrid Skumsrud Johansen and Janne Lindgren, Photo: Janne Lindgren. Film editor: Astrid Skumsrud Johansen, Co-producer: Sentimeter Film / Heide. Producer: TrAP

Watch documentary:

https://vimeo.com/295198318/ee3ee295df,

Password: weinsist

Touring

Research tour + Dance against food – 22/01/2017 to 17/11/2018 in and around:

Utøya, Tromsø, Alta, Storekorsnes, Kautukeino, Tana Bru, Oslo, Kirkenes, Storskog.

Review

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Bio & Statement

Mia Habib and Jassem Hindi have been working together since 2007 – using mixed media; time-based, relational, archival, performance and sound art. Their work started under We Insist, a collaboration with Rani Nair. They sit with the question of where is time-based art created and who can see it.

Statement: Their work is ”stuck inside reality”; acknowledging as much as possible that the ecology in which the work is created is part of the work itself. A major part of the creation starts outside of art institutions and venues, preferring open milieu, heteronomic poetics and social interactions. Art is not given any privilege over meeting people, standing outside, exploring houses and sharing meals. It is always open to being constantly transformed and interrupted, misunderstood and complicated. It stands for a radical relation to otherness, and starting in the middle of everything. The ”creation” of the work is mostly done in the public sphere (houses, streets, mountains, public spaces). However, it is also an important part of the work to put a special effort into documentation, and creation of transmissible and repeatable objects (performances, sound installations, lectures, workshops) that can be shared afterwards, with the support and partnership of art institutions, and with transparency as to the endeavours.

Mia and Jassem have been doing a variety of works around the world using this problematic of where art is what art is,making installations on the wall between the USA and Mexico, meetings in Damascus, immersive performances in Norway, flash happenings in Morocco, etc.

Concept and direction: Mia Habib and Jassem Hindi
Co – Produced by: TrAP
Supported by: Arts Council Norway, Oslo Kommune

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