GLUB (Hearts)

2004, Video installation / "Glub" video: 30 mins, colour
Genre: Documentary and Installation
Multi-lingual with English subtitles

Written, directed and edited by Shahram Entekhabi
In collaboration with Mieke Bal
Project assistant Noa Roei 

Fluidity and fragmentation mark migratory culture in the cityscape

GLUB is Arabic for "hearts" and "seeds." In Berlin, the shells of seeds testify to migrant cultures within contemporary European urban centres. These traces of passing gestures are "low" icons of migratory aesthetics.
They help constitute an aesthetic because they mark the look of the city that, through these shells and the sociability of the people who left them, has donned a visible aspect of diversity.
One migrant said they eat them to pass the endless time of unemployment. It became a habit, then a tradition, literally incorporating a sense of family and community. The habit has now become characteristic of young migrants in European cities. The sight even became more pervasive when European youngsters began to imitate the cool-looking habit. Identity transforms itself, while contact is established within the "look" of culture.
with valuable contribution of: Maria Theresa Alves, Claudia Abugosh, Kathrin Becker, Manuela Bilir, Pat Binder, Sarda Cesür, Davoud Changizi, Reza Davudi, Jimmy Durhamy, Katerina Dyogot, Philipp Entekhabi, Jérome Gauliard, Mark Gisbourne, Dianna Glienke, Wolfgang Griltsche, Allen Hebilovic, Katarina Herzen, Leiko Ikemura, Berra Ilkan and class, Djamila Jahn, Karl Edward Johnson, Hicran Kutal, Kwang Sai-Lim, Maryam Mameghanian-Prenzlow, Shaheen Merali, Boris Mikhailov, Lise Nellemann, Ghazi Omayrat, Serkan Osman, Merve Öz, Bojana Pejic, Angelika Richter, Niko Samini, Jasmin Schmidt, Anna Rose Steinberg, Michael Steinberg, Alexander Tolnay, Leila Topic, Serdar Weitzmann, Jan Winkelmann, Sabine Winkler, Magnus Wisig, Bülant Yozgat, Ersa Yucel …

GLUB (Hearts) has appeared at the following:
- Rome, Royal Dutch Institute Rome, Interculturality Week, 15 October 2015
- Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria, October 12, 2010
- Exhibition "The Last Frontier / La última frontera: Video works by Mieke Bal, in collaboration with Michelle Williams Gamaker and Others," Curated by Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro, February 3 - March 29, 2011 (with catalogue)
- Exhibition "Towards the Other," Peter & Paul Fortress, St Petersburg, Russia, 10-29 October 2011
- Townsend Centre, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, April 24, 2008
- "Cultural Circulations: The Movement of People, Goods, Ideas" conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, January 28–29, 2005
- "Migratory Aesthetics" workshop, university theatre of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, January 5–7, 2005
- "Las formas de la Nada: Imágenes de la ausencia en el mundo contemporáneo" conference, CENDEAC, Murcia, Spain, November 30, 2004
- "The Aesthetics of Everyday Life" seminar, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, October 1, 2004
- "The Aesthetics of Everyday Life" seminar, Concordia University, Montreal, August 23, 2004

Special thank for their valuable contributions: Kathrin Becker, Dorothee Bienert, Helen Burke, Cornelia Gräbner, Ayshe Kücük, Rémy Markowitsch, Sylvia Mieszkowski, Angelika Richter, Britta Schmitz

Special thanks to the following institutions: ASCA, University of Amsterdam Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Case Western Reserve University Ohio de ateliers, Amsterdam Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart Hartnackschule für Fremdsprache Haus der Kulturen der Welt, n. b. k. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein NEXT interkulturelle Projekte PLAY_ gallery for still and motion pictures
For equipment lent Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V.
Additional images contributed by Arne Hector, Lena Michaels, Gary Ward


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