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Published on Jul 22, 2014
This intervention was performed on 28 June in the lobby of the Hall Building at Concordia University on the last day of the Hemispheric Institute's 2014 Encuentro, "Manifest!" Performers: Andrea Assaf, Gita Hashemi Camera: Gita Hashemi, Nyx Zierhut Edit: Gita Hashemi Video produced by: http://SubversivePress.Org Soundtrack to Andrea Assaf's performance: "Arabo-cuban Improvisation" by Hanine & Son Cubano And the following tracks from "Eleven Reflections on September" (an Art2Action Inc. production, created & directed by Andrea Assaf): "Newsreel" 1 & 2 -- sound design by Owen Henry & Keegan Fraley "Summer Rain (instrumental)" -- by Salah Abdel Fattah, Tim O'Keefe & Aida Shahghasemi "Aida's Solo" -- by Aida Shahghasemi "See You Tomorrow" -- Recorded Live at Tahrir Square (anonymous) "Medley for Egypt" -- by Salah Abdel Fattah, Tim O'Keefe & Aida Shahghasemi Original Soundtrack available at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/andreaassaf Art2Action Inc.: http://www.art2action.org ================ THE STORY
Andrea Assaf's work, titled I Am/Not Enamored, a durational performance intervention, was created as a response to Nao Bustamante's "Silver and Gold" which was a featured performance at the Encuentro.
Over the previous three days, Gita Hashemi's embodied writing interventions, titled "Imagined Encounters with My Other Half," had been marking missed opportunities for hemispheric dialogue inclusive of the diversity of people and histories present on the continent.
On her way to mark the Hall Building, where all of the Encuentro's keynote speeches and panel conversations were held, Gita ran into Nyx Zierhut who told her about Andrea's impromptu performance also at the Hall Building. They walked there together and followed Andrea's voice to where she was already performing.
The collaboration between Andrea Assaf and Gita Hashemi was unplanned and improvised.