25 October 2016, 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Dictaphone Group was asked to guest edit the Fall 2013 online edition of ArteEast. Based on ‘This Sea Is Mine’ project (2012), they discussed the issue of access to the sea and public space in several Arab cities. They asked the contribution of activists, artists and researchers from Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Palestine, with an aim to critically and comparatively open a debate about access to the sea as a social practice and as a right to ‘make and remake our cities’ (Harvey, 2008).

In this panel, entitled ‘The Sea Is This Way’, the following contributions will be presented by their authors:

  • Sea Narratives from Rashidieh Camp, Dictaphone Group, Lebanon

  • The Sea Is This Way, Nuha Innab, Jordan / Palestine

  • Warships in the Sea of Al-Raml Al-Janoubi, Ghiath Al Jebawi, Syria


Dictaphone is a research and performance collective that creates live art events based on a multidisciplinary study of space. It is a collaborative project initiated by live artist Tania El Khoury and architect/urbanist Abir Saksouk. Together with artist and performer Petra Serhal, they have been creating site-specific performances informed by research. The aim of these projects is to question our relationship to the city and redefine its public space.


Nuha Innab is a Palestinian-Jordanian architect. She obtained her Master degree
in Urbanism from Germany and Cairo. She has an interest in individual and collective movements, the influence of the socio-political forces on the cityscape and the citizen-state-city relation. Her interest in Amman is represented in urban photography and documentation, housing policies and their relation to the economy, in an ongoing project called ‘Traces of Socialism’.


Ghiath Al Jebawi is a Syrian architect and urbanist based in Milan-Cologne. He has a Master in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano. Al Jebawi held his bachelor of architecture from Damascus University. He worked in architecture and as an assistant lecturer at the Department of Urban Planning and Environment in Damascus. After the beginning of the Syrian war, he moved to Beirut and later to Venice where he works in language, art, and architecture.


Rana Jarbou has been researching and documenting graffiti and street art in the Arab world since 2007. Her ongoing project ‘One Thousand and One Walls’ has so far spanned 12 Arab countries. She published essays in ‘Arabic Graffiti’ and ‘Walls of Freedom’. She received an MA in Social Documentation from UCSC. Her recent documentary ‘Hajwalah’ screened in six film festivals. She is currently working on a book about graffiti in KSA.

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