Recreational Meetings

Recreational Meeting: Architecture with Mahdi Sabbagh

Friday, February 12, 2021, 3 pm, Dia Online

Event Details 
Friday, February 12, 2021, 3–4:15 pm
Live on Zoom

Hosted live on Zoom, each session is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations are no longer available.

Session Description 
Recreational Meeting: Architecture with Mahdi Sabbagh 

Developed in collaboration with architect Mahdi Sabbagh, this session utilizes collaborative digital drawing as a tool to explore architectural activism, imagination, and intimacy. 

Program Description 
Fridays, February 5–March 12, 2021, 3–4:15 pm

Facilitated by artist and educator Stephen Kwok in collaboration with a series of guest artists, these workshops invite participants to reimagine digital platforms and the social formats that they prescribe through experimental and experiential exercises. In practice, these sessions explore how distance may enable, rather than limit, engagement with our surroundings, ourselves, and each other.

Stephen Kwok makes experimental events that incorporate sculpture, live performance, digital media, and text. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in business administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was an artist-in-residence at Delfina Foundation’s Performance as Process program in London. Kwok has exhibited at Seoul Museum of Art; Surplus Space, Wuhan; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn; Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; and Lawndale Art Center, Houston. 

Mahdi Sabbagh is a practicing architect and urbanist. His work focuses on master planning, university campus design, and institutional projects. In 2019 he co-organized Palfest, the Palestine Festival of Literature. He is also the co-editor of Perspecta 50: Urban Divides (MIT Press, 2017). His writing has been published in the FunambulistJadaliyya, Jerusalem Quarterly, and Public Culture. He holds a master of architecture from Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut. 

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