‘Computational Arabic’ | Coffee reading As Medium

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Third event of our March program "LP for & by women".

We welcome Rita-Josy Haddoub, who will be moderating a collective workshop exploring the potential of coffee reading as medium, as part of an on-going work series titled ‘Computational Arabic’, currently on view at Constant Association for Art and Media.

Deliberately taking place at Lagrange Points, where dense Arabic coffee remains integral to the cafe’s sociality, this encounter aims to begin a conversation around coffee reading as a medium; in regards to the social, artistic and technological implications embedded in it.

Coffee stains, as a residue of drinking dense coffee marked in cups, have traditionally functioned as a medium in itself igniting conversations around an interpolation of imaginations. With ephemeral figures and spoken stories reading the contours found in cups, coffee reading is a cultural practice integral to the production of social exchanges and imaginations across the Arab region.

In exploring the ways this cultural practice is part of a knowledge system that creates inferences and affects decision-making, this workshop will try to moderate a conversation on the potentialities coffee reading as a social technology enacts. Beginning the evening with reading excerpts from ‘Decolonising the Digital: Technology as Cultural Practice’ and 'What Computers Still Can’t Do: A Critique of Artificial Reason’ a conversation will unfold to think through coffee reading as a medium, where imagination is a valuable modality.

. What sort of technology does coffee reading enact?
. Not trying to preserve coffee reading as an artefact, but how to re-signify it, and to
which purpose?
. How do you navigate the hierarchy implicit in the power relation at work in coffee reading, as traditionally practice?

-> Are biases negative or not, what is informing the coffee reader?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the workshop, with the aim of opening up a collective conversation.

*** Computational Arabic is part of Constant_V, a series of small installations in the window of Constant, with a view on Free, Libre and Open Source culture.
With the support of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Arts Numériques. ***

Date & Time
March 30, 2022
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Europe/Brussels

Lagrange Points Brussels

Rue des tanneurs 114
1000 Brussels
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