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/si:n/ Festival of Video Art & Performance 2017

5th edition

12-15 June 2017




For its fifth edition, the 2017 /si:n/ festival for video art and performance will run for four days, from june 12th-15th. Events will take place in the central Palestinian cities of Jerusalem, Gaza, Bethlehem and Ramallah. A selection of video art installations, performances and film screenings by noted local and international artists will be exhibited in multiple venues and connected through organized tours of cityscapes in the four localities.


This edition is brought together through the efforts and generous contributions of A. M. Qattan Foundation, Goethe-Institut Ramallah, Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques, Palestinian Art Court -al Hoash, Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Eltiqa Group, Shababek for Contemporary Art, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah Municipality, RIWAQ and Birzeit University Museum.

This year’s programme encourages festival participants to experience artworks in an urban context and thereby also explore the city through video art and performance. Rich and diverse, the programme engages the public in a variety of events:



Curated by Yazid Anani, Lurking Green is a video work that explores the disruptive appearance in Palestine of Ring-Necked Parakeets. Illegally released into the country decades ago, they adapted quickly to their new environment and have bred in large numbers, competing aggressively with local Hoopoes and Woodpeckers for nesting sites. The hidden scene of the parakeets is brought into conversation with the current geopolitical situation in Palestine in this video work presented by the A. M. Qattan Foundation (AMQF.)


Presented by the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre and curated by Lara Khaldi and Reem Shilleh, Desires into Fossils: Disrupting Monuments (the video program) examines the theme of monuments in Palestine. Examining how monuments are experienced, shape collective consciousness and entice narratives, Desires into Fossils opens up into a broader exploration of notions of death, the politics of museumification and the congealing of identity.


GossipTV, a performance by artist Blake Shaw presented in collaboration with AMQF and Ramallah Municipality is an exploration through video art and visual poetics of the Palestinian struggle, treating central themes of return to the homeland and resistance to the Israeli occupation, including the politics of boycotting the occupation.



All Power to the Poetic Imagination is a video installation curated by Marc Mercier and Naïk M'Sili. A collection of videos, the work explores our need for a poetic imagination in a world harried by ubiquitous visual imagery, in which pressing political realities are obscured and our very ability to sense and make sense is undone. The work is presented by Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques and exhibited at the Birzeit University Museum.




The interactive performance Drift, created by game designer Sebastian Quack, is presented by the Goethe-Institut and the Palestinian Art Court (Al Hoash.) Wearing earphones, participants in Drift explore a city en ensemble without the help of maps or guides, their only collective compass a shared soundtrack. The work prods them to experience their surroundings in a playful and adventurous way, discovering paths and spaces otherwise overlooked and neglected. Drift will take place on June 12th and 13th in Jerusalem and on June 14th in Ramallah.




Curated by Shareef Sarhan and Raed Issa and jointly presented by Eltiqa Group and Shababeek for Contemporary Art, the exhibition Life in Gaza in 90 Seconds addresses the fraught contradictions of everyday life in the Gaza Strip. Comprising a collection of 90 second videos, the exhibition treats the gruelling living conditions of Palestinians in Gaza and their daily struggles to fashion liveable lives amidst their predicament.



Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem presents By Chance, a diverse collection of short films produced by its students. Through film and multimedia a wide variety of works offer visual and electronic meditations provoked by the concept of chance.



Film program in Ramallah, Jerusalem and Gaza:

Recollection (2015) by Kamal Aljafari, and Daga’a (2015) by Shadi Habiballah.


RIWAQ will organize screenings of a selection of the program films in the villages in which the organization has worked.




The /si:n/ festival for video art and performance was established in 2009 by a group of culture and art institutions. The festival aims to create spaces for the exhibition of and research into video art and performance, and to encourage new forms of seeing and interaction. Building on  cooperation among its partner institutions, it is intended to introduce new formulas of collective cultural and artistic work. Seeking to challenge both geographical and political divisions, it strives to extend the scope of its work and public outreach across all of Palestine.

/si:n/ Festival 2015

Reclaiming the Public Space

7 – 9 July 2015


The fourth edition of the /si:n/ Festival of Video Art and Performance aims to ambush spectators wherever they are in urban spaces. Potential spectators might be driving by, out to enjoy the nights of Ramadan; others might stop at the sleepless shop windows and electronic billboards and not find advertisements but videos, installations and artworks instead. The streets will embrace artists as they express their emotions and interpret their ideas in contemporary performances.


This year, /si:n/ extends its content out to the public in cities and villages: to Ramallah, Jaba’, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Gaza. It reaches out to a wide range of Palestinians through an urban display of videos and performances, on the streets and in the unclaimed corners of public space, where the holy month of Ramadan invites people to reclaim the cool summer nights.


The biannual /si:n/ festival is a joint initiative by various Palestinian and international partners.

/si:n/ Festival 2013

The Culture and Arts Programme in partnership with Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques (Marseille), the French-German Cultural Centre, the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre (Ramallah), organised between 17-23 July the third edition of /si:n/ festival of video art & performance in July 2013. The festival was held under the title “The Lonely Crowd”, an exhibition of commissioned artworks curated by Lara Khaldi (Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre) and Reem Shilleh (A M Qattan Foundation). Nine artists have been invited by the curators to produce video installations and performances that were dispersed throughout the public spaces of Ramallah. The artists include Majd Abdel Hamid, Alaa Aboasad, Noor Abu Arafeh, Dia Barghouti, Shuruq Harb, Ihab Jadallah, Yazan Khalili, Samar Haddad King, and Tarek Knorn, in addition to compiled programmes of videos created by Mosireen, a Cairo based collective of media activists, that were presented during the festival. The festival also included three curated screening programmes of video works and films created by international artists, and curated Les Instants Video to mark 50 years of video art. There was be a number of outdoor film screenings and public lectures and presentations by Kamal Aljafari (Palestine), Robert Stéphane & Nadine Janssens (Belgium), and Willy Legaud (France). Another live performance took place in a public space was by the German Artist Rochus Aust in Ramallah, Jenin and Jerusalem.


/si:n/ Festival 2011

The second /si:n/ Festival of Video Art & Performance presents rich and diverse spectrum of video art & performance works by dozens of international, Arab and Palestinian artists. In addition to screenings & installations of video art and performances by Palestinian artists, the festival invited international guest curators to curate programmes of video art from Morocco, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia and Quebec. The Festival features works by prominent artists from around the world, and, in addition to lectures and talks by guest artists, there will be a series of live performance works and a workshop. The festival runs for seven days, from June 6th – 12th. Events take place in various venues in Bethlehem, Birzeit, Gaza, Jerusalem & Ramallah.

The festival is a result of a partnership and collaboration between a group of institutions working in the arts in Palestine: the A. M. Qattan Foundation, Al Mahatta Gallery, the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre,   French-German Cultural Centre (Ramallah), Birzeit University Ethnographic and Art Museum & the Virtual Gallery (Birzeit), Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques (Marseille), Palestinian Art Court – Al Hoash, Al Ma'amal Foundation for Contemporary Art (Jerusalem), Eltiqa Group for Contemporary Art (Gaza) , and Dar al-Kalima College (Bethlehem). These organisations were brought together by their mutual interests and desire to see this event take place, and their willingness to share the necessary tasks and responsibilities to realise an international event such as this.

The Festival was established in 2009 and initiated a dialogue and exploration of the practices of video art and performance; it featured a varied repertoire of works and created platforms for interaction and discussion. The 2011 /si:n/ festival similarly aims to be a meeting space for knowledge, discussion and production. We hope this year’s events will contribute to establishing the Festival in the art scene in Palestine, and contribute both to its development and vitality and to it becoming a pivotal platform that will attract new participation locally, regionally and internationally. 

/si:n/ Festival 2009

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