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Alserkal Residency Public Programme: Spring Cycle 2018

Alserkal Residency presents the Spring Cycle 2018 Public Programme by residents Michael John Whelan, Suzy Halajian and Kosmas Nikolaou.

Hydrogen Helium
5 March 2018 | 6-8PM
6 March 2018 | all day


Hydrogen Helium is a new 10-channel sound installation by Michael John Whelan. A solo voice lists 28 obsolete star constellations that once took the form of animals. Some were recognised for decades, some for centuries, until their deletion in 1922. Each channel is delayed slightly, allowing the names of the constellations to merge, shift and grow together, creating both a cacophony of loss and the birth of a new unrecognisable lexicon. Voice: Cillian Murphy, sound recording: Brian Crosby. (Image: the constellation Noctua the Owl, Card 32 of Urania's Mirror, 1824.)

Michael John Whelan was born in Dublin, Ireland. His work has been exhibited and screened internationally in institutions, galleries and project spaces. He is represented by Grey Noise, Dubai and has work is in a number of public and private collections.



Screening Program and Discussion: Anti-Ethnography & INAATE/SE/
11 March 2018 | 7PM
12 March 2018 | 7PM


Screening schedule: 

Anti-Ethnography
Organized by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil
11 March 2018 | 7PM
Alserkal Residency Project Space


Anti-Ethnography is a selection of video works which examine the violence inherent in the ethnographic impulse, and unveils the absurd fetishism underpinning the discipline.
Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Adam Khalil, producer Steve Holmgren, and curator Suzy Halajian.

INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./]
Directed by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil
12 March | 7PM
A4 Cinema Room


Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil’s 2016 film re-imagines an ancient Ojibway story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With acute geographic specificity, and grand historical scope, the film fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary indigenous identity.
Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Adam Khalil, producer Steve Holmgren, and curator Suzy Halajian.

Suzy Halajian is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles.



Sinesiu Kirinis 24
14 March 2018 | 7:30 PM


Sinesiu Kirinis 24 is a storytelling encounter. 
Analytical tools like excavation, free association, evidence and witness are used in an abstract way to create an open narration. Findings, leftovers or abandoned items, props, devices, rumours, sayings and spoken words are coming together and reenact a memory. Sinesiu Kirinis 24 is a short duration guided tour that tries to create different environments and settings. It is a work in progress that presents the on-going research during the residency period. It is an attempt to work with the idea of the archaeology and the politics of gossip.

Kosmas Nikolaou is an artist. He lives and works in Athens. His practice deals with memory, architercture, scenography, pseudoscience and narration. He is co-founder of the artist run space 3 137 in Athens.