Qalqalah, a Reader
In 2015, Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research, and the Kadist Art Foundation Paris, are launching the joint publication [Qalqalah, a “reader” gathering contributions from artists and researchers on a variety of interlinked issues. The name Qalqalah is taken from a text by Cairo-based curator Sarah Rifky. In the text, the eponymous heroine, living in the near future, gradually loses her memory in a world where notions of language, art and economy have quietly collapsed. In this world of reconstituted, fluid knowledge, which inspires a mixture of hope and fear, the meaning of the Arabic name Qalqalah—“a movement of language, a phonetic vibration, a rebound or echo”—suggests one way of moving forward.
Conceived as an online, bilingual (French/English) publication, Qalqalah provides an outlet for international voices that are not always heard in France, and vice versa. Rather than follow a purely event-based logic, Qalqalah develops over time to form a space for interactions, overlaps, digressions and interpretations, for the deepening of lines of research, the sharing of resources, and the development of critical thought decentered from Western points of reference.
Edited by: Virginie Bobin, Mélanie Bouteloup, Victorine Grataloup, Elodie Royer and Emilie Villez.
Graphic design: Syndicat (Qalqalah 1 and 2) / Guillaume Ettlinger & Jérôme Valton (Qalqalah 4).
Qalqalah is supported by the UDPN program - Usages des patrimoines numérisés (Idex SPC).
The first issue released in April 2015, gathers contributions from Marie-laure Allain Bonilla, Lotte Arndt, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Maryam Jafri, Saadat Hasan Manto, Pedro Neves Marques, Marian Nur Goni and Erika Nimis, Helihanta Rajaonarison, Sarah Rifky and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa.
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The second issue released in February 2016, gathers contributions of Antariksa, Biljana Ciric, Maxime Guitton, Marianna Hovhannisyan, Otobong Nkanga, Victoria Noorthoorn, Sarah Rifky and Simon Soon.
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For its third issue, Qalqalah renews its format. The articles will be published quarterly to better resonate with the interrogations posed by the artists and theoreticians invited by Kadist, Bétonsalon and Villa Vassilieff. The theoretician Lotte Arndt has been invited to conceive the editorial line of this composite issue as Associate Editor.
For this first issue (Qalqalah 3-1/4 released in March 2017), the Viennese theorist Nora Sternfeld ventures into the field of fiction in order to create the necessary distance from rough reality to better understand the stakes of the present time.
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