Posted: December 20th, 2010
Bodies on the Line: Shirin Neshat & Carol Becker

Columbia School of Arts Dean Carol Becker speaking with visual artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat about her work, specifically her recent film “Women Without Men.”

Bodies on the Line was a 9-day colloquium at New York University, bringing together 9 artists and writers from across genres and around the world to share work, ideas and process. The subject was borders. There are the real borders, such as the ones that are the focus in debates about immigration policy in this country and around the world. There are also political and ideological borders that divide us. On the one hand, borders limit us, and make us vulnerable. On the other hand we want to look at the possibilities and opportunities at border lines.

Bodies on the Line considered the border as a point of energy and creativity in different regions and spheres of life. The goal of the colloquium was to create new artistic partnerships, to inspire future projects, and to use artistic practice as a way of investigating new and historical ideas. Artists together to discuss, in their own unique ways, and with their own unique creative resources, some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Recorded Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Union Theological Seminary. Total runtime: 99 minutes.

  • James

    Moustafa Bayoumi is a writer and an associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is the author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, which was published by The Penguin Press in 2008. How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? won two national awards, an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction, and has also been selected as the common reading by several colleges. Bayoumi has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on CNN, FOX News (Detroit), Book TV, and National Public Radio (multiple times), along with several European media outlets (from Sweden, Greece, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland). Bayoumi is also the editor of two books, The Edward Said Reader (2000) and Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and how it changed the course of the Israel/Palestine conflict (2010). He has published many essays in prominent academic journals, including The Yale Journal of Criticism, Interventions, Transitions, Amerasia, Alif, and Arab Studies Quarterly. He has also written for many popular venues, such as New York Magazine,, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, The National, The Village Voice, and The Nation. His essay “Disco Inferno,” originally published in The Nation, was included in the collection Best Music Writing of 2006. His essay on being an Arab extra on the set of Sex and the City 2 was recently published in The New York Times Magazine. He currently serves on the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report.

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