The Making of the Third Space

Posted on: May 31st, 2009 by Ramsey 16 Comments

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Music by Aziz Maraka.

Letting Us Down

Posted on: May 31st, 2009 by Ramsey 42 Comments
Tourists in Petra

Tourists in Petra

This is a response to an editorial published in the Jordan Times newspaper by a tourist who recently visited Jordan.

Dear A.H. Ekker,

First of all, thank you for sharing your opinion. I specifically appreciate the token “in Jordan people are very friendly and hospitable” as a introduction to your critique of exactly how Jordanian are not friendly and not hospitable.

Thanks for coming to our country and spending your valuable Euros in our hotels, tourist sites, and restaurants. We appreciate the financial support, especially during these difficult financial times.

Jordanians and Arabs in general are some of the most welcoming people in the world. Guests are treated as royalty. But there is a point when your welcome is over.

As for the rudeness, foul stench, and donkey races, we are very sorry that your experience wasn’t that of the other 100 sites you’ve been to. We sincerely apologize for ruining your Oriental view of Arabs, and their ability to entertain guests. We are sorry it didn’t live up to that article you read in some travel magazine about a Bedouin butchering a lamb in your honor as you arrived in Petra. We apologize that you stepped in some dung.

See, dearest Ekker, the problem isn’t the rudeness, the fragrances, or the animals – but rather the problem is the arrogance and imperialistic nature of which most European and American tourists tour around our land with. See, when hordes of tourists come everyday, the welcome starts to ware out. When the tourists come and use our precious water, drive prices through the roof, and push intelligent Jordanians into remedial jobs like cleaning your hotel rooms, your experience will most notably suffer.

Just because USAID pays for tourist projects, doesn’t mean that everyone wants water-wasting, energy-intensive, and environment-damaging groups poking through our ancient lands. Just because eco and tourism becomes eco-tourism, and sustainable gets tacked onto development, doesn’t make it true.

For those of us who live here and this is our home, we don’t welcome the damage you cause.

So next time someone ignores you, or doesn’t bow in your royal presences, think twice about why that is. And even if they do, it isn’t because they are welcoming you, but more likely that you’ve taught “those very young girls” who were “very hard to get rid of” that white, European tourist means one thing: money.

Thanks,
Rumzi Lyddawi

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A Bus You'll Want to Ride

Posted on: May 31st, 2009 by Ramsey No Comments

Imagine a bus; a traveling project with citizen journalists, who make a local paper in each new city, and share blogged stories from the different cities through focuses on common identity. Journalism made by locals together with the project creators of the bus. Think of a rolling music studio setting out to make a soundtrack of the Middle East, identifying musicians in each city that works on the tracks of the previous city, all under the theme of local communities´ sound.

The Middle East Expedition will host an open meeting for people who would like to know more about the project but also people who could see themself engaging in the organizational part of creating such a cool project like this. An unique opportunity to get your-self involved with a one of a kind project that will have a huge outreach.

DATE CHANGE

The meeting will take place at Makan (Nadim Al-Mallah Street, Jabal Luweibdeh) the 3rd of June at 7pm. Click here for more information.

The Middle East Expedition is a caravan of buses travelling Jordan, Syria and Lebanon in the summer 2010 to discover new and creative ways of engagement and involvement in the society that surround us. We belive that the youth of today have ideas and actionbased potential to create dialogue and awareness between the agenda setters of tomorrow. We will travel to break down barriers and create youth based projects that can reach local communities in a new and uniqe way. Do you have a project in mind that could engage people or do you want to be a part of “driving” the bus – hook up with The Middle East Expedition – coming to a town near you.

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The Middle East Expedition – An Open Meeting

Posted on: May 29th, 2009 by Ramsey 5 Comments

The Middle East Expedition will host an open meeting for people who would like to know more about the project but also people who could see themself engaging in the organizational part of creating such a cool project like this. An unique opportunity to get your-self involved with a one of a kind project that will have a huge outreach.

Come and hear more about the project and find out if it is something you would like to be a part of.

Location: Makan, Nadim Al-Mallah Street, Jabal Luweibdeh

The Middle East Expedition is a caravan of buses travelling Jordan, Syria and Lebanon in the summer 2010 to discover new and creative ways of engagement and involvement in the society that surround us. We belive that the youth of today have ideas and actionbased potential to create dialogue and awareness between the agenda setters of tomorrow. We will travel to break down barriers and create youth based projects that can reach local communities in a new and uniqe way. Do you have a project in mind that could engage people or do you want to be a part of “driving” the bus – hook up with The Middle East Expedition – coming to a town near you.

Imagine a bus; a travelling project with citizen journalists, who make a local paper in each new city, and share blogged stories from the different cities through focuses on common identity. Journalism made by locals together with the project creators of the bus. Think of a rolling music studio setting out to make a soundtrack of the Middle East, identifying musicians in each city that works on the tracks of the previous city, all under the theme of local communities´ sound.
See in your mind’s eye United Stencilists of the Middle East. Consider the effect of a moving local radio station.
The MeXp is an action based idea in motion. It is a travelling bus filled with creative people rolling through the Middle East to discuss social engagement with a new and creative approach. With each stop in different cities in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, the people on the bus will discuss engagement and involvement with the people they meet, by developing the projects jointly.
100 young academics and artists from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Denmark will use the next year to prepare projects to go on the bus in the summer 2010. The projects come from the participants’ own interests and knowledge, and the form depends on their decisions. While the bus is travelling the projects will develop even further, and through the discussions with the local communities it will take form and change.
This idea explores how to talk to people through what they know best. If a filmmaker talks to another filmmaker, something different will come out of it, than if he or she is sat down in a workshop to discuss. Here, joined artistic outcomes will rise from discussions of differences and similarities with the people you work with, and the people you meet. The creative projects are the door opener to get in contact with the locals, and discuss how we all reflect on our daily lives and how we act within our own communities.
The outcome of the bus will be a major network of creative thinkers, who wish to think their own possibilities in a new light. New art projects will come: creative ideas that are carried through with the audience. Common themes will be discussed to find diversity and connections, and a new focus will be put on involvement, engagement and responsibility.
So how will this actually be accomplished? Think creativity differently.
This idea will be carried through when enough people commit to it, and engage themselves in planning and doing it. Organizers are needed, thinking out of the box is needed, creativity and debates are in the line.

Go figure, come join us.

- The MeXp team

chronicles of refugee ذاكرة اللجوء

Posted on: May 28th, 2009 by Ramsey No Comments

Location: lewaibdeh-mohtaraf remal for arts
Street: nemer al edwan st. across from feras hotel
City/Town: Amman, Jordan

Phone: 0795815609
Email: [email protected]

فيلم وثائقي يتحدث عن يوميات النكبة من خلال شهادات شخصية من اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في مخيمات اللجوء وفي الشتات في مناطق العالم المختلفة منذ العام 1967 وحتى الآن
كما يكشف عن الأثر الذي يخلفه اللجوء على المجتمعات المختلفة
الفيلم من اعداد واخراج
بيرلا عيسى
اسيل منصور
آدم شبيرو
يعرض في محترف رمال للفنون بالتعاون مع العربية لحماية الطبيعة يوم الخميس 2009/5/28 الساعة 8:00 مساءً
والدعوة عامة
A decumantary film by
Perla issa
Aseel mansour
Adam shapiro
talking about the daily nakbas documents the repeated explosions of the palestinians from cerious countries and refugee camps around the world since 1967 until today and explore their impact on a comunity under instant of being made refugees a second,third or fourth time.

the film will be screend at mohtaraf remal for arts by cooperative with arab group for the protection of nature
on thursday 28may,2009 at 8:00 pm
its openend for public