Congress of Idling Persons
At ZK/U Bassem will be finishing the editing and post-production of his film Congress of Idling Persons, which is a film essay featuring four interlocutors who examine a cartography of protest, crisis, humanitarian and mutual aid, migrant labour, and Palestinian outsider status. Punctuated by the late Arab Spring and the Black Lives Matter revolts of 2020, as well as by the Beirut port explosion, the film weaves through transhistorical constants, from collective rage to mutualism. He will also be developing a short fiction text with the same title.
Conspiratorial Logistics and the Late Arab Spring
In parallel, he will be working on a research and mapping project titled Conspiratorial Logistics and the Late Arab Spring for the Vertical Atlas publication. The project will look at the privative regulations and infrastructural/cloud developments that sparked the revolt in each historical episode, the infrastructural disruptions accomplished by the protests, the geopolitical influences involved and accusations of foreign backing levelled at the protesters and the contributions made by groups written out of the dominant narrativization of the protests, such as migrant worker, refugee, and women’s rights groups.