H: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Text Performance)
"Metabolism" Group Show, Beirut Art Center, Nov 2016
“A work may be in origin unconnected with the mainstream of [...] history, but if the [...] world co-opts the work, and circulates it as [...], then it is [...], because it is the living representatives of this [...] world, namely [...], [...], [...] and [...], who have the power to decide these matters, not ‘history’.”
Alfred Gell, “The Art of Anthropology: Essays and Diagrams.”
H: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is the second chapter of a detective diary in Beirut. So far the story goes like this: A and B, two failing artists in Chicago ponder the affirmative death project of their friend S. Considering art, attention refraction, and horses, A&B set about their own half-dead project, and investigate the whereabouts of the broken Zij - the cracked diary of the sky - which would, if all goes well, remember the dismembered sun of attention.
During their own diary, A&B’s narrative proxies encounter H (a solar entrepreneur and a notorious historical figure in Lebanese drug smuggling networks) and the pervert sun-god emperor Heliogabalus, and form scattered thoughts on what happened to emotions after the 60s. Somehow unwillingly, the proxies land in the premises of a blockbuster documentary film production about a drug rehabilitation center...