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Febrik: The Watchtower of Happiness at The Mosaic Rooms

Date uploaded: November 14, 2012

Febrik: The Watchtower of Happiness at The Mosaic Rooms
26 November — 08 December 2012
Private view: Monday 26 November 2012, 6.30–8.00pm
The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, London, SW5 0SW

You are invited to the private view of The Mosaic Rooms' next exhibition by Febrik, who will be transforming The Mosaic Rooms into an interactive watchtower installation: The Watchtower of Happiness.

The private view is on Monday 26 November from 6.30-8.30pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email to [email protected]

This new work looks at the inventive, culturally specific and unique practices that demonstrators employed to occupy public spaces in three Arab cities during the recent uprisings - Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. 

The watchtower structure will also be dismantled and reconstructed at The V&A for their Friday Late on 30th November.

The Watchtower of Happiness uses these early moments of resistance and change, to turn visitors into unintentional activists through their interactions with different vantage points, viewfinders and captured images in the installation. Visitors will be able to climb the structure, take photographs of themselves in front of different backdrops, as well as other participatory elements. Visitors photographs will be shared online encouraging further interaction.

It will also include Other Landscapes of Occupation - a pop up shop. This landscape will host a series of public activities - from selling objects and items by Middle Eastern designers including: Nedda El-Asmar, Zeri Crafts, Nada Debs, Silsal, Dia Batal and Mounaya; to gathering to share stories over seasonal refreshments from the café; to watching others interact with the tower and activate its levels and vantage points; to playing with practices from this experience, including creating make-shift helmets from recycled materials.

Febrik is a collaborative platform for participatory art and design research founded by Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana Al Jabri.

Click here to download the invitation.(199 KB)