Behind Shelves

For SAVVYZΛΛR, Jasmina Al-Qaisi takes you BEHIND SHELVES: The feature format aims at reordering memories and different moments in the activities of SAVVY Contemporary recalled by members, audiences and objects, books into various themes and alongside personal stories.

BEHIND SHELVES is one possible response to how moments can be catalogued, how performativity, as the constant friction of time and of memories can be reminded and made accessible. It stars the invisible, the unnoticed, and remnants of the act, the practice, the event, and works towards changing meanings given to things reinvesting them back. These objects are anchors to memory, as much as mnemonic tools, and are part of various earthly methods of documentation. The title is inspired by a practice of collecting little objects after performances and saving them behind shelves, a non-normative archival process developed by Jasmina Al-Qaisi, archivist of the  SAVVY.doc and host of the format.