A first excerpt appeared in Translated By; an audio exhibition/anthology of texts about place by writers that also included Adania Shibli, Hisham Matar, Douglas Coupland, Rana Dasgupta, Sophia al-Maria, Jonathan Lethem, Tom McCarthy etc. Curated by Charles Arsène-Henry and Shumon Basar, TB began life at the AA School of Architecture before travelling to Japan, Istanbul's SALT, Manifesta 2012 etc. The exhibition ended with the launch of a book, called Translated By and designed by ZAK, which is available from Bedford Press -as well as their distributors, including Motto.
For the exhibition writers were asked for an image that resonated with the text. I contributed this iphone image of the wadi/valley to the north east of Ramallah, until very recently beyond a series of military checkpoints and roadblocks. I snapped this rare image of Palestine -apparently liberated from Occupation- on a quiet sunny evening of birdsong and wind in the dry leaves of productive trees in a valley full of working qasrs. What it actually represents is the unique formulation of limits involved in this Occupation, beginning with the fact that my feet stand on a road built for an illegal settlement in Area C...
For the book launch the actors who read the texts for the exhibition performed them in public, with the addition of 10 year old Elba Mannes-Abbott who ‘read’ my excerpt here.
Here is the reading of the four short ‘running’ texts I cut together for these purposes by Geoffrey Streatfeild who truly made the texts his own with this 10 minute ‘performance’;
A second excerpt called Off Limits [the first of the ‘walking’ texts, unabridged] is published along with images of the forbidden hill beyond the illegal Settlement overlooking Ramallah/al Bireh to the east of the city -and atop Jabal al Tawiil- appears in Black Dog’s periodical Paperwork which is available free from any good bookstore, including Blackdog’s new bookshop.