Unwalling the Wall

5th June 2008
Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery

Still from Route 181: Fragments of a journey in Palestine-Israel

Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan

Tying in with our current exhibition the object quality of the problem (on the space of Palestine/Israel), this event will bring together cultural theorist Zygmunt Bauman, emeritus professor at the University of Leeds, Michael Sfard, civil rights lawyer based in Tel Aviv, and architect Eyal Weizman, for a discussion about the politics and spatiality of occupation.

Eyal Weizman will open with a talk about the architecture of occupation as a diffused power system and the ways its various players/forces (military, government, corporations, Palestinian resistance, Israeli opposition) are shaping and reshaping space. Michael Sfard will follow with an analysis of legal possibilities in ‘redesigning the wall’ and other spaces across the occupied territories. Zygmunt Bauman will wrap up with a more general talk about the emergent global spatiality of enclosures and fragmentations. The ideas presented will then be followed up by a discussion initially between the three panellists and later on opening up to the audience. All very welcome to join for a lively debate.

An audio recording of this event is available in the Henry Moore Institute Research Library.