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Art, Ecology and the Commons: Together in Agony we Persist
August 27, 2021 - September 5, 2021 

Art, Ecology and the Commons: Together in Agony we Persist is an interdisciplinary program bringing artistic and ecological practices together in the aim of building a community on a 2,000-square-meter forest site along the bank of the Beirut River, in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon.

Planted by theOtherDada in May 2019 as part of an urban afforestation initiative, a thriving native forest serves as host and muse. 

There is an invisible, resilient, underground collective that exists among trees. To reach their heights, forest trees depend on a complicated web of alliances and kinship networks: they have evolved to live in cooperative, interdependent relationships not only with each other, but with millions of species of fungi and bacteria beneath the soil through which they spread and share their roots, nutrients and messages.

Art, Ecology and the Commons seeks to harness the forest’s togetherness and collective practice to inspire and bring a community together in a time of extreme crisis. It is what we are calling a collective study, a rehearsal, to which we are inviting contributors from Lebanon and the Arab region, as well as voices from other localities in the Global South, to come together and reflect on our current environment during a ten-day program.

As we face drastic changes and impending disasters as a local and global community, the solidarity witnessed during the October revolution resurfaces and one thought comes to mind:

Can togetherness be harnessed as a practice? Can we use it to address the glaring needs of our communities, and in so doing, discuss and design alternate possibilities for our future going forward?

This project comprises a study program bringing eight participants together for ten days of experimental learning and exchange from and on the forest site in Sin el Fil, as well as several commissions including a series of PodPoems, a film commission and a public program of outdoor film screenings, performances and outreach activities which will be announced shortly!

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For more information, please visit our website.

In collaboration with
theOtherDada, this program is supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), the French InstituteSUGi, the Municipality of Sin El Fil and Bossa Nova Beirut Hotel.

Open Call for Three Participants

Deadline: July 5, 2021
Application, eligibility and selection criteria

Art, Ecology and the Commons: Together in Agony we Persist will bring a together a group of eight participants from Lebanon and the Arab Region. It is what we are calling a study, calling upon applicants of diverse backgrounds (artists, social workers, activists, poets, writers, playwrights...) to actively contribute to a ten-day program onsite, which will develop based on the participants' profiles, as well as their interactions with each other and with the forest.

The study will be punctuated with workshops, lectures and other public activities curated by TAP.

This gathering seeks to use collective place-making to foster social cohesion and healing in a time of extreme crisis, by drawing inspiration from an inherently self-organised and resilient collaborative network: a forest growing and thriving despite an extremely hostile, polluted and broken environment.


June 12, 2021 / 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Beirut RiverLESS Forest

Our young forest still relies on us to look after it to continue to grow. Let's take care of it together!

After a long year of seclusion, roll up your sleeves and join us for some literally grounding activities ranging from weeding to compost tea-making to feed our thriving plants. Artist Christian Sleiman's edible shrubs foraged from the site will be at your disposal for a participatory sensorial ritual of touch, smell and taste.

We will ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to adhere to physical distancing. We ask that you wear a face-covering during your visit.

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Booking required.
e your time-slot here
For more information, contact (961) 76 197976

Public Art Commission to OPAVIVARÁ! 

Rio de Janeiro, Praça XV
June 12, 2021 / 11am - 3pm* 

As the pandemic is ravaging Brazil and the number of homeless people dramatically increasing in Rio de Janeiro, access to water has become an emergency.

The project Bem Comum by art collective OPAVIVARÁ!, is a commission by TAP as part of the exhibition and cross-cultural project Make Yourself at Home: Migration and Hospitality out of place curated by TAP's founder Amanda Abi Khalil planned to inaugurate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in March 2022. This long term research curatorial project instigated by the Goethe-Institut in 2017 is punctuated by a series of public art commissions in collaboration with TAP. 

This project was conceived in an urban pandemic context, to meet the urgent need for access to water, which has intensified with the increase of the homeless population. it is articulated around the history of the old public fountains that existed in the city of Rio de Janeiro and dialogues directly with the Fountain of Mestre Valentim, located in Praça XV, a popular square imbued with colonial history.  This public intervention brings up the discussion on the global water crisis, with a local focus on the precarious situation in the state of Rio de Janeiro, triggering the debate on the universal right to water and a critique of the recent privatization of the state water supply company and sewage treatment, CEDAE.

OPAVIVARÁ! is an art collective from Rio de Janeiro acting in public spaces of cities, galleries and cultural institutions, questioning the use of private and public spaces, through the creation of relational objects that provide collective experience. Since its creation in 2005, the group has been creating situations that activate and increase the power of life: how to drink and dance together, or celebrate any day gathered in the square, at the beach or on the street, like a carnival out of season, feeding and spreading the transformational power through pleasure.. The audience is invited to join in a public moment, collectively, temporarily and mobile, which promotes redefinition of spaces, regardless of their particular conditions; it’s from the public to the public.

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For more information, please visit our

*This public intervention will be activated four times on the following dates, from 11am - 3pm, with a departure from Praça XV:
June 12, June 19, June 26 and July 3, 2021

A talk with OPAVIVARÁ! will be organized; look out for announcements on our social media channels.


Rather than standing still in times of deadlock, we are determined to act by levelling up and expanding our team and resources in order to allow us to deploy more opportunities for our community.

We strive to continue caring for our artists as they tackle this transition, while allowing their evolving practices and adaptive mechanisms to inform our own transformation.

Stay tuned for exciting reveals in the coming months!
Check our IGTV to watch our 'Meet the Team' home-made video from our home-based offices!

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This is supported in part by Culture Resource's Abbara program. We would like to also thank brilliant creative strategist and collaborator Douglas Savage of FWB, who has been instrumental in this process.

TAP needs your support. 

TAP (Temporary Art Platform) is a nonprofit organization committed to making another world possible, by affecting social change through contemporary art. Founded in a region of unrelenting volatility and absent cultural policies, TAP curates the conditions for communities, private bodies and governmental institutions to recognize that contemporary artists can be allies in driving enduring social change amidst precarious contexts. In the process, TAP creates accessible tools and production opportunities for contemporary artists, whilst rendering their practice porous and participatory, within and beyond the field of art.

We have been facing an unprecedented deficit, threatening the sustainability of our institution since the beginning of the global and Lebanese economic crisis. We are however committed, more than ever, to making another world possible, by mediating exchange and prompting the unexpected.

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