The organic dying of a (resurrectable)
human is as nothing compared to that of an animal, exemplarily
of a bull in a corrida; the only phenomenon that equals
in intensity the death of a bull in a corrida or of a
cow in a slaughterhouse is the resurrection of a human,
Lazarus coming out from the grave. The living woman in
T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
is found settling her pillow to sleep when she encounters
the undead. Why are you settling the pillow, why are you
so sleepy? What disclosure are you thus trying to elude?
“Tell you all,” Lazarus says in Eliot’s
poem, and would that “all” not also include
himself? Did Lazarus come back to tell himself about death?
And did he find himself sleeping then?
- Premiered in Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices
in the Region: Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and
Syria, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal
Alwan, Madina Theatre, Beirut, Lebanon, 7 April 2002.
- Part of nÚ @ Beyrouth, Centre Culturel Franšais,
salle Montaigne, Beirut, 23 August 2002.
- the 6th Sharjah International Biennial, United Arab Emirates,
8 April - 8 May 2003.
- DisORIENTation: Contemporary Arab Artistic Practices
from the Middle East, House of World Cultures, Berlin,
12 April 2003. - "Focus Jalal Toufic," 16th International
Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA), 22 and 25 November
- Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, 28 January
- Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre Foundation, Ramallah,
Palestine, 27 March 2004.
- "Flicker at Buffalo: Correspondences in New Media, Film,
and Poetry," Squeaky Wheel, 17 November 2004.
- California College of the Arts, 2 December 2004.