The General's Stork explores historical accounts of biblical
narratives, and the politics of technological warfare
in the Middle East from a bird's eye view.
As war increasingly becomes dictated by the needs of technology, conquest
from the sky has transformed Western warfare into an imbalanced spectacle
of high-tech weaponry, land surveying, aerial mapping, bombing and drone
warfare. Focusing on how military technologies were developed in the
specific context of Middle Eastern geographies, this volume will explore
the extensive research that comprised the development of this
multi-dimensional and developing work. It will also give further
background as to how, in 2013, the Egyptian authorities sought to detain a
migratory stork that it accused of being an international spy.
Edited by Anthony Downey, “Research/Practice” focuses on artistic research
and how it contributes to the formation of experimental knowledge systems.
Drawing on preliminary material such as diaries, notebooks, audiovisual
content, digital and social media, informal communications, and abandoned
drafts, the series examines the interdisciplinary research methods that
artists employ in their practices. Each volume endeavors to ask: In their
often speculative and yet purposeful approach to generating research, what
forms of knowledge do artists produce?
Heba Y. Amin (born 1980 in Cairo, lives and works in Berlin) is an
Egyptian visual artist, researcher and lecturer. She is the co-founder of
the Black Athena Collective, the curator of visual art for the MIZNA
journal, and one of the artists behind the subversive graffiti action on
the set of the television series Homeland which received
worldwide media attention. Amin has had recent exhibitions at the 10th
Berlin Biennale, 15th Istanbul Biennale, MAXXI Rome, Künstlerhaus
Bethanien Berlin, Kalmar Art Museum Sweden, La Villette Paris, FACT
Liverpool, Kunsthalle Wien, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the
Kunstverein in Hamburg, Berlin Berlinale 9th Forum Expanded Exhibition,
and the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.