Three days of food for thoughts, tummies, and eyes

One of the main goals of Hours Beirut is to provide an intimate space for a smallish group of people to be in conversation during the course of three days.

THURSDAY JUNE 13, CITY EXPLORATION
An insider's guide to the history, architecture, food, art and contemporary life of Beirut. Includes tours and pop up talks.

FRIDAY JUNE 14, SEMINAR
Full day with talks, workshops and conversations at the Antwork co-working space. Starting with food, ending with more food. The overarching theme is Maintenance (scroll down for more on that).

9 AM – BREAKFAST ON THE ANTWORK ROOF TOP
Watching the city come to live from a birds eye view while indulging in local food.

 
 


10 AM – WELCOME
Moderators and program guides Doreen Toutikian & Martin Thörnkvist Introduce the day, set the scope and get us off to a good start.

10.15 AM – WHAT IS MAINTENANCE?
Lara Houston (Goldsmiths, London)
Sociologist Lara Houston will open the seminar by introducing maintenance theory. In sharing cases from her research she’ll contextualize the act of maintenance and talk about why repair matters.


 
 

10.45 AM – SEEING VALUE IN WHAT IS ALREADY HERE
Monica Basbous (Public works, Beirut)
Architect and Urban Designer Monica Basbous will talk about findings in her research on public space in Beirut and share methods on how maintain the value of spaces that are not being recognized as financially valuable.

Maya Terro (Food blessed, Beirut)
Food waste expert Maya Terro talk about her approach to upcycling food that was on its way to the dump and at the same time reducing the number of people going hungry in Lebanon.


11.30 AM – BREAK
Refreshments in the garden of the beautiful Antwork campus.


 
 

11.45 AM – DESIGNING FOR MAINTENANCE & CIRCULARITY
Arianne Orillac (Ideo, London)
From her perspective as a Circular Business Design Lead Arianne Orillac will present what IDEO's Circular Design Guide is and how it can be utilized as a method to build healthy models for businesses and creative output.

Jesper Danielsson (Houdini, Stockholm)
As a Head of Design and Product at a sportswear company Jesper Danielsson will share insights and methods on how fashion can act sustainably in every phase of its business. Touching on how Houdini work with planetary boundary models.

Dominique Fularski, (IKEA, Älmhult)
Working on the Circular IKEA team Dominique Fularski will talk about circular product design, new circular customer experience, innovation and sourcing of materials, and the development of a circular supply chain.

12.45 PM – LUNCH
Time to stimulate our taste buds and get some fuel to keep our bodies up and running.

 
 

2 PM – WORKSHOP X 3
Choose one of three hands on workshops.
Themes to be announced.

4.15 PM – MAINTENANCE AND THE INTERNET
Jillian C. York (Electronic Frontiers Foundation, Berlin)
Jillian work with examining state and corporate censorship and its impact on culture and human rights at Electronic Frontiers Foundation‘s (EFF). At Hours Beirut she’s going to talk about how to we keep the internet open and safe, and why this is important.

Nicolas Sera-Leyva, (SMEX, Beirut)
Nicolas works in the human rights and technology realm. At Hours Beirut, he will explore how the architecture of the internet influences and governs identities, and how we as humans can maintain the safety and agency of our virtual selves.

 
 

5 PM – MAINTAINING THE SELF
Sabine Choucair (Clown Me In, Beirut)
Based on her experience as a humanitarian clown and performer Sabine Choucair will talk about maintaining human dignity in bringing people together and inviting them to laugh.

Nathan Larson (Lumen Project, Malmö)
As an award-winning film music composer gone curator and meditator Nathan will share his thoughts on how about culture and music connects to meditation and the human psyche.

Liane Al Ghusain (Kuwait)
Liane will explore global perspectives on personal hygiene. How does the Indian government keep people from urinating in public? Why do Muslims have a shattaf culture (and Christians mostly shun it)?


6.30 PM – THE END, OR RATHER THE START
Moderators Martin and Doreen wrap the day up and sets us up for a continuous dialogue on what maintenance can mean for our business and lives.

 
 

6.45 PM – DRINKS IN THE ANTWORK GARDEN
Well deserved refreshment with new found friends.


8 PM – DINNER ALL OVER TOWN
We make reservations at our favorite restaurants in groups of ten. You get a chance to have deeper conversations with fellow participants and speakers.

 
 

SATURDAY JUNE 15, MUSIC
The third day of Hours is magical music experience. A 12-hour seamless sound and light event named Beirut Drone. Curated and organized by Lumen Projects, American film music composer Nathan Larson and local music authority Ziad Nawfal.

It’s called Beirut Drone and start at noon and goes on to 12 am at Zoukak Studio

Performances by Jad Atoui (LE), Vilhelm Bromander (SE), Tony Elieh (LE), Charbel Haber (LE), Gerda Holmqvist (SE), Maria W Horn (SE), Sofia Jernberg (SE), Abed Kobeissy (LE), Nathan Larson (US), Stephanie Merchak (LE), Mme Chandelier (LE), Jessica Moss (CA), Sary Moussa (LE), Jawad Nawfal (LE), Youmna Saba (LE), Mika Takehara (JP), and Mariam Wallentin & Andreas Werliin aka Wildbirds and Peacedrums (SE).

Visuals by Firas El-Hallak (LE), Ayman Nahle (LE) and Elyse Tabet (LE).

The perfect way to unwind and reflect on all new impressions and knowledge from the seminar and city exploration.

 

Theme: High Maintenance

With “maintenance” as the theme, we are exploring and encouraging folks to build on the existing structures and things in our respective societies, rather than chasing the new for new's sake. The intention is to talk about the systems and humans that make the world go round and be aware of and transform what’s already present.

At its core, the seminar is about the fact that all things need additional energy to be sustained. Diving into topics like: urban development, sustainability, death, feminism, internet, the relevance of culture and art, history and self-care.

Some questions we’ll be discussing:
Which groups or individuals who maintain our systems, culture, code, democracy, etc do we need to highlight with greater clarity?

What can be created from the “existing”, rather than focus on the endless production of the “new”?

How do we design for continuous modification/ redefinition, and sustained relevance over time?

ARTICLES THAT INSPIRE US
Hail The Maintainers, Andrew Russel & Lee Vinsel
Maintenance and Care, Shannon Mattern
Rethinking Repair, Steven Jackson
Can a Company Live Forever, Kim Gittleson