GLUB (Hearts)

2004 | 30mins | Colour
By Mieke Bal & Shahram Entekhabi

Genre: Documentary and Installation
Multi-lingual with English subtitles



Fluidity and fragmentation mark migratory culture in the cityscape

GLUB is Arabic for “hearts” and “seeds.” In Berlin, the shells of seeds testify to migrant cultures within contemporary European urban centres. These traces of passing gestures are “low” icons of migratory aesthetics.

They help constitute an aesthetic because they mark the look of the city that, through these shells and the sociability of the people who left them, has donned a visible aspect of diversity.

One migrant said they eat them to pass the endless time of unemployment. It became a habit, then a tradition, literally incorporating a sense of family and community. The habit has now become characteristic of young migrants in European cities. The sight even became more pervasive when European youngsters began to imitate the cool-looking habit. Identity transforms itself, while contact is established within the “look” of culture.

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GLUB (Hearts) has appeared at the following:
- Rome, Royal Dutch Institute Rome, Interculturality Week, 15 October 2015
- Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria, October 12, 2010
- Exhibition “The Last Frontier / La última frontera: Video works by Mieke Bal, in collaboration with Michelle Williams Gamaker and Others,” Curated by Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro, February 3 - March 29, 2011 (with catalogue)
- Exhibition “Towards the Other,” Peter & Paul Fortress, St Petersburg, Russia, 10-29 October 2011
- Townsend Centre, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, April 24, 2008
- “Cultural Circulations: The Movement of People, Goods, Ideas” conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, January 28–29, 2005
- “Migratory Aesthetics” workshop, university theatre of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, January 5–7, 2005
- “Las formas de la Nada: Imágenes de la ausencia en el mundo contemporáneo” conference, CENDEAC, Murcia, Spain, November 30, 2004
- “The Aesthetics of Everyday Life” seminar, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, October 1, 2004
- “The Aesthetics of Everyday Life” seminar, Concordia University, Montreal, August 23, 2004