Council of Citizens

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Council of Citizens Video Still © Courtesy of the artist & The Townhouse Gallery
Council of Citizens

6 El Nabrawy Street
Downtown Cairo
April 17th, 2011 - May 18th, 2011

(+202) 2576 80 86
Sat-Wed 12-9


A citizens council is gathered to perform the ritual of the circle commune. The performance mirrors the ritualistic qualities of operating systems of politics - voting, border settlement and public statement. The theatricality and stagnation of common politics is mimicked by the local citizens council, in a heathen and tribal display.

In Council of Citizens, local folkloric and political gestures intermix with contemporary global subcultural elements, creating a meeting between tradition and trend in the metropolitan subject. The meditative circular ritual of the council presents a notion of fixed urban locality, while the dance performance and soundtrack produced by an urban teen-generation, suggests a fluid tribal organism transversing given city limits. 

Council of Citizens is a video work, fusing Hard-Style dancing and Beats music developed in a modern virtual city landscape, with critical literature rooted in more classical notions of metropolitan modernism. Proclaiming the precariousness of the link between man and world, Council of Citizens sets out to question our unconditional belief in the urban condition.



Soren Thilo Funder is a visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. His works are audio-visual productions dealing with diverse cultural fields and integrating aspects of critical theory, literature, theater, cinema, Sci-Fi, Horror, political activism and other counter-cultural disciplines. The works are formal investigations of the power relations of modern day society. Through the use of cinematic narratives, choreography and mise en scène, the works strive to expose the precariousness.

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