Yasmina Reggad : we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming
A broadcasting company at times, and at others, a foreign broadcast monitoring centre, two performative works part of the first chapter a common consent to listen. a collective dissent of interpretation explore new ways of 'exhibiting' and activating a unique and little-known archive of a time when Algiers was dubbed the 'Mecca of Revolution'.Read more
The Algerian capital that hosted national liberation movements, political exiles, rebels and disillusioned Westerners, militants from all the continents, witnessed the forging of a 'third way' and other possible futures. Drawing on the liberation movements' broadcasts aired by the Algerian national broadcasting company (RTA) in the 60s and 70s, this polyglot and polyphonic production echoes Reggad's journey through the worlds of ideas and ideals of that time. Immersed within the installation and baring witness to the conception, production and broadcasting of the performance, the audience becomes the contemporary listeners that carry the voices of past struggles and avant-garde propositions, and re-enacts the solidarity with and between otherwise invisible actors of global history.
Initiated back in 2016, we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming continues to take on different forms and develop further with each new invitation. The first chapter a common consent to listen. a collective dissent of interpretation is a multimedia cumulative, ongoing and durational performance that borrows from the radio -and theatre documentary genres. For Moussem Cities: Algiers (2020), Yasmina Reggad created two new versions. #8 is the 8th iteration of the ever-evolving we dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming performance inspired by the radio documentary genre.
#9 from dreamers to freedom fighters to terrorists is the performative installation that re-enacts different modalities of political engagements and international solidarity through radio broadcasting from exile. The audience is invited to activate the installation and become the radio commentators of a daily live broadcast by reading a projected script inspired by militant movies from the 70s.