In many ways, rooftops are disconnected from everyday life in the street. Facing the open skies and overlooking the urban fabric, these often secluded platforms could provide space for us to contemplate and redefine our place between the city and the world. For over two years, Beirut Art Center has worked with a wide network of artists, artisans, activists and farmers to make its rooftop a prototype for discussing, thinking and organizing around land, food and collectivity.
Through our latest collaboration with the Beirut Makers, we aim to widen the rooftop community and to solicit interventions that invite and allow a multiplicity of uses in this large open space, all while grounding the rooftop in the social and material ecosystems that surround and sustain it.
The Beirut Makers are an open collective that bridges between design and craftsmanship through digital fabrication. Over a period of 3 to 6 months, the Makers meet regularly to develop and execute proposals in response to a chosen theme or method. This process culminates in a yearly exhibition put together by a guest curator.
This year, Beirut Art Center has approached the Beirut Makers to propose a collaboration within the framework of our public program From the Rooftops. Following an online open call, the launching meeting for the 13th exhibition was held on the BAC rooftop on Wednesday 25th of May, bringing together over 25 potential participants. Between the months of June and September, the Makers will be holding biweekly meetings on the BAC Rooftop in order to advance site-specific contributions that will become part of the rooftop’s collection of permanent furniture as of September 2022.