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Workaround, n.
'A workaround is a bypass of a recognized problem in a system. It is typically a
temporary fix that implies that a genuine solution to the problem is needed.
Theoretically, workarounds are always replaced by fixes; in practice, people often
find themselves living with workarounds for long periods of time.Typically they will
not respond
well to further pressure from a system beyond the original design.
Placing pressure on a workaround may result in later failures in the system.'
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In collaboration with students of International Academy of Art Palestine we have
been looking for and documenting workarounds in the everyday life of people living
on the Westbank. Because of the political and geographical situation life is made
difficult in a number of ways. In such a situation you have to use what you can gain
access to, to the fullest and invent new ways and methods to make your everyday
A workaround is defined from two sides; from the external obstacles that needs to be
bypassed but also by the creativity from the one who is coming up with alternative
ways. Using the inventory attitude to create workarounds is an act of balance
between making your everyday work and not to reach a stage of acceptance of the
state of things. In this way it defines a way of acting that is not a demonstration but
rather shows points where acts of everyday life and international politics intertwine
and shape each other.

Students of International Academy of Art Palestine: Omaya Salman, Khaled Jarrar,
Mo’ayad Amleh, Reema Al Tawil, Awatef Roumiyeh, Dima Hourani, Bisan abu Easha,
Taqu Aldeen Alsbateen, Jamal Sabri, Ramzi Assad, Ayed Arafa, Abdullah Awad,
Somood Khafash, Osama Nazal, Razan Akremawy, Noor Abed, Asma Ghanim,
Sahar Alkateeb.


Production year

Produced by
Field Work / Lise Skou & Nis Rømer

Presented at
On Producing Possibilities - Bucharest Biennale 4

Bucharest - Romania

25. May. - 25. July. 2010

Based on a workshop with students of International Academy of Art Palestine,
Held in February 2010.


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