Monira Al Qadiri & Raed Yassin [Kuwait, Lebanon / Germany]
"Suspended Delirium"

  • Theatrical Installation
© Frederic Duval
Humans and dolls; sanity and madness; reality and phantasm.
Presenting a robotic performance where the confusion of midair suspension generates poetic language.

Monira Al Qadiri and Raed Yassin are artists from Kuwait and Lebanon, respectively. They live together in Berlin, where, with a critical eye toward their native Middle East and with approaches that blend aspects of subculture and technology, they have pioneered unique expressive forms.

This work was born from the dialogues of two people driven into isolation by extreme situations: the lockdowns of the coronavirus crisis; the huge explosion in August 2020 that destroyed Yassin’s hometown of Beirut. The three robots, modeled after the heads of the two artists and their pet cat, move in eerie synchronization, as programmed by media artist So Kanno. Their conversation takes place poetically, fragmentally, thrown into a state of derangement by the pandemic. What disturbing effect will this “midair madness” have on us as we continue to live through these times?


Monira Al Qadiri
At the age of 16 Monira Al Qadiri moved from Kuwait to study in Japan, and received her Ph.D. in Intermedia Art from Tokyo University of the Arts. She works in a variety of mediums, including video, sculpture, and installation, bringing together her early fascination with Japanese anime and her acute insight on the Middle East, where she was born and raised. Al Qadiri blends phenomena that society and religion have deemed separate —the sacred and the profane, men and women, the dead and the living, good and evil—transgressing these boundaries with her unique sorrow and humor.
In recent years, she participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the Athens Biennale 2018 and the Sharjah Biennial 2019, and presented performance works at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017 and the Aichi Triennale 2019. In 2020, she held a solo exhibition at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. She is currently based in Berlin.

© Yasmina Haddad

Raed Yassin
Raed Yassin (born 1979, Beirut) is an artist and musician. He graduated from the theater department at the Institute of Fine Arts in Beirut in 2003, and since then has developed his conceptual practice through multiple mediums such as video, sound, photography, text, sculpture and performance. Yassin’s work often originates from an examination of his personal narratives and their position within a collective history, through the lens of consumer culture and mass production. He was a resident artist at De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2008–2010), the Delfina Foundation, London (2010, 2014), Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2015), and is a recipient of the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2012). As a musician, he is one of the organizers of the Irtijal Festival for Experimental Music (Beirut), and has released several solo music albums, as well as part of groups such as “A” Trio and PRAED.” In 2009, he founded his independent music label Annihaya. Raed currently lives between Berlin and Beirut.

© Tony Elieh

So Kanno
Born in 1984 in Aomori and raised in Chiba, Japan, So Kanno is based in Berlin since 2013.
He created various installations using drawing robots and swarm robots.
He participated in many international group exhibitions including Ars Electronica, “Artists & Robots” at the Grand Palais in Paris, and the Aichi Triennale, and received numerous awards from the Japan Media Arts Festival.

© Martina Kohnova


February 21st [Mon], 22nd [Tue] / 15:00–17:00/17:00–19:00/19:00–21:00
February 23rd [Wed] / 12:00–14:00/14:00–16:00/16:00–18:00/18:00–20:00
February 24th [Thu] / 13:00–15:00/15:00–17:00/17:00–19:00
*This 30-minute piece will run on a loop from its first showing of the day. Please arrive during your reserved time frame and experience the work at your leisure.

Performance times

30 min. (looped)


3-15-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0023

How to participate

Booking essential. Show general admission pass on entry.

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English (with Japanese subtitles)


Concept, direction and script | Monira Al Qadiri & Raed Yassin
Robotic system development | So Kanno, Piet Schmidt
Music | Raed Yassin
Heads painting | Said Baalbaki
Conceived and produced by Berliner Festspiele within the framework of the 70th Jubilee programme “Wild Times, Planetary Motions,” curated by Natasha Ginwala and Jeroen Versteele

[Tokyo Performance]
Stage support | URAK
Japanese subtitles supervisor | Fumiko Toda Translation | Sachi Abe
Supported by Goethe-Institut Tokyo