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Tarek Atoui, Un-drum / strategies of surviving noise, performed at Sharjah Biennial 2009

Tarek Atoui

Lebanese Artist

'Un-drum / strategies of surviving noise' is an intense and physical electronic sound performance composed; programmed, engineered, and performed by Lebanese artist Tarek Atoui. The performance, produced by the 'Sharjah Biennial 9' in 2009, will be performed at the archaeological site of Darat al Funun on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 at 8 pm. The work draws upon the three days of arrest and torture the artist experienced during the July 2006 war on Lebanon, during which he permanently lost partial hearing in his left ear after receiving a beating to the head. ‘Un-drum / strategies of surviving noise’ draws parallels between attempts to break states of physical and psychological detention and siege and the collapsing of musical performance boundaries, laptop art and electronic music.

'Bytes and Pieces' is a multi-stage workshop organized by Darat al Funun and conducted by Lebanese media artist and sound performer Tarek Atoui. The workshop will commence on September 28th, 2009, with a talk by Atoui that will shed light on the application of new technologies to art projects. The workshop will take place over the course of four months, throughout which the participants will be introduced to the world of art-related software and hardware programming, and to several methods of working that apply interactive technologies (interfaces, sensors etc.) to the frame of contemporary and interdisciplinary art forms while working in direct collaboration with the artist. The workshop is open to participants from Jordan and Palestine. 

 



Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980 and moved to Paris in 1998 where he studied contemporary and electronic music at the French National Conservatoire of Reims. He currently works in the Netherlands as co-artistic director of the STEIM Studios in Amsterdam and has released his first solo album on the esteemed Mort Aux Vaches series of the Staalplaat label (Amsterdam/Berlin). Atoui is an electro-acoustic musician who initiates and curates multidisciplinary interventions, events, concerts and workshops in Europe and the Middle East. He builds new software for each project he works on and specializes in creating computer tools for interdisciplinary art forms and youth education. He has played and performed at many contemporary art events and festivals in the Middle East and Europe such as the Today's Art Festival (the Hague), Club Transmediale (Berlin), Arborescence (Aix-en-Provence/ Marseille) and Scopitone (Nantes), and is currently the artist in residency at the Sharjah Biennial that has been closely following his work since 2008. Much of Atoui's work references the social and political and presents electronic music and new technologies as powerful tools of expression and identity. A major and pioneering project of this nature was the youth dedicated Empty Cans workshop that took place in summer 2007 in France, Holland, Lebanon and Egypt in partnership with the Today's Art Festival, STEIM, the European Cultural Foundation and the Scopitone festival among others...

 

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