Tarek Atoui: Waters’ Witness
Museum of Contemporary Art – Until Feb 04, 2023 Sydney (Australia)
Tarek Atoui (born 1980, Beirut) is an artist and composer whose practice investigates the medium of sound. His work considers how sound can be experienced across multiple senses, the ways it acts as a catalyst for social interaction, and its relationship to place, history and ecology. Known for his collaborative performances and installations using handcrafted musical instruments, Atoui creates compositions that direct sound through organic materials which are often activated by the audience and other artists. He develops his projects over several years and in collaboration with an international network of musicians, instrument makers, technicians and people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Waters’ Witness is based on Atoui’s ongoing project documenting the acoustic identities of port cities that are deeply connected to their harbors. Recording sounds close to the sea and under the water, Atoui produces a unique score for each city which becomes part of the work’s growing soundscape and a source of inspiration for new sound sculptures and musical devices. Connecting docks and waterfronts from Athens to Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Beirut, Porto, Istanbul and now Sydney, Waters’ Witness is an immersive sonic landscape that is reimagined in a different format for each presentation.