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Perpetuum Mobile at Ars Electronica 2017

The 12 channel installation on the rooftop of Postcity, the main venue of Ars Electronica

Checking equipment before installing

The ground on the Postcity roof top

Installing on the rooftop

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photo by Florian Voggeneder

Surrounded by sound and sky, just before closing time

Visitors surrounded by sound

Closing time, speakers bagged

The Valley awarded Best Sound and Music

(From L to R) Cynthia Zaven, Rana Eid and Lama Sawaya

(From L to R) Cynthia Zaven, Rana Eid and Lama Sawaya

We got the award for Best Sound And Music at the Nuit Des Mabrouk! The award was handed by Christian Jeune, the Head of Cannes Film festival's film office (no less) and honored Lama Sawaya (sound designer), Rana Eid (sound supervisor) and my work on the music in The Valley, the feature film directed by Ghassan Salhab.

Voice in Argentina

For Voice and Forest, my miniature video for the monumental voice of incredible 10 year old Alexandra, will be on display at the Argentinian Biennial of Contemporary Art!

Bienalsur is the first art biennial of South America that will take place in 15 countries and 30 cities across the southern continent, from September to December 2017.

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Curated by Nayla Tamraz, the exhibition Poetics, Politics Places will open at the Timoteo Navarro Museum of Fine Arts in Tucumán. It includes works by Saliba Douaihy, Etel Adnan, Mireille Kassar, Gilbert Hage, Nadim Asfar, Danièle Genadry, Saba Innab and myself.
Opening of the exhibition: September 22nd.

For more info about the Biennial, check out the official page here                                                                      

For more information about the Lebanese exhibition, check out the Facebook page here

 

Getting ready for Ars Electronica

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Perpetuum Mobile is invited to be exhibited at the this year's fantastic edition of Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria! The 12 channel installation's new set up is the rooftop of Postcity, the main venue of the festival, opening on September 5th till September 12th.

For more info about the festival, check out the AE official page here

Perpetuum Mobile in the making (STEIM, Amsterdam, 2014)

Perpetuum Mobile in the making (STEIM, Amsterdam, 2014)

Arsenal at the Tanit Gallery

My new installation Arsenal will be on display starting today at the Tanit Gallery! The installation is part of the From Sound To Silence group exhibition including artists like Adel Abidin, Ziad Antar and Mohssin Haraki. The exhibition will be on until July 17th. 

Arsenal is a disassembled upright piano, featuring 205 strings, a soundboard, 88 hammers, 67 dampers, 56 white keys, 32 black keys and various wooden and metal parts.

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Working the light on the dismantled piano, in front of Ziad Antar's video " La Marche Turque"

Bunker Fairy Tale and Morse Code Composition on Kunstradio

Austrian National Radio ORF will have a special focus on the Lebanese musical scene until March 19. It will include an interview with a broadcast of a few of my compositions. In the framework of this focus, Kunstradio - the cultural channel of ORF - will also air a remix of Bunker Fairy Tale and Morse Code Composition (18 min).
In 1995 Kunstradio On Line was founded by artists and has since become a unique site and archive of radio-art as well as an art-project in its own right.

Performing "Room" in Dresden

photo by Mia Habis

 

After Beirut, Istanbul and Oslo,"Room" was hosted at the infamous Festspielhaus venue in Hellerau, the garden city of Dresden. From theatre/studio building/classroom built by Dalcroze in 1911, to police academy during Nazi times, to hospital and barracks under the Soviets, the Festspielhaus is today an arts and cultural center.

The performance was part of the Mashreq to Maghreb festival curated by Mia Habis and Omar Rajeh, and features Mia Habis (dance), Øyvind Skarbø (drums) and myself on prepared grand piano.

Portrait Of A Great Aunt (10 cm x 12 cm)

My participation to Imago Mundi, the first global contemporary art collection by Benetton Foundation:

Portrait Of A Great Aunt, Constantinople. 1892 is part of the IMAGO MUNDI - MEDITERRANEAN ROUTES exhibition that opened in Palermo in February 2017. The work is printed on linen on a 10 cm x 12 cm canvas, based on a family picture.

The exhibition includes works from the 19 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Lebanese collection is curated by the Beirut Art Residency.

For more information on the Benetton Foundation, please click here

From Namur to the BFI

 

The UK Premiere of Tramontane just took place in London with a full house at the BFI Southbank!

A beautiful screening followed by a moving and deeply engaged Q&A with the director of the film Vatche Boulghourjian and myself on the making of the film and the music, moderated by the brilliant Elhum Shakerifar.  Questions revolved around the choice and origin of the songs interpreted in the film, the logistics of film and music production in a country like Lebanon, and the importance of telling this story today.

 

 

Tramontane gets awarded with the Prix Découverte in Namur!

Pink carpet at the Namur Film Festival in Belgium, right before the award ceremony

Pink carpet at the Namur Film Festival in Belgium, right before the award ceremony

Perpetuum Mobile at the The Silent Echo exhibition

Excited to be part of this upcoming group exhibition in no less than the historical Roman ruins of Baalbeck! The show is entitled The Silent Echo and is curated by Karina El Helou. It will feature works by Ai Weiwei, Ziad Antar, Marwan Rechmaoui, Susan Hiller, Danica Dakic, Paola Yacoub, Theo Mercier and Laurent Grasso.

I'll be presenting my 12 channel sound installation, Perpetuum Mobile, in a new setting (and music edit) inside the prestigious Bacchus Temple. The speakers will be perched on 3.5m high metal stands placed in a large circle. For its Baalbeck edition, the installation is being sponsored by the Baalbeck International Festival. The opening is on Saturday 17th, sound check and mix inside the venue on the 14th... can't wait!!

Setting up the installation - day 1 - the speakers will be mounted on 3.5m stands

From Karlovy Vary to Pula

It's festival hopping time, from an amazing film fest in a spa town (Karlovy Vary, Czech Rep) to a fabulous film fest in a beach town (Pula, Croatia) where Tramontane was awarded the international jury's special mention!

Pula's Roman arena where the award ceremony took place

Pula's Roman arena where the award ceremony took place

Cannes 2016 Snapshots

The producers, the editor, the composer and the boss

The production team on stage for the World Premiere

The A Team: Renée, Christian, Myriam, Jessica, Zeina and Antoine

Mother and Son

Mother (in film) and Son - photo by Aurélie Lamachère

Caroline and Nadia

Caroline and Nadia

The official poster of Tramontane

On the red carpet for the Camera d'Or night

Vatche Boulghourjian - photo by Aurélie Lamachère

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Barakat and Gaby: Party central

Vatche receiving the Rail d'Or

Standing Ovation for Tramontane World Premiere in Cannes - 2016

Tramontane (Rabih), Vatche Boulghourjian's feature film was greeted at its world premiere with a very long and moving standing ovation at this year's Cannes' Critic's Week! This moment will be etched in our memory forever.

In the video (from left to right): Gaby Khalil, Toufic Barakat, Julia Kassar, Barakat Jabbour, Vatche Boulghourjian, Cynthia Zaven