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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!!
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!
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