NTU Centre for Contemporary Art
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia by sound artist and composer Tarek Atoui, conceived as a musical composition that unfolds in space through its unique sound library and instruments. It is the first piece Atoui has created through associations between objects, instruments, and recordings, some borrowed from pre-existing projects, others newly collected and produced. The sounds are from underwater environments, as well as human and industrial activities in the harbours of Athens and Abu Dhabi, recorded for the ongoing project I/E. As part of the exhibition, Atoui will record, together with sound artist Eric La Casa, the harbour of Singapore to add to this collection.
Most of the instruments are part of The Ground project, the result of Atoui’s five-year-long observation of nature and agricultural processes in the Pearl River Delta, first presented at Mirrored Gardens in Guangzhou, China. The instruments are acoustic and electronic in nature and were made in collaboration with innovative luthiers, craftsmen, and electronic engineers. In Singapore, this ensemble will be enriched with new additions, such as a set of porcelain discs on which traditional Arab rhythms are engraved, and a record player that rotates at irregular speeds, never reading a disc the same way twice. The visitor will, therefore, witness an ever-changing sonic and visual scenery born out of the dialogue between an orchestra of unusual instruments and sounds recorded from harbours.
March 24 (Saturday) 12:00 pm - June 24 (Sunday) 7:00 pm
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore @ Gillman Barracks
Block 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443