Tarek Atoui

Waters’ Witness / O testemunho das águas
Serralves Museum and Park
24 FEB - 28 AUG 2022
Image: Tarek Atoui. Recording session in Porto. The intersection of the ocean and the Douro. June 2018. Photo: Alexandre Guirkinger
Image: Tarek Atoui. Recording session in Porto. The intersection of the ocean and the Douro. June 2018. Photo: Alexandre Guirkinger

Tarek Atoui (Beirute, Líbano, 1980), artista e compositor eletroacústico, trabalha em composições de grande escala que resultam de uma investigação antropológica, etnológica, musicológica e técnica. As suas exposições cruzam instalação, performance e ensinamentos em processos que se afastam da noção convencional de performance — tanto do ponto de vista do performer como do público — e que sugerem formas visuais, auditivas, táteis e somáticas de experienciar o som.

Esta primeira exposição em Portugal é parte do projeto I/E, em curso desde 2015, no qual Atoui regista os sons de cidades portuárias — Atenas, Abu Dhabi, Singapura, Beirute ou o Porto -, gravando as atividades industriais, humanas e ecológicas dos seus portos. Trabalhando em parceria com Eric La Casa, artista e especialista em gravação de som, escutam os sons abaixo da superfície do mar ou dentro de materiais como metal, pedra e madeira.

Em Waters’ Witness, as gravações áudio dos portos de mar de Atenas, Abu Dhabi e Porto são reproduzidas através de materiais escolhidos para cada uma das localizações: blocos de mármore de Atenas, vigas de aço de Abu Dhabi e estruturas de madeira que albergam composto, vermes e material orgânico, especificamente produzidas para a apresentação em Serralves.
O trabalho com material orgânico em decomposição conduz Waters’ Witness numa direção até agora inédita: uma ecologia acústica que recebe e perpetua sons residuais através das fronteiras audíveis de um mundo em fluxo. Esta paisagem sonora única estende-se da sala central do Museu até ao Parque sob a forma de constelações sonoras, plataformas e sistemas de som, ativados ao longo de todo o período de permanência da exposição em performances programadas, workshops colaborativos e oficinas educativas.



Tarek Atoui: Waters’ Witness foi produzida pelo Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Alemanha, a Fundação de Serralves, Porto, e o Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Kirchberg (MUDAM), Luxemburgo, em estreita colaboração com o artista. Em Serralves, a exposição tem curadoria de Filipa Loureiro e contou com o generoso apoio da Galeria Chantal Crousel, Paris.


EXHIBITION GUIDE


Artist and electro-acoustic composer Tarek Atoui (Beirut, Lebanon, 1980) works on large-scale compositions that stem from anthropological, ethnological, musicological, and technical research. His exhibitions weave installations, performances, and educations, in processes that move away from the conventional notion of performance, both for the performer and the audience, and that suggest forms of visual, aural, tactile, and somatic experience of sound.


This first exhibition in Portugal is part of the project I/E, ongoing since 2015, in which Atoui captures the sounds of port cities — Athens, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Beirut or Porto - by recording their harbours’ industrial, human, and ecological activities. Together with artist/recordist Eric La Casa, they listen to sound below the surface of the sea or within materials such as metal, stone, and wood.

On Waters’ Witness, the audio recordings of the sea ports of Athens, Abu Dhabi and Porto are played through materials chosen in every location — marble stones from Athens, steal beams from Abu Dhabi, and wooden structures housing compost, worms and organic material specifically produced for the Serralves presentation.


The work with organic decomposing matter takes Waters’ Witness in a new direction: an acoustic ecology that receives and perpetuates residual sounds through the audible frontiers of a world in flux. This unique soundscape extends from the Museum’s central room to the Park in the shape of sound constellations, platforms and systems activated through the entire period of the exhibition in scheduled performances, collaborative and educational workshops.


Tarek Atoui: Waters’ Witness was produced by Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, the Serralves, Porto, and the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Kirchberg (MUDAM), Luxemburg, in close collaboration with the artist. In Serralves, the exhibition is curated by Filipa Loureiro and received the generous support from Chantal Crousel Gallery, Paris.


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Waters’ Witness / O testemunho das águas


EXHIBITION GUIDE


Artist and electro-acoustic composer Tarek Atoui (Beirut, Lebanon, 1980) works on large-scale compositions that stem from anthropological, ethnological, musicological, and technical research. His exhibitions weave installations, performances, and educations, in processes that move away from the conventional notion of performance, both for the performer and the audience, and that suggest forms of visual, aural, tactile, and somatic experience of sound.


This first exhibition in Portugal is part of the project I/E, ongoing since 2015, in which Atoui captures the sounds of port cities — Athens, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Beirut or Porto - by recording their harbours’ industrial, human, and ecological activities. Together with artist/recordist Eric La Casa, they listen to sound below the surface of the sea or within materials such as metal, stone, and wood.

On Waters’ Witness, the audio recordings of the sea ports of Athens, Abu Dhabi and Porto are played through materials chosen in every location — marble stones from Athens, steal beams from Abu Dhabi, and wooden structures housing compost, worms and organic material specifically produced for the Serralves presentation.


The work with organic decomposing matter takes Waters’ Witness in a new direction: an acoustic ecology that receives and perpetuates residual sounds through the audible frontiers of a world in flux. This unique soundscape extends from the Museum’s central room to the Park in the shape of sound constellations, platforms and systems activated through the entire period of the exhibition in scheduled performances, collaborative and educational workshops.


Tarek Atoui: Waters’ Witness was produced by Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, the Serralves, Porto, and the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Kirchberg (MUDAM), Luxemburg, in close collaboration with the artist. In Serralves, the exhibition is curated by Filipa Loureiro and received the generous support from Chantal Crousel Gallery, Paris.