- Artist Cevdet Erek
- Title Courtyard Ornamentation with 4 Sounding Dots and a Shade
- Date 2013
- Medium Four-channel sound, directional loudspeakers and architectural additions
- Credit Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Four directional loudspeakers are placed on the walls, each loudspeaker plays a percussive pattern repeated at regular intervals, creating different combinations. Only at the “sweet spot” under a central shade do the four sounds combine, forming a recognisable rhythm: a reduced version of one of the world’s best-known dance beats. The beat becomes a minimal gesture, an invitation to dance.
The recorded percussive sounds were performed by hand, reflecting the artist’s desire to connect ‘audio ornamentation’ with handmade visual ornamentation. The human voice is also heard occasionally, transmitting a message that acts as a calligraphic text in geometrical relation to the percussive dots.