Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11
184 pages, 91 visuals
16.5 x 11.5 cm
English and Arabic
Published by Sharjah Art Foundation, 2020
This exhibition booklet is a record of Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11, which marks over a decade of collaboration between the artist and Sharjah Art Foundation and its surrounding community.
Cycles in 11 centres around experimental and innovative musical forms and offers audiences opportunities to learn about and explore instrument-making, compositional structure and musical collaboration.
The works in the exhibition, developed over the last 11 years, represent the culmination of the artist’s ongoing exploration of different methods of listening, composition and performance. The instruments Atoui has created are the product of extensive research into music history and tradition as well as collaborations with different experts. Challenging established ways of listening through innovative approaches to sound, the instruments also build on the artist’s earlier project WITHIN, which grew out of years of work with Deaf culture. This project, originating in Sharjah, investigated how deafness can influence the way sound performance, space and instrumentation are understood.