Tarek ATOUI

At Media City Seoul 2010

Un-drum 1: strategies of surviving noise; Un-drum 2: the Chinese connection; Un-drum 3: Semantic Scanning Electron Microscope (2009-)

performance

Seoul Museum of Art (courtyard)

Artist Profile

Born 1980; Nomadic

Atoui is an electro-acoustic musician who initiates and curates multidisciplinary interventions, events, concerts and workshops in Europe and the Middle East. He builds new software for each project and specializes in creating computer tools for interdisciplinary art forms and youth education.

Un-drum is a complex interaction between music composition, body movement, performance and computer and electronic engineering. Un-drum 1: strategies of surviving noise is an intense and physical electronic sound performance. This work draws upon the three days of arrest and torture the artist experienced during the July 2006 war on Lebanon. Un-drum 2: the Chinese connection looks back at the cultural shift that China underwent during the Maoist revolution. At that time, all traditional and modern art forms were radically affected and altered by the new communist ideology that purged music, theatre and arts from traditional and occidental influences, promoting instead a new aesthetic aiming to lend support to a new popular myth. For Un-drum 3: Semantic Scanning Electron Microscope, Atoui developed an audio library of tens of thousands of microsamples to explore semantics through a system analogous to a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Like the SEM, which magnifies things on a fine scale, the tools of Un-drum 3 allow live exploration of long audio tracks on a very small scale. Through a system of pressure sensors that engage the physical strength of the artist’s body, Atoui scans tracks at a high speed to instantly select and edit microsamples based on the Fast Fourier Transform analysis technique.

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