Artistic Intervention

22.07 → 30.10.2022

Wheelchair Accessible, WC Available

Grand Hotel Prishtina

participants

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Artistic Intervention – Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Earwitness Inventory, 2018–ongoing, © Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina, Majlinda Hoxha

What stories do sounds tell us and how do we tell the story of those sounds? Lawrence Abu Hamdan focuses on these questions in his research-based practice. The “private ear”, as he calls himself, is less intrigued by the sounds people make than by the ways in which these are committed to memory, recalled and articulated, and, moreover, on the ways in which acoustic memories are instrumentalised and politicised.

After SFX and Earwitness Inventory draw in different ways on Abu Hamdan’s ongoing analysis of acoustic testimony gleaned from interviews with political prisoners and trial transcripts. Such testimony is crucial for documenting and understanding violence on all levels. Yet witnesses the world over, his research shows, lack an adequate vocabulary to describe sounds.

They inevitably rely heavily on quotidian objects to both recall and convey what they believe to have heard: a punch sounds like an egg cracking, the collapse of a building like popcorn popping and the list goes on. Together the inventoried objects serve as a surrogate for a language of sound that we do not yet speak.

Works

Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Earwitness Inventory
2018-ongoing  

Installation including 95 items 
 
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg and Beirut    

Lawrence Abu Hamdan
After SFX
2018  

Horizontal projection on screen, multi-channel sound, speech to text algorithm, performance by the artist 

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg and Beirut    

Open Tour

Open Tours: Meet me at the Grand Hotel

16.08.2022 10.00-11.30
Grand Hotel Prishtina

Workshop

Robotics workshop for children at the Alternative Atelier / Driant Zeneli in collaboration with Bonevet.

11.08.2022 10.00-12.30
Grand Hotel Prishtina

Artistic Intervention

Artistic Intervention – Majlinda Hoxha

22.07 → 30.10.2022 10.00-00.00
Grand Hotel Prishtina