Sound artist in performance over Memorial Day Weekend

Marfa Live Arts and Fieldwork Marfa

MARFA - Over this Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, Marfa Live Arts in collaboration with Fieldwork Marfa will present Marfa Sounding: Tarek Atoui showcasing the artist Tarek Atoui’s examination of sound, place, and the social practice of improvisation across the varied landscapes of Marfa.

Renowned musicians AMMA ATERIA (Jeanie Aprille Tang), Jad Atoui, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe will perform alongside members of Marfa’s community, who are invited to participate beginning with a series of open rehearsals on Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24 at Saint George Hall.

2018 marks the third and final year of the Marfa Sounding series. Taking place over three consecutive Memorial Day Weekends beginning in 2016, Marfa Sounding expands on the history of Marfa as a site for the permanent installation of large-scale works by Judd and his contemporaries by exploring Minimalism’s relationship with music and dance. This geographically and temporally bounded sounding engages complex histories of a community’s transformation.

Previous participating artists like composer Alvin Lucier, cellist Charles Curtis, choreographer Anna Halprin, choreographer Stephen Petronio, and former Merce Cunningham dancers Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell (with saxophonist Phillip Greenlief) have developed new works in dialogue with this particular site while actively engaging with local students through a series of educational workshops. Previous performance sites have included Mimms Unit at the Dixon Water Foundation, the Chinati Foundation’s Chamberlain Building, Fieldwork Marfa ranchland at Antelope Hills Road, and the Crowley Theater.

This year’s three-day program, with events at the Crowley Theater on Friday, May 25, Saint George Hall on Saturday, May 26, and Vizcaino Park on Sunday, May 27, will feature instruments created by Tarek Atoui and will invite members of the community to participate as performers alongside professional musicians.Co-curated by Ida Soulard and Jennifer Burris Staton, this program is made possible through collaboration with Meyer Sound Laboratories in Berkeley, California, a company that manufactures new technologies for electroacoustic architecture.

Atoui is an artist and electroacoustic composer working within the realm of sound performance. His practice often develops from extensive research into music history and instrumentation, revolving around large-scale, collaborative performances that explore new methods of production. Integrating education and social connection, his work reveals an ongoing reflection on the instrument and the act of performing as a multifaceted, open, and dynamic process. Using custom-built electronic and acoustic instruments, Atoui references current social and political realities, revealing music and new technologies as powerful components of expression and identity.

Born in 1980 in Lebanon, Atoui moved to France in 1998 where he studied music at the French National Conservatory of Reims. Previously the artistic director at Steim in Amsterdam, a center for the research and development of new electronic musical instruments, some of his recent exhibitions and performances include: Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2016); Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France (2014/2015); New Museum, New York, United States (2010); and La Maison Rouge, Paris, France (2010). He has participated in biennials including: the Marrakech Biennale, Morocco (2016); 8th Berlin Biennial (2014); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); and Sharjah Biennials 9 and 11, United Arab Emirates (2009/2013).

All programs will be free and open to the public. A full schedule and map will be posted online. Printed maps will be distributed the week of the event.

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