Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers

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Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers

Paris

Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers
to Sat 20 Nov 2021
Tue-Sat 11am-7pm
Artist: Tarek Atoui

Galerie Chantal Crousel is pleased to present a new exhibition by Tarek Atoui. The artist shows his new series, The Whisperers (2021), which continues his investigations of sound and the way it can sculpt perceptions. Tarek Atoui’s hybrid compositions create soundscapes where sound morphs through a phenomenon of translation. This new ensemble is partly inspired by experiments pursued with a kindergarten class on the acoustics and vibratory frequency of objects, water, wind, voices, and rotational movements.

Artworks

The Whisperers / Module 3, 2021

Electronics box, cymbal, bronze bowl, water, mini amplifier, micro piezo
Approx. 37 x 51 x 51 cm | 14 5/8 x 20 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Nick Ash.

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The Whisperers / Module 4, 2021

Stone basin, cymbale, bronze bowl, bronze cymbal, metal rod, water, hydrophone, bubble system, aquatic speaker, microphone stand, separatory funnel, pumps, electronics box, mixing console, transducer, headphone
Variable dimensions Approx. 177 x 96 x 120 cm | 69 5/8 x 37 6/8 x 47 2/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Nick Ash.

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The Whisperers / Module 1, 2021

Drum, bronze cymbals, cymbals, Hexbugs Nano, magic balls, beaker, pebbles, transducer, amplifier, electronics box, headphone
Approx. 75 x 124 x 124 cm | 29 1/2 x 48 7/8 x 48 7/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Nick Ash.

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The Whisperers / Module 6, 2021

Stone basin, water, bronze, mixing consoles, transducer, hydrophone, pumps, bubble system, headphone
Approx. 41 x 55 x 49 cm | 16 1/8 x 21 5/8 x 19 2/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Nick Ash.

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The Whisperers / Module 5, 2021

Stone basin, water, bronze cymbal, electronics boxes, aquatic speakers, mixing console, amplifier, pump, bricks, terracota, bubble system, headphone
Variable dimensions Approx. 76 x 88 x 108 cm | 29 7/8 x 34 5/8 x 42 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Nick Ash.

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The Whisperers / Module 7, 2021

Drum, portable turntable, vinyls, Hexbug Nano, stethoscope, mixing consoles, metal bucket, headphones, magnetic wood, beaker, hydrophones, brass bowl, transducer, amplifier, dropping funnel, cymbal, plastic box, water, timer, rotating table, micro piezo
Approx. 85 x 340 x 220 cm | 33 1/2 x 133 7/8 x 86 5/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Nick Ash.

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The Whisperers conceived by Tarek Atoui’s, is a series of listening devices composed of different materials that conduct and amplify sound in multi-sensory ways. These assemblages bring together plastic, wood, brass, water, bronze, glass and stone, experimenting with each material acoustic properties and the unique ways they transmit and reflect sound. Through The Whisperers, Atoui invites the visitor to plug-in their own music and experience it in fresh and innovative ways, they offer a medium for discovery and unpredictable, undoing the familiar and known.

Between October 2020 and January 2021, a first set of The Whisperers was created for the trust & confusion exhibition curated by Raimundas Malasauskas at the Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong-Kong. For his exhibition at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Atoui has created a new series of The Whisperers influenced and inspired by five workshop sessions that took place between November 2020 and June 2021 in a kindergarten classroom, l’École alsacienne in Paris, with 5-year-old students.

An interview between Tarek Atoui and Audrey Belmin, teacher at l’École alsacienne, recounting the experience of transmission within a kindergarten classroom, and observations on sound realized during workshop sessions is available here.

Tarek Atoui is an artist and electroacoustic composer, working within the realm of sound performance and composition. He engineers complex and inventive instruments as well as arranges and curates interventions, concerts, performances, and workshops. His work often revolves around large-scale, collaborative performances that develop from extensive research into music history and instrumentation, while exploring new methods of production. Using custom-built electronic instruments and computers, Atoui references current social and political realities, revealing music and new technologies as powerful aspects of expression and identity. Education and social connection are integral aspects of Atoui’s practice.

Tarek Atoui, exhibition view, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2021). Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Nick Ash.


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