To conclude We know what it is for, we who have used it Nathanja van Dijk (curator) and Karima Boudou (guest-curator public program) invite you on a tour of the exhibition by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. During the tour we will focus on the role of sound within the artists’ research based practice.
Abbas and Abou-Rahme’s artistic practice is rooted in a background in music, in particular the drum ‘n’ base scene that emerged in the mid 90ies in the UK. The artists apply the scene’s remix and sample techniques to their artistic research and work, in which sound and music form the basis of their process-based methodology. By developing a methodology of sampled sounds, texts and images from different places and times, both physically and virtually, the artists keep the artwork open to the flow of material and meaning. The use and circulation of sound, text and image brings to life multiple vantage points in which sound and music give shape to things. Sampling and re-sampling gives a major importance to the dissemination of art on different platforms (material and immaterial) as an open and collective element of co-creation. How does sound move in time and space? How do multiple times and fragments co-exist through virtuality? By speaking in the present time in We know what it is for, we who have used it, the artists make tangible fragmented landscapes, field recordings in a dense and ‘reversed archive’.
The tour will offer various perspectives on how an exhibition can unfold dense artistic research into a polyphonic and multi-polar environment, constantly in process.