* 1980, Lebanon
Tarek Atoui is an artist and electroacoustic composer working within the realm of sound performance. He engineers complex and inventive instruments as well as arranges and curates interventions, concerts, performances, and workshops. His practice often develops from extensive research into music history and instrumentation, revolving around large-scale, collaborative performances that explore new methods of production. At the core of his work is an ongoing reflection on the instrument and the act of performing as a multifaceted, open, and dynamic process. The performances he orchestrates are for the most part improvised, but are always grounded in a meticulous investigation of sound archives and collections. Education and social connection are integral aspects of Atoui’s projects as seen, for example, in his sustained exploration of the ways in which deaf people experience and perceive sound. Using custom-built electronic instruments and computers, Atoui references current social and political realities, revealing music and new technologies as powerful components of expression and identity.
Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980 and moved to Paris in 1998 where he studied contemporary and electronic music at the French National Conservatory of Reims. As co-artistic director of the STEIM Studios, Amsterdam (2008), Atoui released his first solo album in the Mort Aux Vaches series for the label Staalplaat (Amsterdam/Berlin; 2006-07).
Recent productions and performances have taken place at the Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2016); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Bois de Boulogne, France (2015); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2013); Norbergenfestival, Norbergen, Sweden (2013); Bik Van Der Pol, Utrecht, Belgium (2011); New Museum, New York (2010), Manarat Saadiyat, United Arab Emirates (2009); La Maison Rouge, Paris (2009) and the Today’s Art Festival, Amsterdam (2007). His most important exhibitions and commissions include: Art or Sound, Fondazione Prada, Ca' Corner della Regina, Venice, Italy (2014); Within, Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2013); La Suite, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2012); Metastable Circuit, la Lutherie and Dimis Reconnected, dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); Below 160, Salzburg Sommerszene Festival, Salzburg, Austria (2011); Un-drum 3, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France (2010), among others.
Furthermore, his work has been part of biennials such as the Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco (2016); 8th Berlin Biennial, Berlin, Germany (2014); 9th Biennale do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); the 9th and 11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2009-2013). His pioneering youth workshop, Empty Cans, has been presented in France, Holland, Lebanon, Egypt, and in the United States, as part of his Museum as Hub residency at the New Museum in New York.
Tarek Atoui currently lives and works in Paris, France.