Tarek Atoui (1980, Beirut, Lebanon) currently lives and works in Paris, France.He is an artist and composer who works within the medium of sound. His works are informed by extensive research into music history and tradition, that come to life in performances that explore new methods of collaboration and production. At the center of his work there is an ongoing reflection between the individual and the general and the open and dynamic nature of live performance.
Atoui’s usage of sound challenges our established ways of understanding and expands our ways of experiencing this medium. His project WITHIN, departs from Deaf Culture to find new ideas for building instruments, composing, and performing. In The Reverse Collection, instruments of unknown age and origin in an anthropology museum are played and recorded than transformed into a new collection of instruments that are made from exclusively listening to these recordings.