Art Dubai 2015 Catalogue

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Fari bradley & chris weaver Variations for a Space and its History, 2015 Sound and sculptural intervention and performance Commissioned by Art Dubai Projects in collaboration with Tashkeel

Sound artists and musicians Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver have been artists-in-residence at Tashkeel, Dubai, for the past year, where they have been engaged in working on sound art in relation to architecture. Variations for a space and its History takes as its premise the site of Madinat Jumeirah and its history; the artists have been researching the prehistory of the site and its noises which still resound in the space. For the performance, the artists worked on a script that is sung by a performer to the frequencies that the architecture of the staircase produces in Madinat Jumeirah. The sculptural element references the Muqarnas, an Islamic architectural motif, which represents the vast difference between the physical map and the acoustic map of a mosque. Humans create seemingly permanent truths by constructing buildings, but actually there are those whose own architecture is survived by the impact of their much larger, acoustic footprint Chris Weaver is a sound artist, performer and composer, living and working in London. His practice gravitates towards communal aspects of electronic music, whether in the actual production or in the composition itself. Weaver is former production manager at UK arts-radio station Resonance 104.4FM and artist in residence at Tashkeel, Dubai. Fari Bradley is a sound artist, broadcaster and electronic musician. She is currently artist-inresidence at Tashkeel, Dubai and previously with Sound and Music, London. Her work centres around performance and installation, while she broadcasts weekly on London’s arts-radio station Resonance104.4FM. Previous commissions were Barbican, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Venice Biennale and Frieze Projects.