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Image courtesy Urok Shirhan. Copyright Alessandro Sala and CENTRALE FIES

Image courtesy Urok Shirhan. Copyright Alessandro Sala and CENTRALE FIES

Events - Live

Empty Orchestra

Performance by Urok Shirhan

15 Dec 2017

Empty Orchestra refers to the origins of the Japanese compound word ‘karaoke’: kara meaning "empty" and ōkesutora for "orchestra". In this work, Urok Shirhan stages a musical performance piece that concerns questions of nationality, synchronization and belonging.
 
The performance is part of Shirhan’s recent body of research that considers questions of the ‘voice’: the ways in which it is performed, recorded and made audible, as well as a wider understanding of the ‘tongue’ as relating to language, phonetics and dialects.
 
Underlying the work are notions of displacement and assimilation, understood here both in the sense of aesthetic form as well as geographic migration.
 
 
Free, 6.45-8pm
The Space
 
 
Urok Shirhan (NL/IQ) is a visual artist whose work explores the politics of image and sound in relation to (national) identity. She holds an MA (Hons.) from Goldsmiths University in London and was a Research Fellow at the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam; Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and Ashkal Alwan in Beirut.
Recent presentations include the 37th Drodesera Festival, Italy; Arnhem Museum of Modern Art; Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam and the 5th Moscow Biennial for Young Art.
 
 
Produced by CENTRALE FIES within the program of LIVE WORKS PERFORMANCE ACT AWARD
 

 

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