Concrete sampling

Joe Namy

Ilaria Lupo

Concrete Sampling, arrangement for derbekah and jackhammer is a performance displayed at night by a crew of laborers in a construction pit in Beirut. For this project, Ilaria Lupo invited sound artist Joe Namy to collaborate on a performance project where he created a site-specific composition for the site to be performed live by the laborers. The project is conceived as an interference to the urban soundscape, as the set up of a new rhythm within the existing one. The proliferation of construction sites in Beirut has inadvertently become a distinct ubiquitous sound-mark. The performance attempts to deconstruct this soundtrack, creating a rupture that engages the (social/physical) space as the actual material of work.

Date: 2014
Location: Saifi Village
Medium: Installation, Sound
Material: N/A
Section: Contemporary
Duration: Temporary
Tags: Site-specific intervention Participatory art Social practice
Authorizations: Landlord
Commissioner: Ashkal Alwan and Heinrich Boell foundation