American University of Beirut

Ode to the Sea Concert

Curated by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Participating artists: Safar, Liliane Chlela, Fadi Tabbal, Jad Atoui, Nadim Mishlawi, Sharif Sehnaoui, and Budhaditya Chattopadhyay.​

How can the sea’s relationship to the city be understood? Is the sea’s shoreline moving away from the city’s mainland? For Beirut, the Mediterranean has been an integral part of its history, legend, and urban living. However, in the last few years’ accelerated urban developments have been erecting concrete barriers between the urban sphere and the seawater in the form of high-rises, making the city-dwellers longing for the sea and its vast openness. The listening and viewing of the sea have been restricted due to the multistoried building constructions across the cornice areas. An Ode to the Sea is an evening of live sound performance to relive the sea and inviting the audience to experience its imaginary presence through the sound. This live performance complemented the installation of Le Souffleur on the nearby Ain El Mreisseh stairs as part of La Semaine Du Son Liban.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Location: the Van Dyck stairs, Ras Beirut

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