Dates: June 20 – September 20, 2016
Location: Beirut Art Residency

SAFE SOUNDS II: A Progressive Sound Installation Ziad Antar x Beirut Art Residency

Safe Sounds II is a progressive and interactive sound installation that is an extension of Ziad Antar’s continuous investigation in sound and image. Using local birds known as ‘white-spectacled bulbuls’, the conceptual project follows the tradition of domesticating the animal in various regions of Lebanon.

For the purpose of this ongoing exploration, Antar created a tuneful structure in the residency’s studio space composed of birdcages housing the bulbuls. Attendees will actively take part in Antar’s project by taking home one or more bulbuls in painted wooden cages. After nurturing the birds over the course of three months each participant will set their bulbul free in the neighborhood of Gemmayze, Beirut – renowned as one of the last urban green spaces in the city.

Ziad Antar (b. 1978) is a Lebanese video artist and photographer. He studied Agricultural Engineering at the American University of Beirut before turning to video and arts with a residency at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and a post-diploma of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Antar’s work has been acquired by several public collections, including Centre George Pompidou in France and the British Museum in the United Kingdom.

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