The Delfina Foundation hosted a programme of events, performances and talks curated by Rayya Badran (previous Bidoun Magazine resident in collaboration with the British Council) in conjunction with an installation by resident artist Raed Yassin.
Sonic Grounds aimed to unpack some of the underlying topics and thoughts that emanate from Yassin's contextual work on music and video by expanding the discussion to a number of UK-based practitioners, with view to yield different interpretations and readings to sampling, popular culture and the politics of aurality. The series of talks also attempted to extrapolate experiences of listening between the cities of London and Beirut to seek potential moments of dissonance or resonance.
Video screening: Featuring Mahmoud Yassin
Wednesday 12 January, 18:00 - 20:00, followed by a conversation between Raed Yassin and Rayya Badran.
The Aural Contract Audio Archive Evening
With Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Tuesday 1 February 2011, 19:00-20:30.
Surface Noise: Hauntology and the Metaphysics of Crackle
With Mark Fisher
Wednesday 9 February 2011, 19:00-20:30.
The talks aimed to draw on Raed Yassin's exhibition The Best of Sammy Clark, showed at Delfina Foundation in february 2011, as well as Rayya Badran's research, by exploring different understandings and approaches to the culture of sampling, sonic archives and contemporary music in general by practitioners working in the UK.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, a London-based artist and writer, presented a live listening session, part of his ongoing and growing audio archive, in which the audience takes part in a listening experience that aims to de-construct the politics of sound and the conditions of voice.
Mark Fisher, famous blogger (k-punk), writer and theorist, took the audience through this notion of hauntology in contemporary music and film.