Throughout February Beirut's library was temporarily home to (a(version)s),an assortment of samples, clips, pinches, and rips from 10 sound artists, compiled and realized by Joe Namy.
This collection of sounds started from a series of conversations with cross-generational contemporaries and mentors - specifically around the art of sampling and how each contributing artist uniquely approaches sampling in their practice. Artists were commissioned to make works that incorporate an existing recording that was meaningful to them in some way, in order to create a dialogue between their practices and around the very culture of sampling itself. The resulting compositions range from more intimate autobiographical references to over-arching archival systems exposing the politics of listening. Here, de-familiarized appropriations of past sound events become universal and future in their scope.
Feriano - Rough Americana
Asking to be possessed - Rayya Badran
Bag of Cassettes Vol. 1 - Basel Abbas
Beirut Cornice Encounters - SC MoCha
Effects Pedals in the Trial of Saddam Hussein - Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Pourqoui - Mohamed Abdelkarim
FREE SPEECH 6.0 - Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Tanaffus Istina'i - Boikutt
Halim El Dabh's 3arooba re-edit - Joe Namy
Lullaby for Traffic - Cynthia ZavenAnimal Rights aka MGM's Lion: The first sonic theft - Lawrence Abu Hamdan