The work has now been re-contextualized in an interpretation by composer Bahaa El-Ansary and performed by a string ensemble Essam Abdelhamid (Viola), Mohamed Abdelfattah (Cello), Yasser Ghoneim (Violin) and Khaled Saleh (Violin), for the occasion of the exhibition "What does a drawing want?".
The live performance is one-night-only, while for the duration of the show “Incidentals (Music for Thoughts)” (2012) is installed. This starts from similar premises, exploring the silent film score database of the Amsterdam Film Museum and of the MoMA in New York sorted by keywords. The research led to finding compositions listed under the label thoughts, most probably for scenes in which actors were thinking, pondering, plotting, conniving or daydreaming.
Gabriel Lester was born in 1972 in Amsterdam, he lives and works in Shangai. His artistic practice spans across various disciplines including cinema, music, performance, installation, sculpture and architecture, and evolves around the very nature of contemporary media, transforming and meticulously altering their spaces, times and forms. Atmospheric and perceptual, Lester’s works are profoundly inspired by cinema and architectural environments. Gabriel Lester has exhibited internationally at major museums and biennales, among others at dOCUMENTA(13) (Kassel), Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Gemeentemuseum (Den Haag), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), Performa 09 (New York), Artists Space (New York), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Liverpool Biennial, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Busan Biennial, Baltic Triennal, PS1 (New York), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), World Expo (Hannover).