Qatar-based sound artist says it is time to decelerate and pay attention

In a loud, chaotic and fast-paced world, the Qatar-based sound artist Guillaume Rousere is on a mission: to get folks to decelerate and pay attention once more. Birdsong, bugs chirping, the sound of wind brushing via tall grass or over sand dunes-all these kind a part of what the 44-year-old Frenchman calls his “sound artwork”. “Sound artwork is a self-discipline the place the principal medium is sound and the place the goal is to pay attention,” mentioned Rousere, who lives within the Gulf state that can quickly host the World Cup. For a latest audio venture, he arrange a microphone at an natural farm in Qatar, the place he additionally recorded man-made sounds comparable to these of vehicles, planes and farm machines.

“I stroll across the website I wish to discover and let my ears information me if I hear something that pulls me,” he mentioned, including that always “it’s a matter of luck”. “I place the microphone and depart,” Rousere advised AFP. “I don’t hearken to it earlier than I’m again in my studio.” His sonic paintings is “to not be confused with music” made up of “organized sounds”, careworn Rousere, who defined that his ardour began in childhood when he would pop balloons to review the noise it made in several environments.

French sound artist Guillaume Rousere is pictured as he presents his work at an artwork gallery within the Qatari capital Doha.

‘Pay attention and disconnect’

His new, water-themed set up, “The World As We Know It Is Altering”, goals to “take the viewers on a journey, to pay attention and disconnect from the world,” Rousere advised AFP. “It’s change into all of the extra essential to me as a result of… we dwell in fast-paced societies which have stopped listening.” Guests sit in a darkened room, surrounded by 4 loudspeakers, for his or her expertise of “profound listening”, at Mathaf, a contemporary artwork museum in Doha’s college district Schooling Metropolis.

They quickly discover themselves immersed in an ever-shifting soundscape, with flowing river water and the noise of human exercise, but additionally narrated reminiscences linked to water in several languages, as associated photos are projected on the wall. A earlier set up, “Fragile Resilience”, impressed by the sails of dhows that ply Arabian seas, was proven on the Paris UNESCO headquarters, at an occasion organized by a Qatari basis. Rousere, who up to now managed musicians in Britain and studied sound artwork in Belgium, has lived in Qatar for 9 years and was a resident artist on the modern artwork area Hearth Station.

French sound artist Guillaume Rousere is pictured at his studio within the Qatari capital Doha.

His sculpture “Enable Me”-this one manufactured from stone-is displayed on the Msheireb metro station in downtown Doha. “Ever since I’ve been right here, there has all the time been help for native and worldwide artists,” he mentioned. The World Cup, which kicks off on November 20, has given the native artwork scene a further enhance, he advised AFP. “I believe there was already an incredible dynamic, however everybody realized that there was a global alternative for visibility.” – AFP



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