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Tarek Atoui

Desert Beat

BY Isabella E. Hughes

TAREK ATOUI setting up four microphones in the desert of Ash Shigaya, north of Kuwait, to record the sound piece Unplified, 2012. Courtesy MinRASY Projects, London.

On the May morning after the debut of sound artist Tarek Atoui’s newly commissioned piece Unplified (2012) at the Museum of Modern Art in Kuwait City, Atoui, who had only a few hours of sleep the night before, was surprisingly energetic. Wearing one of his signature quirky, androgynous sweaters despite the already intense heat, Atoui was quick to…

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