Anechoic Room, 2017
Objects of variable dimensions, sound
Anechoic Room is realised with the participation of a group of refugees who have been trapped in Athens on their way to Western Europe. The participants were invited to adopt the role of the foley artist* and in a recording studio create the sounds that echo their journey thus far and capture the sounds they wish to hear upon reaching their final destination. In between past and future sounds, they were also invited to revisit their experiences through the creation of sounds that were absent from their journeys, sounds they wish they had heard.
The objects that have been used to create the respective audios are laid out creating a pathway for the viewer to follow. The sounds produced in the recording studio accompany the objects along the installation. Through the marriage of object and sound, Anechoic Room invites the viewer to interpret and imagine the narratives and memories that manifested in the minds of the refugees inside the studio. Ultimately, only the objects are able to travel while they remain trapped in Athens waiting for the hopeful sounds to materialise.
* Foley artists reproduce everyday sound effects to be added to film, video, and other media during post-production to enhance audio quality and to create a more convincing representation of reality.
Participants (Foley Artists):
Ghazi Bilal (Daraa, Syria) Samir Alssbihee and family (Daraa, Syria) Haifa Alkazzaz (Damascus, Syria) Nour Alahmmad (Raqqa, Syria) Mahnaz Hairy (Kabul, Afghanistan) Zeinab Mozafari (Dikondy, Afhganistan) Younes Ouchmouni (Rabat, Morocco) Latifa Husseni (Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan) Burhanodin Rahmani (Bamyan, Afghanistan) Tarek Al Halo (Damascus, Syria) Mina Sami (Shiraz, Iran)