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Syria..as my mother speaks is an interactive playable "string instrument", using strands of wire connected to the architecture of the space, this instrument, when triggered, plays layered sounds and snippets of the stories and conversations with my mother (mainly in Arabic), centered around the war in Syria, our relatives there, and her memories before the war. Working with sound artist, Bent Bøgedal Christoffersen, where he layered these snippets of conversations against a backdrop of war sounds, chants, and traditional Syrian songs, this instrument plays as a harp where each string triggers different points in this sound collage.


Syria..as my mother speaks, Site-specific sound installation, nylon strings, contact mics, amp, computer,
24' x 30', Textil Museum, Bocholt, Germany, 2014
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