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Tarek Atoui's Shuffle Orchestra

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Pontefract Castle

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Tarek Atoui is a Lebanese artist who works primarily in sound. For Yorkshire Sculpture International Atoui will continue his exploration of the material properties of sound, its connection to the body of both the performer and the audience, and his interest in the invention of new instruments and instrument-making.

Atoui will be working with people across Leeds and Wakefield to create a series of performances this summer. He will construct new instruments, scattering these across the galleries’ indoor and outdoor spaces. These will be activated regularly, creating a composition and layered soundscape that reaches across the Yorkshire Sculpture International sites. Selected instruments from each venue will travel temporarily offsite and come together in different combinations in locations across Leeds and Wakefield, creating unique performances on each occasion.

For the finale of Atoui’s commission, this performance will bring together his whole orchestra of instruments in the historic backdrop of Pontefract Castle. Atoui will reimagine the Castle’s ruins, inviting all of those who have participated in his work over the summer, and presenting his final and biggest Shuffle Orchestra.

Image: Tarek Atoui, The Reverse Sessions, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City / New York. Photo: Omar Luis Olguín

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