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Presently (a few days after the exhibition's April 27 opening) she is collaborating with artist Hauke Harder in the Beirut premiere of Alvin Lucier's 1965 work "Music for Solo Performer".From concert convention alone you'd assume Lista is the "solo performer" in Lucier's work.The musician in this 25-minute performance is Harder, Lucier's stand-in, who uses the soundboard to direct the electrical impulses of the curator's brain to the woofer alongside a snare drum, a cymbal, a bass drum, etc.Earlier Harder performed Lucier's "Music on a Long Thin Wire" (1969), and had overseen the installation of the artist's 1977 sound installation of the same name – a wire-and-magnet-based work that will generate pulse-lowering sound tones from a BAC gallery through mid-August. "Esma'" is a stimulating, rich and varied sampling of contemporary sound art in the era since John Cage (1912-1992). The American composer, artist and theorist cast a long shadow over contemporary artistic practice and this show takes its departure from his work, especially his 1952 composition "4'33"," famously comprised of four and a half minutes of unplayed notes. As it resonates through "Esma'" sound art has been carried a long way from pop music.
Twelve hours of seamless sound
Girl meets boy, in Qadisha Valley
Like feeding an old carpet to goats
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