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Lebanon's National Museum has a new audio guide for its archaeological exhibits.Launched at Mathaf Friday, International Museum Day, "Chou Hayda?" (What's That?) is a work of sound art that seeks to ground the museum's ancient works in a contemporary context by creating an audio tour from amateur reflections on 25 objects on show.In November 2017, Daou invited Beirutis into the Mathaf and asked them to lend their voices to the artifacts, to reimagine their histories, functions and significance today.Daou was adamant the guide would narrate in Lebanese colloquial Arabic."There this eye upstairs," Daou recalled, "and I asked, 'What is the most difficult thing you've seen?' One woman said, 'I'm looking in all of your eyes to see trying to see if you're seeing the world I am seeing'.The project was not about the weight of a single voice, Daou said, but rather the collective, generic language that exposes the beauty in ordinary life."Chou Hayda" ponders only 25 objects from the Mathaf exhibition, but Daou intends to archive the 40-odd pieces to which people responded during the project.
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