Tarek Atoui: The Rain, Mirrored Gardens, Space 1, Space 2, 2024


Tarek Atoui: The Rain


At the dawn of meteorology
Sounding was both a tribute to nature
And a foretell of human life

-Excerpts from Sound without a Home


Mirrored Gardens is in the process of installing a new development of The Rain, a long-term project by Tarek Atoui. Starting from Sunday 24 March 2024, visitors of Mirrored Gardens will encounter the compositional process of The Rain at the time of its creation: a non-traditional compositional process that you will be able to experience primarily by listening.

As time passes, you will truly immerse yourself in the listening experience of The Rain. In the meantime, we invite you to make appointments to come and listen. The sounds of The Rain are like flowing rivers, unable to be replicated or looped, responding to subtle changes in perception every time. Each encounter will be the sound of time perpetually flowing to this moment.

Inspired by Korean drum-making traditions as well as the thinking that lies behind the craft of ceramics and paper, The Rain, initiated by Tarek Atoui in 2019, explores the multiple ways of sound-making through the four elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air, a process leading to the experimentation of compositions that transform the cycle of energy into new instruments, performances, and workshops, stimulating different listening experiences and learning processes.

It is part of a series of long-term research projects undertaken by Tarek Atoui: WITHIN (2013-ongoing), The Reverse Collection (2014-2021), The Ground (2015-ongoing), Waters’ Witness (2020-ongoing) and The Whisperers (2021-ongoing).

Tarek Atoui is a musician, composer and sound artist. He initiates multidisciplinary interventions, concerts, performances and workshops around the world. His projects are grounded in extensive research into the history of music and instrumentation, while also exploring new methods of composition. Over the past years, Atoui has researched the relationships between sound, vibrations, instruments and the body, starting with how sound is perceived in Deaf culture. He challenges, expands and revises our established and conventional ways of experiencing sound, while developing a permanent reflection on the concept of the instrument and the act of performance itself as a complex, open and dynamic process.

The Rain has been developed with the support and participation of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, where it was presented as part of GB Commissions during the 13th Gwangju Biennale in 2021, and in the form of an installation, a performance and a series of workshops for the 14th Gwangju Biennale in 2023; and of Art Sonje Center where the exhibition, series of performances and workshops Tarek Atoui: The Rain took place in 2023-24.


Vitamin Creative Space

Tarek Atoui: The Rain

Mirrored Gardens, Space 1, Space 2

Hualong Agriculture Grand View Garden, Panyu, Guangzhou

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