A Video and Music Performance by Raed Yassin
Wednesday August 5, 2009 at 8 pm
Thursday August 6, 2009 at 8 pm
Entrance: 15 000 LL
Location: Beirut Art Center – Jisr El Wati – Off Corniche an Nahr. Building 13, Street 97, Zone 66 Adlieh. Beirut, Lebanon.
Horror is Universal (The End) is Raed Yassin’s latest multimedia saga involving the deconstruction of Arab popular culture. For the last five years Yassin has been undergoing a lifetime project of audio and visual sampling of TV, radio, pop songs, feature and documentary films. His previous projects include Ya Habibi Ta’ala (focusing on Tarab), Meeting the President and other pieces for Praed (his duo with Paed Conca), or the installation work The Best of Sammy Clark. This new piece, in its live version, is a milestone in his evolving work. Although composed, it requires his presence and energy for the multiple layers of information to blend in. Soundwise, a combination of turntables and electronics, microphone for singing, a collection of vintage hard to find LPs of popular Arabic music. He does not merely mix the sounds, he performs them, twisting every sample with a style that has become his own. On the screen, a video mixture of extracts from Egyptian films, reshaped and rearranged, abstracted, recurring such as musical elements to create a loose progression towards a final point. With Horror is Universal (The End), Raed Yassin sets a very high standard for all those interested in the “plunder” approach to all the mass media that have shaped our youth.
The performance on August 5th will be followed by the release party of the label Annihaya Records’ very first album “The New Album“.
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