︎A line that separates the earth from the sky
     هامش ما بين الأرض والسماء 

Scenography and design of Sary Moussa’s interactive sound installation at Beirut Art Center, launched and activated during a live performance by Sary Moussa, Noura Badran and Julia Sabra as part of Irtijal 2023.

8 aluminium sheets with 8 transducers hanging in the air, 4 speakers in every corner, 1 subwoofer in the center, 1 microphone and a chair if needed.

You are invited to roam freely, to move the microphone and to use your voice inside the room. Here you can actively listen and find the balance, or resist and create tension.

Echoing the constant struggle to find balance within our current environment, to listen in the chaos. And reflecting how ultimately, the quest to be heard is the quest to have control over your own sound. 

Between systemic oppression and the illusion of agency, what leeway remains for us? What dreams remain in the negative space beyond the horizon?

Inside this room, sound is emitted in all directions, and every interaction is fed back to you and amplified through infinite sound and visual reflections to form an unreachable horizon, without which there is no way forward. There is no way out.

“A naïve missionary of the Middle Ages even tells us that, in one of his voyages in search of the terrestrial paradise, he reached the horizon where the earth and the heavens met, and that he discovered a certain point where they were not joined together, and where, by stooping his shoulders, he passed under the roof of the heavens…” Flammarion - The Atmosphere: Popular Meteorology (1888)

This sound installation resonates it’s own sound infinitly to create an enviorment that is hyper-reactive. It can go from a drone that is meditative when the individual’s interaction is balanced or be opressive and noisy, when the interaction is loud and chaotic.

Installation photos by Mohamad Abdouni
Behind the scenes photos by Sary Moussa

Beirut - 2023