City Noise As Sonic Arts
Yara Mekawei

Tuesday 4 July 2023 | 6:30 pm | Main Building

City noise can be viewed as a form of sound art, a composition of diverse and chaotic sonic waves that weave together to create a unique urban symphony. While noise is often associated with annoyance and disturbance, it can also be seen as an artistic expression of the vibrant and dynamic nature of city life.

This talk will focus on noise within the context of sound art as a medium for creative exploration and a raw energy of urban sounds, blending noise with intentional interventions and manipulations to create immersive and thought-provoking auditory experiences. 

The talk is in Arabic.

As an artist and scholar, Yara Mekawei’s sonic bricolages draw inspiration from the dynamic flow of urban centers and the key infrastructure of cities. Being interested in the philosophy of architecture, social history, and philosophical literature, her work is based on sound as an essential tool of vision. The philosophy of her compositions is shaped by sophisticated practices that convey messages in the conceptual dimension to the public. She is currently working on a sonic composition based on the literature of the Sufi philosophy and the methodology of the Book of the Dead.