at the lab
The Sky is High, But!
Performance by Khaled Kaddal

Wednesday 1 May 2019
6:30 PM

The Sky is High, But!

"The bird awakened in bewilderment,
bathing the night with sorrow,
Shining with the blink of dawn,
Offering tunes to the morning sky!"

In violent combats, survival instinct could swallow our bodies in dark bunkers. However, sounds of weaponry penetrate the ground to dominate ears and dreams.
In this claustrophobic setting, souls crave to be embraced by the sky. From somber bunker to bright sky, the surreal experience scars memories, but expands sensational awareness beyond any political belongings and national identities.
The Sky is High, But! is an audio-visual performance that enhances the existential transition from trauma to post-trauma of “the” political victim. The composition is using recordings of weaponry sounds and birdsongs, forming three chapters on a transformative story of a Bird.
The performance is part of the first phase of our 2019 program At The Lab, bringing together artists and cultural practitioners exploring sound, listening and sonic practices in relation to forms of collective agency, alternative socialities and the emergence of milieus.