OSLO10   Basel-Switzerland
Ein Projekt der Christoph Merian Stiftung. Neuer Kunstraum für zeitgenössische Kunst.

Exhibition on sound and historical documents in the African context   
(15.11.14 – 16.1.15)
with Gilles Aubry, Zouheir Atbane, Youssef Tabti, Corsin Fontana

EXHIBITION OPENING 15.11.14 18 p.m.
artist talk & listening session
with Michael Hitbrunner, Corsin Fontana, Michael Fontana, alberto Rainolter, Youssef Tabti and Gilles Aubry 16.11.14 / 16 p.m.

The exhibition presents three contemporary artistic positions dealing with historical documents in the African context. While approaching documentation as a performative, collaborative and reflective exploration of the real, the participating artists simultaneously deliver critical re-interpretations of dissonant pasts.
...In “SWAKOPMUND, part #II of the project Colonial His-story or SCENE(s) MISSING (2011)”, Youssef Tabti presents the result of his exploration of the German colonial past in Namibia. 

For “A Long March through unknown places. Performance in a political context. Algeria-Tunisia-Libya”, he opted for a mode of artistic exploration of Northern-African desertic regions, inspired by the work of Abdelhafid Khatib, a member of the Situationist International, and the psychogeographical Theory Of The Derive.
His installation present photographs from an imaginary 1069 km long walk across Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, emphasizing on the non-documentary nature of his recordings, which are reduced to abstract traces.  

Front: „SWAKOPMUND“ 2011
Original print on wallpaper 300x400cm, with original photographs printed onto paper mate. On the podest Flags of the German Empire (textil silicon harder
Background: „A Long March trought unknow places“ 2012
Maps with Geographic cordinate latitude and longitude and six Color prints (50x50cm) landscape of North Africa with Floor Speakers (Sound from hiking in north Afrika).  

(click on a picture to enlarge).

detail|Gefechtsspange (vergoldet sammelanfertigung) Postkarten Südwestafrika (original um 1900)

"...Die Basis für seine Arbeit bildet eine sich fortwährend entwickelnde Sammlung ganz unterschiedlicher Materialien und Artefakte, aus deren Zusammenstellung er seine Arbeiten generiert. Das Konzept wird dabei zu einem Spiel, welches hilft, diese Gegenstände und ihre Lesarten neu zu denken. In der Ausstellung zeigt er die Installation Swakopmund (2011), in welcher über einen Stadtplan, Mineralien, Postkarten, Pins, Fotografien, Briefmarken und Flaggen eine monströse Vergangenheit anklingt. Es ist ein Bild von Deutschland als Kolonialmacht in Namibia mit aggressiv westlicher Infrastruktur, dem Genozid an den Herero und der Ausbeutung der örtlichen Bodenschätze. 

Auf den ersten Blick weniger appellarisch zeigen sich daneben die Fotografien der Installation A Long March Through Unknown Places (2012), mit Trampelpfaden durch sonst unberührte Natur. Die Karte und die dazugesetzten Himmelsrichtungen zeigen, dass die nicht zuortbaren Landschaften in Algerien, Tunesien und Libyen aufgenommen wurden, bei einer Wanderschaft über Staatgrenzen, die nur auf den Karten wirklich existieren..."

Michael Hiltbrunner

Here's an better overview. Please click on the following link  Exhibition Views
Video and Catalogue of the Exhibition BACK IN TOWN at Kunsthaus Hamburg 2014

The sample you listen here (Back in Town-Exhibition View) is from the soundscape (Project that I realized in Istanbul, Turkey 2010) of the main exhibition room, which also functioned as the sound space for my work.

Catalogue BACK IN TOWN (extract) by Andreas Schlaegel

"Youssef Tabti and architect Erich Pick share a common interest in officious forms of presentation and architecture as a mirror for psychosozial and institutional conditions. With their consecutive series of posters and sound-based artworks, they want to invite the viewer to engage with art and architecture politically as well, and to broadly articulate her/his desires and demands concerning architecture and co-existence. In their presentations with a layout akin to advertising posters (and accentuated by Youssef Tabti's tonal landscape), they present an imaginary, erroneous organisation, Urban Sounscape LLP, wich purports to offer as a service acoustic design for private or public buildings ("Improving sensitivity to quality in SETTLEMENTS" as one posters calls it). Yet their own PR methodes expose this business as a satirical attack on in current town planning, euphemistically  termed "Urban design".

Edited by Peter Heidenwag and Corinna Koch
Textem Verlag

Green Soundscape // Audio collage    
at Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) Initiated by e-flux.


About | Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) is a project by e-flux and the Serpentine Gallery London devised by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle. The Berlin edition of AUP is conceived in collaboration with Berliner Künstlerprogramm/ DAAD.
Unlike unrealized architectural projects, which are frequently exhibited and circulated, unrealized artworks tend to remain unnoticed or little known. But perhaps there is another form of artistic agency in the partial expression, the incomplete idea, the projection of a mere intention? Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) seeks to document and display these works, in this way charting the terrain of a contingent future.
Though the state of being unrealized implies the potential for realization, not all projects are intended to be carried out. In other instances, artists deliberately leave works incomplete, to record very interesting "failures" or experiments. Other planned projects involve consciously utopian, non-utilitarian, and conceptual spaces that were not made available for realization. Whether censored, forgotten, postponed, impossible, or rejected, unrealized projects form a unique testament to the speculative power of non-action.