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.