Random loop of 60', spatialized on 8 speakers, 2018.
Safar سفر (travel) is an digital sound installation
as part of the exhibition VISION @ Halles de Schaerbeek
The word Safar سفر (travel) has a special meaning for the Sufi poet Ibn Arabi in his treatise The Book of the Unveiling of the Effects of Travel. The inaugural journey he recounts is that of the divine himself and the establishment of all the names attached to creation. These are the names that will characterize in essence the relationship between beings and their creators and thus bind cosmogony and language. Yet Ibn Darabi insists on the limits of the verb and supposes the pre-existence of the unmanifest, the undifferentiated, the unspeakable.
Safar offers an enigmatic dive here. Overlooked by a monolithe-language, the spectator is immersed in a cloud of signs, where 100 fragments of words around the same theme circulate: the verb and the voice. What is a voice, where is the meaning born, how does it inflect or enrich it? Each speaker transmits his own hypotheses and it is from this chorality of testimony that a constellation of meaning takes shape.
Voices : Abdelaziz Bouyabrine, Noureddine Ezarraf, Touria Ikbal, Soulaima Laabili, Taha Tourani.
Artistic & technical collaboration : Damien Petitot. With the support of Rachid Madrane, Ministre de la promotion de Bruxelles à la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, les Halles de Schaerbeek & Alwan'art.