(c) Christian Schuller, (c) Lawrence Abu Hamdnan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan


Air Pressure : A Diary Of The Sky

Mousonturm Saal


The COVID pandemic brought air traffic in Lebanon to a standstill. Despite this, the noise caused by planes over Beirut increased dramatically. At the peak of the lockdown Israeli fighter jets and drones overflew the city up to 50 times a day. Their altitude would suggest that they were not there for surveillance or reconnaissance purposes, but with the aim of producing noise. However, the city’s countless diesel generators, reconstruction work following the explosion and the numerous civil protests relegated these noises to a hum in the background whose threatening origins could almost be forgotten. The artist and Turner Prize-winner Lawrence Abu Hamdan calls himself a “private ear”, an independent audio investigator. In the course of the last year, he has collected over 800 recordings of Israeli aircraft which he places at the centre of his new audio-visual essay that explores the link between territoriality and atmospheric violence.

Please find an english ticketing guideline here (the system is only in german)

Duration: ca. 75 Min.
Language: English
27.8., 8.15 p.m. Artist Talk with Marwa Arsanios and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, moderated by Reem Shadid


Admission is only possible with proof of negative Corona status (tested, vaccinated or recovered). Results of a  test may not be more than 24 hours old at this event.
Your contact details (name, address, telephone number and e-mail address) will be recorded on location before the event in order to follow-up in case of a COVID-19 infection.
No entry without a medical mouth-nose covering! Wearing a mouth-nose covering is mandatory at all times, except at your own seat.
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