ORGAN ORCHESTRA – performance happening on 30 January 2020 18-20:00 Potsdamer Str 70. An Iceland Berlin collaboration

Performance by Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson with set by Nabil Arbaain

Inside each of us, organs keep our body functioning, wet and viscous; outside the body, the organs are an instrument, fingered and blown.

Why do we have two ears instead of one? Duo sound collectors, absorbing sound waves and transforming this acoustic ocean into vibrations. Soft warm membranes gathering tones, they are listening. They can hear the waves, they understand such language. Your inner ear is an Organ, whispering stories to your brain.

Where does sound come from as a presence?
Where does sound erupt materially?
What is the time of sound?
What is the conversation?

Artist Bios:
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson is a visual artist, music maker and storyteller. In his work he segues between the different artistic modes of drawing, sculpture, performance and music. Styrmir has a love for the absurd in the everyday life. Recently he released his debut album ‘What Am I Doing With My Life?’, an avant-garde hip hop LP made in collaboration with the magnificent Medical Faculty. Styrmir has shown his work internationally in white cubes, black boxes and outdoors. His works have been presented at Alþýðuhúsið in Siglufjörður, Lithuanian Pavilion at Venice Biennale, Casa del Lago in Mexico City, Hotel Holt in Reykjavik, Boekie Woekie in Amsterdam and Crikoteka in Krakow to name a few. photo credit: Art Bicnick

Nabil Arbaain is a Syrian composer and oud player from Damascus currently based in Berlin. From 2006 to 2012, he managed a music production company ”Alkhaimeh” which produced music for local musicians and the Damascus Opera House. Under Arbaain’s supervision, Alkhaimeh also focused on supporting struggling youth musicians in their first steps, including arranging and organizing rehearsal sessions, concerts, and art events as well as recording and production of their work. Besides working in Alkhaimeh, Arbaain co-founded and played with several bands and Orchestras in Damascus, Beirut, Istanbul and currently Berlin, with musicians and music styles from all around the world.

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