Friday 29 September
Halim El-Dabh حليم الضبع, Wire Recorder Piece (1944) & Meditation in White Sound (1959)Spatial diffusion by Sam Salem أسامة سالم
Zeynep Toraman, An emotional rollercoaster just for you (2018)For electric guitar, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello & electronics, performed by Distractfold Ensemble (Rocío Bolaños, Daniel Brew, Linda Jankowska, Alice Purton, Kasia Ziminska). UK premiere
Sam Salem أسامة سالم, The Way Up & The Way Down (2023)For percussion, electronics & video, performed by Noam Bierstone. UK premiere
FRKTL سارة بدرLive audiovisual set
Mariam Rezaei, SING (2023) For two turntables
Saturday 30 September
Afternoon film matinee
Saeed Taji Farouky سعيد تاجي الفاروقي has selected four short films which complement Another
Sky’s focus on sonic experimentation. These avant-garde SWANA films have a sense
of musicality and rhythm: old home movies; overheard slices of songs on the radio;
the imagined auditory horror of suburban automobile hell; musical archives as political
resistance; military archives subverted into absurdist kitsch. All examine new forms
of fragmented landscapes and layered narratives, challenging both traditional narrative
structure and the dominance of the image in conventional filmmaking.
Lina Laraki, Halves Through Night (2021)Part horror, part audio installation, Halves Through Night is a transcendent exploration of barzakh, the Persian term for a transitional space between the living and the dead, through a sonic journey with a sentient car in a Roubaix suburb. Halves Through Night explores this veiled space in which beings are suspended, disembodied from the real, and no longer belong to any place.
Anoushka Berberian and Olivia Melkonian, Unseen Singers (2021)
A musical and auditory
journey in memory of the victims and survivors of the Armenian genocide. Part travelogue,
part investigation of fading memories, the film both records a process of remembering,
and sculpts a memorial itself.
Karim Kassem, Mr.
Wool (2018)Beiruti home videos
capture a family entertained by the absurd, repetitive obsessions of Mr. Wool, a
man who is never satisfied with his car parking. From the director of Octopus,
winner of the Envision Best Film award at IDFA 2021.
Kamal Aljafari, Paradiso, XXXI, 108 (2022)
The latest act of
archival sabotage from one of the region’s most defiant experimental filmmakers.
Using found footage from Israeli military propaganda films, Aljafari uses the strategy
of the “cut-up” to undermine the myth and transform it into an absurd Sisyphean
Hosted by Olivia
Melkonian, this participatory workshop challenges traditional archiving concepts
and presents the practice as an accessible art form and community tool. Drawing
from oral history techniques, participants will develop methods of producing creative
audio rooted in documentary practices and resistance.
Building a Sonic
Archive: exploring audio as a tool of resistance
If you would like to participate, please come with an audio clip you would like to work with – a recording of ambient sound, singing, voices, anything that to you represents an important memory, and therefore archival material. A digital file on your phone is perfect.
Saturday 30 September
Hardi Kurda هەردی کوردە, Your Resonance (2023)Another Sky commission, for prepared viola & electronics. World premiere
Salam Shamki & Zeynep Ağcabay, You Smell Like A Prayer (2023)Co-commission with Safar Film Festival, short film with live music
AMMAR 808 عمارLive set
Zeynep AğcabayDJ set
Sunday 1 October
Afternoon label & publishing fair
Independent label & publisher fair in association with The Mosaic Rooms Bookshop. With labels and publishers including Azl Collective, Bees & Refugees, CentreCentre, Chutney Magazine, Discontent, Other Asias (Hamja Ahsan), Drowned By Locals, Khidr Collective, LibLib, Maqam مقام, Morphine Records, Nöl Collective, vinyl.4.charity and more to come