In the frame of Inquiries on a Common World, a series of workshops and presentations led at Ashkal Alwan, focusing on the shareable public space, on the common, and on the invention of new forms of political, scientific and artistic representations.

Sandra Terdjman will give a talk on the composition WITHIN and the inquiry TACET:

These are two intertwined projects initiated in 2013 in the context of the Sharjah Biennial 11 (Sharjah - United Arab Emirates).
They started as a dialogue between Tarek Atoui, Council (curators Sandra Terdjman and Gregory Castera) and the teachers and students of Al Amal School for the Deaf in Sharjah.

These discussions took place with students of different degrees of deafness, and led to an exploration of a diversity of listening modes and abilities (anticipation, tactile sound, visual noise). During the biennale, this informed the structure of Tarek Atoui's composition, as well as a number of workshops with Al Amal students and a think tank curated by Council with a collective of researchers.
Since 2013, they also inspired new productions and an online publication.
Through WITHIN and TACET, different modes of inquiries were experimented. This talk will look back at the different methodologies used and their consequences.


  • Tarek Atoui
  • Sandra Terdjman


  • Bruno Latour
  • Valérie Pihet
  • Waddah Charara


  • Joana Hadjithomas
  • Khalil Joreige

Image : students from the Al Amal school for the deaf recording sounds during the workshop as part of the inquiry Tacet. More information on the article: Soundscape.

develops a structural approach to sound art which goes beyond the performance context. His processual and collaborative projects include composing sound works and making musical instruments. On and from Tarab (begun in 2011) brings together a group of musicians who revisit tarab, which designates both the traditional music form and the effect the music produces on the listener. Within (begun in 2009) is an in situ project on the city of Sharjah, which includes work with the Al Amal School for Deaf Students. Dahlem Session (begun in 2013) involves making new instruments based on music played with traditional instruments of unknown origin.

is co-founder of Kadist Art Foundation - a private foundation based in Paris and San Francisco, dedicated to supporting contemporary art. From 2006 to 2012, as artistic programme director at Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), she developed a residency programme for international artists and curators, overseeing the production of a series of works, films, performances and exhibitions. Presently, she serves as advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation on collection acquisition, production and dissemination.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Art History (Sorbonne, Paris), a Masters in Creative Curating (Goldsmiths College, London) and has participated in the experimentation in art and politics programme run by Bruno Latour (Science Po – Institute of Political Studies, Paris).

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Ashkal Alwan, Beirut 1st Floor, Building 110, Street 90, Jisr el Wati, Beirut

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