"I have been looking into laser monitoring systems - which were developed for covert observations in order to extend surveillance into rooms which cannot be accessed - by using a laser to pick up micro vibrations on panes of glass and converting the vibrations into audible sound.
As I am currently building a laser microphone, the sound pieces which I present here are my first experiments with it. This has taken a lot longer than expected but it is an entirely new approach to working with sound that I am developing for my upcoming project at Kunsthalle Basel, next January 2021".
aspect:ratio 02 (5m) is presented by Festival des Gestes de la Recerche, a moment of knowledge production and public sharing of the research developed during the academic year 2019/2020 in the framework of Hospitalité artistique et activisme visuel pour une Europe diasporique et post-occidentale, a project directed by Katia Schneller and Simone Frangi at ESAD Grenoble.
Lydia Ourahmane (b.1992, Saïda) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Algiers. Her research-driven practice explores major geopolitical issues of our time testing the permeability of boundaries and the state of being in-between. Her work in recent years has built on complex histories of colonialism, migration and abstraction in a poetic exploration of the present, the personal and the political. She graduated from Goldsmiths University of London in 2014 and has exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Solar Cry, Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Homeless Souls, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Crude, Jameel Art Center, Dubai; Manifesta 12, Palermo; Jaou, Tunis; Droit du sang, Kunstverein München, Munich; 2018 New Museum Triennial: Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York; The You In Us, Chisenhale Gallery, London.