28 September 2018

Cankarjev dom, Linhart Hall



Featuring Tarik Barri, Arash Bolouri and Behrouz Pashaei

For "Sacred Horror in Design", commissioned by CTM Festival, Iranian artist Ata Ebtekar aka Sote collaborates with celebrated audiovisual composer Tarik Barri (Monolake, Thom Yorke, Nicolas Jaar) and performers Arash Bolouri (santoor) and Behrouz Pashaei (setar) on a project merging electronics with traditional acoustic instruments for a "Persian techno apocalypse." 

The project takes on the paradoxical task of preserving the beauty of tradition while bending and morphing existing patterns into unique shapes that may eventually become another form of folklore in the future. Nano particles build micro structures, which in turn construct macro networks in a mega system for a magical, textural multi-timbral environment. 

Tarik Barri’s video work is based on very detailed high definition renderings and textures, that are 100% generated live and allows him to respond to the dynamics of the sounds as an independent voice. The aesthetic of the video is loosely based on the heritage of Persian geometric patterns in architecture, graphic art and decoration, mutated and contrasted by granular and acidic visual noise. This way Barri’s visuals mirror the dialogue and quarrel between tradition and distressed contemporary sentience that is also at the core of the music.

The sold-out premiere at CTM 2017 festival at HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre in Berlin was met with standing ovations, followed by shows at Ultima (Oslo/NO), Donaufestival (Krems/AT), SOU (Tiblisi), TodaysArt (The Hague/NL), and Bozar (Brussels/BE).

The album of the same name was released by British label Opal Tapes in the 2nd half of 2017, and has garnered enthusiastic reviews by The Wire, FACT, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, The Quietus, and other magazines.  In mid 2018 Sub Rosa will finally release a vinyl version of “Sacred Horror in Design”.

Music: Ata 'Sote' Ebtekar Santour: Arash Bolouri Setar: Behrouz Pashaei Visuals & programming: Tarik Barri booking: Documentation Production: Tanja Busking Camera: Rik Komaromi, Koen Dijkstra, Jonathan Sipkema Recorded @ TodaysArt Festival The Hague, 2017