WALLED UNWALLED

by Lawrence Abu Hamdan
WALLED UNWALLED - WALLED UNWALLED

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Nation: Israel

Year: 2018

Length: 20'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

In the year 2000 there was a total of fifteen fortified border walls and fences between sovereign nations. Today, physical barriers at sixty-three borders divide nations across four continents. As these walls were being constructed, millions and millions of invisible cosmic particles called muons descended into the earth’s atmosphere and penetrated deep, through layers of concrete, soil and rock. Scientists realised that these particles could be harvested, and a technology could be developed to use their peculiar physical capacities to pass through surfaces previously impervious to X-rays. Muons allowed us to see for the first time the contraband hidden in lead lined shipping containers and secret chambers buried inside pyramids. Now no wall on earth is impermeable. Today, we’re all wall, and no wall at all. The performance, a single channel twenty minute shot, comprises a series of narratives derived from legal cases that revolved around evidence that was heard or experienced through walls. It consists of reenactments staged inside a studio in the Funkhaus, East Berlin.

Director

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Amman, Giordania, 1985) is an artist and audio investigator who lives in Beirut. His interest in sound comes from his training as a musician and composer of independent music. His acoustical investigations have been used as testimony in the English courts for political asylum and immigration hearings and in support of Amnesty International and Defence for Children. His research is part of the studies in forensic architecture at Goldsmiths College in London, where he received his doctorate in 2017. He is the author of the book [inaudible] : A Politics of Listening in 4 Acts, and his short film Rubber Coated Steel (2017) won the Tiger Short Film Award at Rotterdam, while his exhibition Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt (2016) received the Nam June Paik Award for New Media. He has exhibited in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Beirut, London, and Utrecht, as well as at the MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and at London’s Tate Modern.

Filmography:
filmografia essenziale/essential filmography
Language Gulf in the Shouting Valley (cm, 2013), The All-Hearing (cm, doc., 2014), Double-Take: Leader of the Syrian Revolution Commanding a Charge (cm, doc., 2014), Rubber Coated Steel (cm, doc., 2017), Walled Unwalled (cm, 2018).

Cast and Credits

walled unwalled

regia, interprete/director, cast
Lawrence Abu Hamdan

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contatti/contacts
Maureen Paley Galery
Oliver Evans
[email protected]
www.maureenpaley.com

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In the year 2000 there was a total of fifteen fortified border walls and fences between sovereign nations. Today, physical barriers at sixty-three borders divide nations across four continents. As these walls were being constructed, millions and millions of invisible cosmic particles called muons descended into the earth’s atmosphere and penetrated deep, through layers of concrete, soil and rock. Scientists realised that these particles could be harvested, and a technology could be developed to use their peculiar physical capacities to pass through surfaces previously impervious to X-rays. Muons allowed us to see for the first time the contraband hidden in lead lined shipping containers and secret chambers buried inside pyramids. Now no wall on earth is impermeable. Today, we’re all wall, and no wall at all. The performance, a single channel twenty minute shot, comprises a series of narratives derived from legal cases that revolved around evidence that was heard or experienced through walls. It consists of reenactments staged inside a studio in the Funkhaus, East Berlin.

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Amman, Giordania, 1985) is an artist and audio investigator who lives in Beirut. His interest in sound comes from his training as a musician and composer of independent music. His acoustical investigations have been used as testimony in the English courts for political asylum and immigration hearings and in support of Amnesty International and Defence for Children. His research is part of the studies in forensic architecture at Goldsmiths College in London, where he received his doctorate in 2017. He is the author of the book [inaudible] : A Politics of Listening in 4 Acts, and his short film Rubber Coated Steel (2017) won the Tiger Short Film Award at Rotterdam, while his exhibition Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt (2016) received the Nam June Paik Award for New Media. He has exhibited in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Beirut, London, and Utrecht, as well as at the MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and at London’s Tate Modern.

Filmography:
filmografia essenziale/essential filmography
Language Gulf in the Shouting Valley (cm, 2013), The All-Hearing (cm, doc., 2014), Double-Take: Leader of the Syrian Revolution Commanding a Charge (cm, doc., 2014), Rubber Coated Steel (cm, doc., 2017), Walled Unwalled (cm, 2018).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

walled unwalled

regia, interprete/director, cast
Lawrence Abu Hamdan

**
contatti/contacts
Maureen Paley Galery
Oliver Evans
[email protected]
www.maureenpaley.com