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  • Magdi Mostafa, The Surface of Spectral Scattering, 2014, LED lights, eight-channel audio, fabric. Installation view.

    Magdi Mostafa

    Townhouse Gallery

    Magdi Mostafa makes art via a process of sensory bricolage, typically constructing his installations by capturing light and sound inputs from everyday routines and layering them into new spaces. His 2010 work Transparent Existence filled the basement of Cairo’s Mawlawi Museum with a track of LED lights that followed the shape of the ecstatic dance movements Sufis had once performed there. With the lights programmed to respond to an ambient sixteen-channel sound work incorporating recordings from the site and surrounding streets, the piece overwrote its physical parameters with vibratory presences

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