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

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 from other realities. In other projects, he has juxtaposed sound and space to deliver social commentary. Sound Cells (Fridays), 2010, shown at the Sharjah Biennial that year, queried the ritual construction of gender with sound collected from two Friday activities: clothes-washing (female)

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