UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


(Lebanon) Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 25 April 2019


Join us at the Sursock Museum in Beirut for the Lebanon performance of Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut on 25th April 2019. Acoustic Cities is a collaboration inviting artists and scholars from Lebanon and the UK to create audio works that sound out the spatial traces of memories, cultures, and bodies ingrained into the physical fabric of their cities.

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Annelise Andersen


Sursock Museum
Greek Orthodox Archbishopric Street

In a city in which noise can often be all-encompassing, how can we find ways to listen to things that are hidden, stories that are unheard, and forms of life at risk of disappearing?

Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut is a collection of works by Joan Baz, John Bingham-Hall, Gerard Gormley, Nathalie Harb, Omaya Malaeb, Nadim Mishlawi, Merijn Royaards, Youmna Saba, Mhamad Safa, and Christabel Stirling.

Each of the works encodes a methodology for listening and making audible things that have otherwise been hidden or silent - whether through activating spaces acoustically, listening technologically beyond the surface of the daily lifeworld, asking for testimonies otherwise unspoken. 

The works offer listeners ways of hearing the richness of their acoustic environments, and language to challenge its problems. In doing so they help to frame sound as a shared concern and a shared resource to design and to benefit from. 

Launch Events

Thursday 25 April, 6pm-9pm, Sursock Museum, Beirut. Free entry. Following an immersive programme of works from the edition, Joan Baz, Merijn Royaards, Mhamad Safa and Christabel Stirling will discuss their pieces.

Wednesday 15 May, 5.30-7.30pm, Bloomsbury Theatre, London. Free entry. Please register here


Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut is a collaboration between Institute for Global Prosperity UCL, Recomposing the City, the RELIEF Centre, Theatrum Mundi and Optophono.

It follows on from Recomposing the City and Theatrum Mundi's 2017 exploratory workshop 'Urban Sound and the Politics of Memory'. It forms part of the RELIEF Centre's Cultural Committee programme, which began work on sound in 2018 with 'Beirut Soundscape'.