Concrete sampling

Concrete Sampling, arrangement for derbekah and jackhammer is a performance displayed at night by a crew of laborers in a construction pit in Beirut. Ilaria Lupo invited sound artist Joe Namy to collaborate on a performance project where he created a site-specific composition for the site to be performed live by the laborers. The project is conceived as an interference to the urban soundscape, as the set up of a new rhythm within the existing one. The proliferation of construction sites in Beirut has inadvertently become a distinct ubiquitous sound-mark. The performance attempts to deconstruct this soundtrack, creating a rupture that engages the (social/physical) space as the actual material of work.