A performance made of improvised happenings, Disguised as a Dance Floor focuses on the politics of bass, the subversive role of loud music and their effect on the body. Instigating an immersive experience in LE 18, artist Joe Namy will create a space for new ways of listening with and through the body, creating situations for gestures, sounds and words that merge in ways that haven’t been previously accessible.
Disguised as a Dance Floor is a set of scores and immersive installation based on the politics of bass and the subversive role of loud music and its effect on the body; creating a space for new ways of listening with the body and creating situations for gestures, sounds, words to mingle in ways that haven’t been previously accessible. Through an improvised and collaborative series of scores, this installation would bring together several areas of research involving ways in which violence or solidarity have resonated on the dance floor, through personal experiences and collective stories of empowerment, movement, and expression.
Disguised as a Dance Floor is developed as part of the Consortium Commissions - a project initiated by Mophradat.
Image: Performance Disguised as a Dance Floor, Joe Namy. Courtesy Michael Huard, Say Who.
Joe Namy is an artist, educator, and composer. He often works collaboratively, creating artworks that integrate music, video, performance, photography, installation, and radio. His practice centres primarily on identity, memory, power, and technology in music and organised sound, such as the politics and gender dynamics of bass, the colour and tones of militarisation, the migration patterns of instruments and songs, the complexities of translation from language to language, from drum to dance, from score to sound. He teaches at the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace in Beirut and has been programming radio since 2009 as Electric Kahr.