Rub­ber Coa­ted Steel

May 2014: two unar­med Pal­es­ti­ni­an teens are kil­led by Israe­li sol­diers on the West Bank. Abu Hamd­an made an audio ana­ly­sis to ascer­tain whe­ther rub­ber or live bul­lets were used. The film cen­tres on the gun­fi­re, yet no shots are heard. Rub­ber Coa­ted Steel does not pre­si­de over the voices of the vic­tims but seeks to ampli­fy their silence, ques­tio­ning the ways in which rights are being heard today.

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Law­rence Abu Hamdan

Libanon/Deutschland 2017, 22’, Doku­men­tar­film, Eng­lisch mit eng­li­schen UT


Law­rence Abu Hamd­an is an artist, ‘pri­va­te ear’ and fel­low at the Vera List Cen­ter for Art and Poli­tics, The New School, New York. His pro­jects have taken the form of audio­vi­su­al instal­la­ti­ons, per­for­man­ces, gra­phic works, pho­to­gra­phy, Isla­mic ser­mons, cas­set­te tape com­po­si­ti­ons, pota­to chip packets, essays and lec­tures. The artist’s foren­sic audio inves­ti­ga­ti­ons were con­duc­ted as part of his PhD rese­arch in foren­sic archi­tec­tu­re at Golds­mit­hs, Uni­ver­si­ty of London.


2014 The All Hearing
2014 Dou­ble-take: Lea­der Of The Syri­an Revo­lu­ti­on Com­man­ding A Charge