The low-lying city of Alexandria is under threat from rising sea levels – but sound artist and composer Ahmed Saleh’s work for voice and musical instruments is not (only) warning of future catastrophe, but telling the story of two previous floods that devastated the city in the fourth and eleventh centuries. In musical movements by turns soothing and frantic, Saleh’s work blends the sounds of the metropolis into a remembered and imagined soundscape where rushing tides swamp bustling streets, and drowned cities slowly resurface, transfigured, time and again. 

Supported by British Council Egypt and in partnership with B’sarya for Arts

Inspired by her parents’ temperamental portable record player that used to mangle the LPs it played, Ela Orleans presents a suite of deconstructed, reimagined French pop music of the 1960s. At times familiar, at others transformed, these torch songs and dance tunes are set to a visual collage that summons up and subverts the fashion, film and style of bygone times. La Nuit Dorée is a vision of a Paris that could have been, and a golden age that never was. 

A Cryptic Commission 2024. Developed at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.