To celebrate the launch of Bani Abidi's The Song at Salzburger Kunstverein, the artist is joined by Film and Video Umbrella's Director, Steven Bode, to discuss the new work.
In Bani Abidi’s video, The Song, an elderly refugee gradually adjusts the sound environment of his new, unfamiliar abode. He begins to fashion makeshift kinetic objects from sundry purchases (an electric toothbrush, plastic bottles, a whisk), whose low-key, repetitive sounds echo those from other rooms he has known (the whirr of an overhead fan, perhaps, or the hum of a generator). Symbols of comfort and consolation, this growing family of objects allow him to give voice to his own unique, highly personal song.
The Song (2022) was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Contemporary Art Society, John Hansard Gallery and Salzburger Kunstverein. Supported by Arts Council England. Presented by Contemporary Art Society to Gallery Oldham.