Forming a Harmonious Collective: Zahed Sultan Discusses his Barbican Residency


The multimedia artist Zahed Sultan on his upcoming live set especially created for the Barbican Art Gallery as part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening (27 June – 26 July).


In my July residency at The Barbican, we will conceive and bring to life an interactive audio-visual immersive experience in attempts to allow audience members to perceive, engage and feel.

The performance will be an extension of a ‘live’ series I have constructed and performed over the past 1.5 years in various places around the world. The performance will borrow from my latest body of work ‘eyeamsound’ as well as a string of unreleased musical works.

In collaboration with a creative pool of artists, we aspire for the performance to be an immersive happening. Multi-instrumentalists 'BASSically' will join me onsite to construct the musical landscape, along with Magic IslandKiani Del Valle and Claudia Hughes will interpret themes of disparate community, deformity in identity, and hypothetical borders through dance and dialogue. The night, in all its dimensions, will be documented by cinematographer Timothy George Kelly.

Further, light and visual manipulation in collaboration with Wolves Visuals will provide dimensionality to the Barbican's Art Gallery through the course of the performance. Through these outputs, the appropriation of music, visual arts, video and performance art will be re-contextualized to create dialogue and form a harmonious collective between both the audience and the performer(s).


Zahed Sultan will perform a live set, especially created for the Barbican Art Gallery as part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening (27 June – 26 July), on Thursday 16th July at 7.30pm at the Barbican Centre.

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