Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980 and moved to Paris in 1998 where he studied contemporary and electronic music at the French National Conservatory of Reims. Co-artistic director of the STEIM Studios, Amsterdam (2008), Atoui released his first solo album in the Mort Aux Vaches series for the label Staalplaat (Amsterdam/Berlin) in 2006-07. He builds new software for each project and specialises in creating computer tools for interdisciplinary art forms and youth education.
Atoui has worked with the Sharjah Art Foundation since 2008 when he became artist- in-residence. During this period he created Un-drum/Strategies of surviving noise (2009). He later composed Un-drum 2: the Chinese connection (2009) which was performed during Disorientation II. He has also worked in the context of the Foundation’s Education Programme, leading workshops on art and technology for university students, teenagers and museum professionals in the UAE and the region.
Recent productions and performances have taken place at the New Museum, New York (2010), Manarat Saadiyat, UAE (2009), Sharjah Biennial (2009), La Maison Rouge, Paris (2009) and the Today’s Art Festival, Amsterdam (2007). Much of Atoui’s work references social and political realities and presents music and new technologies as powerful tools of expression and identity. His pioneering youth workshop, Empty Cans, has been presented in France, Holland, Lebanon, Egypt, and in New York, as part of his Museum as Hub residency at the New Museum.