Scavenging sounds from online and on-site detritus, trans-millennial compendia of healing, and militarised ads and technologies, Jessika Khazrik’s sonic scapes intimately investigate the ecological and techno-political premises of the economies we inhabit or forget. Often born out of vocoded collaborations with multi-modal neural networks skewed with incomputable Arabic rhythms, Khazrik festively uses spaces of congregation to search for locally entrenched universalisms that could collectively respond to the dystopias of our current times. Khazrik’s indisciplinary practice as artist, writer, technologist, composer and DJ ranges from composition to machine learning, performance, teaching, visual art, ecotoxicology and history of science and music. In parallel to performing live and producing sound installations, Khazrik also composes scores for film, video games and performances and writes about music. She has composed and produced scores for GEOCINEMA, Johanna Hedva and Maxim Gorki Theatre, among others.
She has performed at Rewire Festival, Terraforma, CTM Festival, Ballroom Blitz, ALL, SONICA, Silent Green, Les Urbaines, HKW, Theater Der Welt, quarries, her house, secrets, among others. Her multi-channel sound installations and sound performances have been commissioned by Kunsthalle Wien, the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Center LACE, ar/ge kunst, LUMA Foundation, Para Site, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and Home Works, among others. Khazrik holds BAs in Linguistics and in Theatre from the Lebanese University (LU) and a MS in Art, Culture and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was awarded the Ada Lovelace Prize. In 2012-13, she was a fellow at Home Workspace Program in Ashkal Alwan, in 2018-19, a fellow at the Digital Earth and in 2020, guest faculty at HfK Bremen and the editor of the International Solidarity Page at the 17teshreen/October17 monthly publication.
Khazrik is the founder of The Society of False Witnesses and is currently a SHAPE PLATFORM artist fellow for 2021-22 and a 2021-22 Principal Investigator at the ‘Research on the Arts Programme’ by AFAC & ACSS and a 2022-23 fellow at If I Can't Dance.
06.19 Terraforma Symposio, IT
08.07 JUNOON Festival, DE
08.12 Paradise Lost Festival, DE
08.13 Para Site, HK(sound installation)
08.29 Redeem Festival, DE
09.01 Equrna Gallery, SI (installation)
09.11 Klubokawiarnia Recepcja, PL
09.24 Muzeum Sztuki, PL
10.02 Sonica Festival, SI
10.07 Reihe zur zeitgenössischen Vortragskunst, DE
10.08 Future East Festival, DE
10.23 Insomnia Festival, NO
10.27 EKKO Festival, NO
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