Oussama Tabti

Parlophones - parcours

Parlophones - Parcours
Installation on different locations in Brussels in public space - free
09.09 > 12.12.21

Brussels cityscape reveals an amalgamate of languages, cultures and people. Its Art Nouveau buildings sit cheek by jowl with graceless office blocks while the country’s famous political disorganization has an analogue in the capital’s chaotic, fraying street plan.
When zoomed in upon, these streets reveal yet another reflection of Brussels’ disarray: bricolage of name tags and coordinates, doorbells of all sorts affixed to and dangling from the city’s walls.
The doorbells mark not only its corresponding inhabitants, but also lend the latter a status within the Belgian social system, an administrative locus – a domiciliation – from which they can partake in the country’s social scheme. Each one of them withholds an intimate story, a tale of how its owner reached the country and made it its own – from refugees and migrants to expats and those gone astray.
These are the lives and voices that populate Parlophones , a poignant, solemn and utterly intimate sound installation. Parlophones’ s collection of doorbells invite its public to press their button and listen to the stories of those who arrived in Brussels and made it their home.
Parlophones was presented as part of the exhibition BXL UNIVERSEL II : Multipli.city. With Parlophones - parcours, Oussama Tabti brings the installation to the public space. On 7 locations throughout the city of Brussels different doorbell collections are installed inviting you to listen to a multitude of stories as you stroll around town.

Parlophones locations
ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Rue du Chantier / werfstraat 13, 1000 Brussels
Gluon Platform for art science and technology, Rue de l'Abattoir / Slachthuisstraat 4, 1000 Brussels
Moussem Nomadic Art Center, Rue des Mégissiers / Zeemtouwersstraat 6 1070 Brussels
Casi Uo Centre d'action sociale italien, Rue Saint Guidon / sint-guidostraat 94, 1070 Brussels
Lagrange Points Brussels, Rue des Tanneurs / Huidevettersstraat 114, 1000 Brussels
Gemeenschapscentrum Ten Noey Rue de la Commune / Gemeentestraat 25, 1210 Brussels
Beit ASBL Cultural center Avenue des Saisons / Jaargetijdenlaan 4, 1050 Brussels

by / with

Production: Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre
Supported by: VGC, The Brussels-Capital Region, Goethe-Institut Brussels
icw: Argos, Beit asbl, Gluon, GC Ten Noey, Lagrange Points, Casi Uo

Parlophones - Parcours
Installation on different locations in Brussels in public space - free
09.09 > 12.12.21

Brussels cityscape reveals an amalgamate of languages, cultures and people. Its Art Nouveau buildings sit cheek by jowl with graceless office blocks while the country’s famous political disorganization has an analogue in the capital’s chaotic, fraying street plan.
When zoomed in upon, these streets reveal yet another reflection of Brussels’ disarray: bricolage of name tags and coordinates, doorbells of all sorts affixed to and dangling from the city’s walls.
The doorbells mark not only its corresponding inhabitants, but also lend the latter a status within the Belgian social system, an administrative locus – a domiciliation – from which they can partake in the country’s social scheme. Each one of them withholds an intimate story, a tale of how its owner reached the country and made it its own – from refugees and migrants to expats and those gone astray.
These are the lives and voices that populate Parlophones , a poignant, solemn and utterly intimate sound installation. Parlophones’ s collection of doorbells invite its public to press their button and listen to the stories of those who arrived in Brussels and made it their home.
Parlophones was presented as part of the exhibition BXL UNIVERSEL II : Multipli.city. With Parlophones - parcours, Oussama Tabti brings the installation to the public space. On 7 locations throughout the city of Brussels different doorbell collections are installed inviting you to listen to a multitude of stories as you stroll around town.

Parlophones locations
ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Rue du Chantier / werfstraat 13, 1000 Brussels
Gluon Platform for art science and technology, Rue de l'Abattoir / Slachthuisstraat 4, 1000 Brussels
Moussem Nomadic Art Center, Rue des Mégissiers / Zeemtouwersstraat 6 1070 Brussels
Casi Uo Centre d'action sociale italien, Rue Saint Guidon / sint-guidostraat 94, 1070 Brussels
Lagrange Points Brussels, Rue des Tanneurs / Huidevettersstraat 114, 1000 Brussels
Gemeenschapscentrum Ten Noey Rue de la Commune / Gemeentestraat 25, 1210 Brussels
Beit ASBL Cultural center Avenue des Saisons / Jaargetijdenlaan 4, 1050 Brussels

visual arts / a moussem production

09/09/21 - 12/12/21
Brussels