See the Nine, is a soundscape that highlights the role that tourism, consumerism and technology have played in disrupting the natural acoustics of the ancient wonders of the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
The neighbourhood of Nazlet El-Semman, the area surrounding the pyramids, is controversial. The Egyptian government has recently approved a plan for the demolition of numerous buildings, unauthorized houses and shops that besiege the archeological site. The reason behind the government demolishing these building is the way in which they distort the image of the archaeological site that tourists from around the world have grown to love.
So what’s happening now is that an area that is built because of the economic system driven by tourism, is now considered a national shame in regard to the international tourists who, in Giza, still do expect to find a scene taken straight out of a movie.
Documentation: Pyramids of Giza, Giza, Egypt
See the nine developed from a project looking into the realities of a community that is living on the tourist values of the pyramids, a community with a specific, contemporary, hectic, noisy soundscape that is totally dissonant with the western imaginary of that area.
The audio track has been showcased and exhibited in Florence, Italy, Grenobles, France and is due to be showcased in Turn, France (2020) while the prints are set to be showcased in Lisbon, Portugal and Dublin, Ireland (2020)