IMAGE: Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers Lab (featuring Chris Cogburn), The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 2022. Artwork © Tarek Atoui. Photograph by Leon Alesi.

The Whisperers: Performance

Collaboration is central to artist Tarek Atoui’s work. Before The Whisperers opened to the public, three musicians-in-residence each spent two weeks experimenting with sound-making materials Atoui designed, and these experiments helped to inform his installation in Austin.

In this performance, musicians-in-residence Henna Chou, Chris Cogburn, and Parham Daghighi take their earlier research full circle by responding to the artist’s completed installation.

Throughout Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers, we invite you to experience the exhibition in some new and unexpected ways:

  • Book tickets to a formal performance to experience how the musicians-in-residence and their collaborators have experimented with the artist’s work to create new ways of perceiving sound. 
  • Delve into explorations of sound in guided listening sessions led by musicians and other facilitators.
  • Buy tickets to see the exhibition any time and experience compositions of sounds emitted by the objects on view, reverberating throughout the space, challenging your notions of what sound can do. 

Visit to see the full schedule of these unique performances and events.

Due to the format of the performances, capacity is limited and late arrivals will not be admitted. Please reserve your spot and arrive early!