The visual artist and producer discusses reframing disparate sounds and ideas, and recounts her unique personal history.
Senegal-born, Kuwait-raised and Berlin-residing visual artist and producer Fatima Al Qadiri pulls together a heady blend of personal and political geographies. As a child, she experienced the Gulf War firsthand with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait – a trauma that was furthered by her love for video games, and playing the Gulf War-glorifying Desert Strike video game barely two years after she saw her native Kuwait destroyed. Memory is a crucial element to how she melts music down into her own hyper-digital, often beatless landscapes: her 2014 debut LP on Hyperdub, Asiatisch, presents a Western view of China through experimental grime productions. In this episode of Couch Wisdom recorded at the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, she recounts her unique personal history and talks about how she reframes seemingly disparate sounds and ideas.