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Sound from the Hallways

2012, color, no dialogue, 25’



“The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again.”

(Walter Benjamin “On the concept of history”)




The film documents the atmosphere of one of the most classic and visually dense collections on display in the world before its buildings and modus operandi becomes history.


Sound from the Hallways revisits history of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to challenge concepts of historicism and museology, from a time of the early 20th century when history was still seen as universal, and man believed in its abundant truth, to a time where several histories and narratives challenge each other for the semblance of reality.


This cinematographic work takes us through a series of the museum’s antique collections, as objects of men, women, faros, animals, and armies slowly glide pass the gaze of the viewer something intrusive is on the verge of happening. It is an artistic collaboration with the Egyptian sound artist Maurice Louca.



Read more about Sound from the Hallways in the art magazine Ibraaz





Credits and Screenings


- Award for Excellence in Film and Conceptual Art, Anamabra Book and Creativity Network, Awka 2014 

- Honorable Mention Sunset Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2012


Solo Exhibitions

- Subjectivities - Institutions in Crisis, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019 

- II Anambra Book & Creativity Festival, Awka, Nigeria, 2014

- Lumiar Cité, Solo-Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012


Group Exhibitions

- Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017

- Edith-Russ-Haus fur Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany, 2017

- Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015

- Medrar for Contemporary Art, 5th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt, 2013

Selected Screenings

- Hanoi Doclab, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2019

- Goethe Filmweek, Goethe Institute, Cairo, Egypt, 2015

- Saison Video, Lille, France 2015

- Rafi Peer Film Festival, Lahore Pakistan, 2013

- British Museum, London, United Kingdom, 2013​

- Artissima Lido, Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, Torino, Italy, 2012

- Malmö konsthall, Sweden, 2012

- New Vision Competition, CPH:DOX, Denmark, 2012

- VI Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Festival, Turkey, 2012

- Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt, 2012

- Cimatheque, Egypt, Cairo, 2012

- BOZAR, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles · Paleis voor Schone Kunsten Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, 2012

a film by

Lasse Lau


produced by

Kran Film Collective

Seen Films

line producer

Mostafa Youssef


production manager

Amr Abdo

sound design

Maurice Louca​

Max Schneider



Alessio Valori​


location assistants

Ahmed Hassan

Islam Mohamed


focus puller

Ahmed Zaytoun


steadicam operator

Youssef Baroud


key grip

Mohsen Tewfik


grip assistants

Amro Tewfik

Abdel Zaher Ibrahim

computer back up

Hossam Abdel Alim

steadicam machinist

Tamer Rabei

steadicam assistants




Ahmed Awaga

Derwish Abdel Razek


Lasse Lau

Max Schneider

color grading

Paulo Inês 


Ricardo Melo

thanks to

Flo Maak

Nadja Tomoum

Sarah Rifky

Rana Ibrahim

Yasmina ben Ari

Larry Cohen

Rie Hougaard 

Jürgen Bock


Radius of Art

supported by

Danish Arts Council

DCCD Danish Center for Culture and Development

filmed on location at the Egyptian Museum,

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt

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