LABOUR is the Berlin-based sonic entity led by Farahnaz Hatam and Colin Hacklander.  Their practice explores perception and social situations through digital sound synthesis, algorithmic composition, percussion, psychoacoustics, and sound for architectural spaces while fostering a heightened sensory awareness for the listener by promoting active listening, and recognising that acoustic space approaches one externally, yet remains primarily an internal space.

The name LABOUR is inspired in part by an early definition of Marx that gives ontological significance to the realm of work, as articulated by the philosopher Christopher J. Arthurs, defining labour as “the ontologically fundamental productive activity in and through which one becomes what one is.”

LABOUR’s efforts are focused in two distinct realms:  fine arts and concerts, with an interest in expanded formats.  Their long-term collaborators include the artists Evelyn Bencicova, Enes Güç, Zeynep Schilling and Isabel Lewis.


+ sonic activation, villa aurora
+ Talisman by GmbH, fashion show video work, Paris Fashion Week
+ Eventide by LABOUR and Fa’ Pawaka, Julia Stoschek Foundation Berlin
+ etu keur gui with Familie Doudou Ndiaye Rose, opening ceremony of the Dakar Biennial at the Grand National Theater
+ sungazing at Kraftwerk Berlin for X100, a celebration of Iannis Xenakis
+ sungazing (رضایت) at HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin
+ Black Bawl with Richard Kennedy, 5e étage - Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève
+concert at Roskilde, Denmark
+ concert at Berghain, Klubnacht Achtzehn Jahre Berghain
+ Anti-Atlantis by sensus communis VR work at Halle am Berghain
+ concert at Silent Green, VATMH Nacht


+ Villa Aurora Los Angeles, artist residency
+ Tanzhaus Düsseldorf & Hebbel am Ufer, caner teker
+ Donaueschingen Musiktage
+ online, GmbH summer 2022 fashion show
+ Para Site Hong Kong, Æther
+ Tanzhaus Zürich, Scalable Skeletal Escalator
+ Reference Festival Berlin & Paris Fashion Week (online), GmbH autumn 2021


+Trippen concept store, HYDRA release
+Dakar, Transcriptions
+Kampnagel, no apocalypse not now
+vinyl release, More Light compilation
+Kunsthalle Zürich, Scalable Skeletal Escalator
+vinyl release, nine-sum sorcery


+Kalba Ice Factory, Sharjah Biennial, UAE
+STRP Festival, Eindhoven
+Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
+MAC2, Dark Mofo, Tasmania
+Berlin Atonal, Berlin
+Steirischer Herbst, Graz
+School for Temporary Liveness, Philadelphia
+HAU 1, Berlin
+Musica Sanae, Berlin


+Messeplatz, Art Basel, Basel
+Berlin Atonal, Berlin
+HAU 2, Berlin
+Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

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