The Infinite Hip-Hop Song (Hassan Khan)

2020.10.28

The Infinite Hip-Hop Song, Installation, 2019 © Joanna Arnold 

The Infinite Hip-Hop Song is an algorithmic hip-hop generator that produces a never-ending hip-hop song using pre-produced lyrics, vocals, beats, basslines and melodies. It is a logic, a series of randomized paths, a virtual machine driven by human production, a structure that yearns to be free and controlled at the same time. This is not just an algorithmic reading or imitation of known songs, nor is it merely a distortion of the generic. It is a structure that yearns to construct meanings, compose systems yet let them live freely. 

With thanks to RC Culture and Arts Foundation

Hassan Khan (Egypt)

Hassan Khan is an artist, musician and writer who is known for his broad and diverse artistic practice that includes music, performance, moving and still image, sculpture, installation and text. Khan’s work engages with both familiar, shared conditions as well as elusive and undisclosed to produce forms that excite the imagination, raise fundamental questions, channel simmering undercurrents, seduce and alienate, engage with expectations, pose mysteries as well as help re-articulate our experiences with the shifting structures of power. 

In 2017, his work was exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale at the Giardino delle Vergini (Arsenal) and was awarded the Silver Lion for a promising young artist in the International Exhibition Viva Arte Viva. A new version of Composition for a Public Park, the celebrated installation at the 57th Venice Biennale, has been inaugurated at the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, in October 2019. 

Hassan Khan’s notable solo exhibitions include The Keys to the Kingdom, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2019-2020); Host, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (2019-2020); The Portrait is an Address, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2016). He also participated in dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), Sharjah Biennale (2015), New Museum Triennale (2012), Manifesta 8 (2010), the 3rd Yokohama Triennale (2008) and Gwangju Biennale (2008) amongst many other international group shows. 

As a musician and performer, he regularly performs his music live, for example at the Ruhrtriennale, Essen (2018), the Intonal Festival Malmö (2017), and the Guggenheim Museum New York (2016). His most recent publication An Anthology of Published and Unpublished Writings is co-published by Staedelschule and Koenig Books and his latest album SUPERSTRUCTURE EP was released in 2019 by The Vinyl Factory.