Tarek Atoui studied sound art and electroacoustic music. In 2006, he released his first solo album as part of the Mort Aux Vaches series for Staalplaat Records. In 2008, he served as Artistic Director of STEIM in Amsterdam, a centre for the research and development of new electronic musical instruments. Atoui has presented his work internationally at the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates (2009 and 2013), New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (2010), the Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2010), Haus der Kunst in Munich (2010), Performa 11 in New York (2011), Documenta 13 in Kassel (2012), Serpentine Gallery in London (2012), and the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014).