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Lisson Gallery

Private Gallery
Lisson Gallery In Conversation: Haroon Mirza
  Lisson Gallery is proud to present a programme of occasional free lunchtime talks, offering a unique opportunity to hear Lisson Gallery artists, other cultural figures and gallery staff discuss art and related topics.

Each talk gives the opportunity to discover first-hand the thoughts, processes and insights behind the artists' work. Each lecture is free but booking is essential as there are a limited number of places available.

The eighth in the series will be a conversation between Haroon Mirza, David Toop and Greg Hilty, Lisson's Curatorial Director about works in Haroon Mirza's first solo show at Lisson Gallery.

In his work Haroon Mirza attempts to isolate the perceptual distinctions between noise, sound and music and explores the possibility of the visual and acoustic as one singular aesthetic form. These ideas are examined through the production of assemblages and sculptural installations made from furniture, household electronics, found or constructed video footage and existing artworks combined to generate audio compositions. The subject matter of his work pivots around socio-cultural systems such as religious faith or club culture and their relationship to music.

An additional subtext to his practice is an interest in the spillage of sound from artworks within group exhibitions. This interest is explored both through a curatorial concern and within his own works. Mirza includes existing works by other artists in his installations in the same way he works with other (ready-made) material; by appropriating something existing, and positioning it within a specific context, Mirza alters its function. This is typically to play a part in forming a larger (musical) composition.

Haroon Mirza has recently won the 2010 Northern Art Prize and is participating in the British Art Show 7.

Haroon Mirza 'In Conversation' with David Toop and Greg Hilty

Friday 18th March
12.30 - 13.30
52-54 Bell Street, London NW1 5DA

Free admission. Booking is essential.

David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator who has worked in many fields of sound art and music, including improvisation, sound installations, field recordings, pop music production, music for television, theatre and dance. He has published five books, including Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather, and Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener. He has released eight solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Black Chamber and Sound Body, As a critic he has written for many publications, including The Wire, The Face, Leonardo Music Journal and Bookforum. Exhibitions he has curated include Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, London, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat-Time House, London. Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London, he is a Senior Research Fellow at London College of Communication.
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