On Tuesday 20 March 2012 artist Haroon Mirza streamcasted a performance featuring a machine he created during his residency at the Clocktower Gallery as part of The Island Studio Sessions. As in other projects, Mirza has assembled an eclectic inventory of objects including found furniture, kinetic circuits, electrical gadgets, and optical components. Listeners hear a live performance for the rhythmically driven abstract sounds created by this sculptural configuration.
Mirza is a 2012 resident in one of the studio spaces at the Clocktower Gallery for two months creating a process-based work and series of events and broadcasts on the gallery's radio station, ARTonAIR.org. The residency is part of The Island Studio Sessions, an artist production project made possible by a collaboration between The Island (Andrew Bonacina and Victoria Brooks, curators, www.theislandarts.org) and the Clocktower Gallery (Alanna Heiss, curator).
Haroon Mirza (b. 1977, London) lives and works in London & Sheffield. Recent solo exhibitions include Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2012); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK; Lisson Gallery, London (both 2011). Recent group exhibitions include ILLUMInations, 54 Venice Biennale, Venice (2011); The British Art Show 7 (2010); The Sheffield Pavillion, 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009) and New Contemporaries, The A Foundation, Liverpool, London (2008). Mirza won the Silver Lion at 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and the 2010 Northern Art Prize.
A playlist selected by Haroon Mirza provided exclusively to ARTonAIR.org can be heard here.
The Island Studio Sessions is supported by The British Council. With additional thanks to Stephen Kirk, Rachael Lawe and Harvey Somerfield.