The Island Studio Sessions: Haroon Mirza
The first Clocktower Gallery/Island Studio Sessions project is with British artist Haroon Mirza. Mirza’s sculptures and installations are assembled from an eclectic inventory of objects, from found bits of furniture, electrical appliances and outmoded musical equipment. Networked into kinetic circuits, the abstract sounds created by his sculptural configurations coalesce into rhythmically driven compositions. An insistent compositional order underpins each of Mirza’s ensembles, an order which explores moments when social or cultural experience becomes aligned (or misaligned) with music and historical aural traditions.
From February – March 2012 The Island presented Mirza as the latest in a series of co-produced residencies, exhibitions and broadcasts at the Clocktower Gallery and online. This ongoing project brings together artists who in various ways negotiate the space of transition between aural and visual modes of production and dissemination, investigating how music and noise function as a forms of cultural disruption, charged with the potential to collapse genre boundaries and subvert social and cultural institutions.