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- Sat, 24 Jan 2015 - Sun, 29 Mar 2015
- 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
- Tickets: Free
A Hayward Touring exhibition
Exhibiting artists: Laurie Anderson, Ed Atkins, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Mikhail Karikis, Ragnar Kjartansson, Lina Lapelyte, Christian Marclay, Haroon Mirza, Max Neuhaus, Katie Paterson, Amalia Pica, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Rickards, Prem Sahib, Anri Sala, Imogen Stidworthy, Carey Young
Listening is the latest Hayward Touring Curatorial Open exhibition. It investigates the act of listening in contemporary visual art.
The exhibition examines the crossover between the visual and the sonic, with many of the selected artists working in the fields of both contemporary music and art. Curator of Listening Sam Belinfante wanted to ‘create an exhibition that interrogates the act of listening itself, rather than merely its aural objects. Listening engages the body in a multitude of ways; from the intimate pressing of an ear to a wall to the staggering din of a thunderclap that knocks you off your feet. Listening is not only the exhibition’s subject matter but also the method by which works are encountered and explored. I want visitors to be playfully arrested and surprised by the ways in which they are directed around the space and through the many different works on display.’
Listening features a variety of media, from drawings and sculpture to prints and video. Highlights include Prem Sahib’s throbbing, inaccessible disco and Hannah Rickards’ Thunder, a clap of thunder that has been stretched in duration and aurally dissected, recreated by musicians and morphed back into a thunderclap. Haroon Mirza’s insulated chamber silences the outside world, while Katie Paterson presents the almost inaudible sound of a dying star. A new work by Laure Prouvost choreographs a dialogue between lights and objects in the museum. Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller allow us to eavesdrop on a cabin in a forest, and Ed Atkins presents new drawings made especially for the exhibition.
Listening is organised by Hayward Touring in collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Site Gallery and Sheffield Institute of Arts; and Norwich University of the Arts.