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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Haroon Mirza

b. 1977, United Kingdom

British artist Haroon Mirza works with video, objects, light and sound to form large-scale installations, kinetic sculptures and performances. His work explores tensions between sound waves, light waves and electrical currents, often blurring the line between noise and music. In what he refers to as 'self-governing systems', Mirza combines rewired electronics such as turntables, speakers, radios and household items including lamps and chests of drawers to create three-dimensional collages that are in many ways reminiscent of Dadaist principles. Take for example his mixed-media sound installation, Cross section of a revolution (2011): footage of African drummers at a Muslim wedding ceremony plays on loop on three screens while a student participating in a speech competition in Lahore is seen on another. The work acts as a remixing of two distinct Islamic populations. A light hangs from a constructed metal frame, illuminating a turntable that spins clockwise.

In 2007, Mirza received his MA in fine art from Chelsea College of Arts, London. He also holds an MA in design critical practice from Goldsmiths, University of London (2006) and a BA (Hons) in fine art painting from Winchester School of Art (2002). In 2011, Mirza exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale and received the Biennale's Silver Lion award for most promising young artist. Mirza has since been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize in 2012, the Zurich Art Prize and the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize in 2014 and the Calder Prize in 2015. He has been the subject of several institutional exhibitions throughout the globe, including Preoccupied Waveforms (2012) at the New Museum in New York.

Mirza's primary interest is consciousness—in particular, as stated in an interview with Ocula Magazine in February 2017, 'how consciousness relates to scientific endeavours: what we know about the physical world and universe and how that doesn't make sense in terms of metaphysics and consciousness, because we don't understand consciousness in scientific terms.' Mirza uses science to combine metaphysical and physical things—to create logic out of chaos. In a studio visit with Tate in March 2013, regarding how he forms new work Mirza said, 'Sometimes it might start with an object, sometimes it might start with a sound or a way of making a sound, sometimes it might start with an idea [or] a point of interest in something sociological or cultural.' Mirza is fascinated by how the internet is changing audiences' behavioural patterns and ways of understanding, as well as in the growing interest and need for acoustic space even more than visual culture. Sonic effects, processes of exploiting sound and vision, nuances between hearing and listening, and materialising the sound of light all play into his installations. Mirza considers the visual and the acoustic to be of equal significance to what he does as an artist.

Jessica Douglas | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

A Monument to Celestial Objects by Haroon Mirza contemporary artwork Haroon MirzaA Monument to Celestial Objects, 2018 Addressable LED’s, copper tape, wire, Arduino, screen print, velccromat, copper rings found at CERN, canvas, XLR lead, aluminium profile
161.6 x 140 cm
Lisson Gallery
LED Circuit Composition 18 (Self Transforming Machine v2) by Haroon Mirza contemporary artwork Haroon MirzaLED Circuit Composition 18 (Self Transforming Machine v2), 2016/2018 Addressable LED’s, wire, copper tape, aluminium, microcontroller and microphone cable on anodised aluminium
140.8 x 140.8 x 2.5 cm
Lisson Gallery
LED Circuit Composition 24 (GMT) by Haroon Mirza contemporary artwork Haroon MirzaLED Circuit Composition 24 (GMT), 2016 Turntable cover, addressable LEDs, Arduino, wire
45.5 x 35.5 x 1.5 cm
Lisson Gallery
Torched by Haroon Mirza contemporary artwork Haroon MirzaTorched, 2016 (Peruvian torch San Pedro) electroetching on copper PCB blank
30.5 x 20.3 cm
Lisson Gallery
LED Circuit Composition 8 by Haroon Mirza contemporary artwork Haroon MirzaLED Circuit Composition 8, 2014 Acrylic from LCD monitor, LED, copper tape, electrical wire, polarising film, microphone cable
35 x 38 x 9 cm
Duddell's

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Haroon Mirza, Daiwa Foundation Art Prize Winner at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
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18 January–23 February 2013 Haroon Mirza Daiwa Foundation Art Prize Winner SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo

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Haroon Mirza Ocula Conversation Haroon Mirza Artist, London

Haroon Mirza experiments with light, sound, electricity and other natural elements to create otherworldly compositions that manifest as kinetic sculptures encompassing installations, and mutable performances. Though Mirza earned his BFA in painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (exch and BA in fine art painting at the...

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Gregor Muir, Princess Alia Al-Senussi and Abdullah AlTurki Ocula Conversation Gregor Muir, Princess Alia Al-Senussi and Abdullah AlTurki Co-curators, 'Duddell's presents: ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese

Duddell’s, the restaurant and bar which has also become one of Hong Kong’s most important art spaces, recently collaborated with London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) to present the exhibition, Duddell’s Presents: ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese. The exhibition, which opened earlier this year to coincide with Art Basel...

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In Related Press

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Haroon Mirza wins 2015 Calder Prize Related Press Haroon Mirza wins 2015 Calder Prize ArtAsiaPacific : 20 November 2015

On October 20, the Calder Foundation in New York announced its selection of 38-year-old British artist Haroon Mirza as the 2015 Calder Prize Laureate. The award grants Mirza a cash prize of USD 50,000, in addition to a residency at the Atelier Calder and the placement of his artwork in a major public institutional collection.

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Superstar Curators Flock to Bangladesh in 2016 for Dhaka Summit Related Press Superstar Curators Flock to Bangladesh in 2016 for Dhaka Summit Observer : 8 October 2015

A slew of superstar curators, including ones from the Tate Modern, the Pompidou and the Rubin, are now on board for the upcoming Dhaka Art Summit. The huge biennial of South Asian art, now in its third iteration, will be held in the capital of Bangladesh February 5 through 8, 2016.The show will include commissioned solo works by Lynda Benglis,...

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Art Basel Roundup Related Press Art Basel Roundup Art Agenda : 22 June 2015

Gold (2004), performed by Alexandra Bachzetsis at the Natural History Museum on the opening night of Parcours, said it all: she entered the room wearing stilettos and a tiny, shiny golden bikini, her body covered in oil like a wrestler. She turned a camera on and started dancing in front of it, building an intense routine of iconic, sexy moves...

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