Lisson Gallery

Haroon Mirza

Haroon Mirza has won international acclaim for installations that test the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current. He devises kinetic sculptures, performances and immersive installations, such as The National Apavillion of Then and Now (2011) – an anechoic chamber with a circle of light that grows brighter in response to increasing drone, and completely dark when there is silence. An advocate of interference (in the sense of electro-acoustic or radio disruption), he creates situations that purposefully cross wires. He describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon, to make it dance to a different tune and calling on instruments as varied as household electronics, vinyl and turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks to behave differently. Processes are left exposed and sounds occupy space in an unruly way, testing codes of conduct and charging the atmosphere. Mirza asks us to reconsider the perceptual distinctions between noise, sound and music, and draws into question the categorisation of cultural forms. "All music is organised sound or organised noise," he says. "So as long as you’re organising acoustic material, it’s just the perception and the context that defines it as music or noise or sound or just a nuisance" (2013).

Haroon Mirza was born in 1977 in London where he lives and works. He has a BA in Painting from Winchester School of Art, an MA in Design Critical Practice and Theory from Goldsmiths College (2006) and an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design (2007). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Ikon, Birmingham, UK (2018); Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA (2018); Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark (2018); Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (2017); LiFE, Saint-Nazaire, France (2017); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2017);  Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK (2016); Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); Nam June Paik Center, Seoul, South Korea (2015); Matadero, Madrid, Spain (2015); Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland (2015); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2014); Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, Poissy, France (2014); IMMA, Dublin, Ireland (2014); Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, France (2014); The Hepworth, Wakefield, UK (2013); MIMA, Middlesbrough, UK (2013); The New Museum, New York, NY, USA (2012); Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland (2012); University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA (2012); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2011) and A-Foundation, Liverpool, UK (2009). His work was included in the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, China (2012) and the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy (2011), where he was awarded the Silver Lion. He was awarded the Northern Art Prize in 2011, the DAIWA Foundation Art Prize in 2012, the Zurich Art Prize in 2013, the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize in 2014, the Calder Art Prize in 2015 and the COLLIDE International Award in 2017 which has given place to a two-month residency at CERN, Switzerland in the course of 2018. In the spring this same year, Haroon Mirza unveiled 'Stone Circle', a large-scale outdoor sculpture commissioned by Ballroom Marfa, Texas, which will remain in the landscape for five years. 

Current and recent projects:

'Haroon Mirza: reality is somehow what we expect it to be', IKON, Birmingham, UK, 30 November 2018 - 24 February 2019'

'Stone Circle', Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX, USA, 29 April 2018 - 29 April 2022

Haroon Mirza
ããã, 2016
Mixed media including Emerging Paradigm (2015), 4 channels of video and 8 channels of electrical signal Dimensions variable Installation view at PIVÔ, São Paulo, Brasil. © Haroon Mirza; Courtesy of PIVÔ, São Paulo

Haroon Mirza
The Last Tape, 2010
Mixed media Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Untitled (DD-10), 2013
Mixed media 70 x 65 x 30 cm / 27 5/8 x 25 5/8 x 11 7/8 in.

Haroon Mirza
Cross section of a revolution, 2011
Mixed media (detail) Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Backfade_5 (Dancing Queen), 2011
Mixed media Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
An Infinato, 2009
Mixed media including footage from Memory Bucket, (2003) by Jeremy Deller and damaged off-cuts from Cycles #1 (1972 / 77) by Guy Sherwin Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
A Sleek Dry Yell, 2008
Mixed media, 3 minutes 30 seconds video looped Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Adhãn, 2008
Mixed media installation Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Preoccupied Waveforms , 2012
Monitor, cables, modified drawer, TV, copper tape, speakers, media player Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Adam, Eve, others and a UFO , 2013
Active speakers, UFO circuit, cables Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Duet , 2013
Mixed media 172 x 149 x 25 cm / 67 3/4 x 58 5/8 x 9 7/8 in.

Haroon Mirza
Cross section of a revolution , 2011
Mixed media (detail) Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Cross section of a revolution , 2011
Mixed media (detail) Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Duet for a Duo (Solar Symphony 7), 2015
Photovoltaic panels, LEDs, Arduinos, rock speakers, cable temporarily incorporating Untitled (c.1940) by Alexander Calder, fan; Untitled, Radio sculpture (c.1962); and Radio Stockholm, Radio sculpture (c.1966) by Jean Tinguely Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Taka Tak, 2008
Mixed media installation, 7 minutes 30 seconds video loop Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Acid, 2016
Morning glory (Ipomoea tricolour) seeds acid etched on copper PCB blank 30.5 x 20.3 cm / 12 x 7 7/8 in

Haroon Mirza
LED 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 / 55 3/8 x 55 3/8 x 1 in.

Haroon Mirza
Stone Circle, 2018
9 stones, LEDs, speakers, solar panels Dimensions variable Photographer Emma Rogers

Haroon Mirza
Stimulate Pineal Function, 2017
Modified Marshall amp, LEDs, 22" flat screen, bespoke media device 6 minutes 53 seconds

Haroon Mirza
A 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 / 63 5/8 x 55 1/8 in

Haroon Mirza
Open Source / Copyright (Rules of Appropriation 5), 2018
Magnet, levitation device, vinyl on modified designer inspired purse, microphone cable, photovoltaic panels, steel hairpin legs, mirror 207 x 201 x 63 cm / 81 1/2 x 79 1/8 x 24 3/4 in Installation view, 'Haroon Mirza: Reality is somehow what we expect it to be' at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham UK, 2018, courtesy the artist and Ikon Gallery. Photography Stuart Whipps

Haroon Mirza
A C I D G E S T, 2017
Modified Marshall cabs, LEDs, bespoke media device, XLR4 cables, score Installation view of 'Haroon Mirza: A C I D G E S T', Pérez Art Museum Miami, US July 21, 2017 – May 20, 2018. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami, photography Oriol Tarridas.

Haroon Mirza
06:04 (LED Circuit composition 16), 2016
PC ATX case panel, LEDs, microphone cable 40.5 x 44.5 cm / 16 x 17 4/8 in

Haroon Mirza
Transverse Waves for Wayne (Solar Symphony 10), 2016
Photovoltaic panel, van door, speakers, electronics, LEDs Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Untitled song featuring untitled works by James Clarkson, 2012
Mixed media and electronics Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Radio Shacked Up, 2012
Overhead projector, radio, LEDs, Arduino, lamp shade 36 x 33 x 24 cm / 14 1/8 x 13 x 9 1/2 in

Haroon Mirza
Tescotrain (Homage to Guy Sherwin), 2012
3 Televisions, 2 media players, Arduino, LED, relay Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Siren, 2012
Cymbal, motor, wood, table leg, UV light bulb, light fixture, fabric cable, radio 56 x 40 x 35 cm / 22 x 15 3/4 x 13 3/4 in

Haroon Mirza
A C I D G E S T, 2017
Modified Marshall cabs, LEDs, bespoke media device, XLR4 cables, score Installation view of 'Haroon Mirza: A C I D G E S T', Pérez Art Museum Miami, US July 21, 2017 – May 20, 2018. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami, photography Oriol Tarridas.

Haroon Mirza
Open Source / Copyright (Rules of Appropriation 5), 2018
Magnet, levitation device, vinyl on modified designer inspired purse, microphone cable, photovoltaic panels, steel hairpin legs, mirror 207 x 201 x 63 cm / 81 1/2 x 79 1/8 x 24 3/4 in Installation view, 'Haroon Mirza: Reality is somehow what we expect it to be' at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham UK, 2018, courtesy the artist and Ikon Gallery. Photography Stuart Whipps

Haroon Mirza
Stone Circle, 2018
9 stones, LEDs, speakers, solar panels Dimensions variable Photographer Emma Rogers

Haroon Mirza
ããã, 2016
Mixed media including Emerging Paradigm (2015), 4 channels of video and 8 channels of electrical signal Dimensions variable Installation view at PIVÔ, São Paulo, Brasil. © Haroon Mirza; Courtesy of PIVÔ, São Paulo

Haroon Mirza
ããã, 2016
Mixed media including Emerging Paradigm (2015), 4 channels of video and 8 channels of electrical signal Dimensions variable Installation view at PIVÔ, São Paulo, Brasil. © Haroon Mirza; Courtesy of PIVÔ, São Paulo

Haroon Mirza
Stone Circle, 2018
9 stones, LEDs, speakers, solar panels Dimensions variable Photographer Emma Rogers

Haroon Mirza
A Chamber for Horwitz; Sonakinatography Transcriptions in Surround Sound, 2015
Custom audio visual device, LEDs, speakers, foam Dimensions variable © Photography Bettina Matthiessen

Haroon Mirza
3rd Stone, 2015
Collaboration with Mattia Bosco. Nero Portoro stone, LED tape, amp, speaker, Arduino, microphone cable 90 x 60 x 60 cm / 35 3/8 x 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.

Haroon Mirza
A Chamber for Horwitz; Sonakinatography Transcriptions in Surround Sound, 2015
Custom audio visual device, LEDs, speakers, foam Dimensions variable © Photography Bettina Matthiessen

Haroon Mirza
Duet for a Duo (Solar Symphony 7), 2015
Photovoltaic panels, LEDs, Arduinos, rock speakers, cable temporarily incorporating Untitled (c.1940) by Alexander Calder, fan; Untitled, Radio sculpture (c.1962); and Radio Stockholm, Radio sculpture (c.1966) by Jean Tinguely Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Falling Rave, 2014
Wooden side table, circuitry control box, LED strips, mackie speaker, behringer speaker, radio Approx installed dimensions: 200 x 100 x 100 cm Approx installed dimensions: 78 3/4 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in

Haroon Mirza
ããã, 2016
Mixed media including Emerging Paradigm (2015), 4 channels of video and 8 channels of electrical signal Dimensions variable Installation view at Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. © Haroon Mirza; Courtesy Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Photography: SITE Photo / Scott Massey

Haroon Mirza
Light work iii, 2013
2m LED tape square, two sides green two sides red red and green wire framing half the square meeting at a single point Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Collaboration with Mattia Bosco Standing Stones (Solar Symphony 8), 2015
Two Nero Portoro stones, solar panels, LEDs, LED driver, Arduino, speakers Dimensions variable

Haroon Mirza
Solar Powered LED Circuit Composition 24, 2015
Solar Panel, cable, wire, glass shower panel, copper tape, LED tape, turntable shelf, Black ash woodgrain Fablon 167 x 164 x 2.6 cm / 65 3/4 x 64 1/2 x 1 in

Haroon Mirza
The Calling, 2013
Lamps, transistor radios, tables, PA system, projector, wooden screen 4 x 7 ft with LEDs, control box, speaker cone, wood, metal stand, light bulb, glass cabinet, cabling, remote controlled socket, electronics Dimensions variable Installation view from Le Grand Café, St Nazaire, France. © Haroon Mirza; Courtesy Le Grand Café.

Haroon Mirza
ããã - Fear of the Unknown remix, 2017
4 channel video, 8 channel electrical signal, Emerging Paradigm media player, carpet, Banisteriopsis caapi, Psychotria viridis, plant stand, LEDs Dimensions variable 18 minutes 45 seconds

Haroon Mirza
/\/\/\ /\/\/\, 2017
hrm199: Haroon Mirza & Francesca Fornasari, feat. Nik Void & Tim Burgess. Mixed media Dimensions variable Installation view of the exhibition /\/\/\ /\/\/\. Production LiFE – Ville de Saint‐Nazaire, off‐site programme by Le Grand Café – contemporary art centre, Saint‐Nazaire, France, 2017. Photographer Marc Domage.

Haroon Mirza
Torched, 2016
Electroetched, Amanita Muscaria on copper on PCB blank 49 x 38.7 cm / 19 1/4 x 15 1/4 in

Haroon Mirza
/\/\/\ /\/\/\, 2017
hrm199: Haroon Mirza & Francesca Fornasari, feat. Nik Void & Tim Burgess. Mixed media Dimensions variable Installation view of the exhibition /\/\/\ /\/\/\. Production LiFE – Ville de Saint‐Nazaire, off‐site programme by Le Grand Café – contemporary art centre, Saint‐Nazaire, France, 2017. Photographer Marc Domage.

Haroon Mirza
/\/\/\ /\/\/\, 2017
hrm199: Haroon Mirza & Francesca Fornasari, feat. Nik Void & Tim Burgess. Mixed media Dimensions variable Installation view of the exhibition /\/\/\ /\/\/\. Production LiFE – Ville de Saint‐Nazaire, off‐site programme by Le Grand Café – contemporary art centre, Saint‐Nazaire, France, 2017. Photographer Marc Domage.

Exhibitions

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    Haroon Mirza: ããã – Fear of the Unknown remix

    3 March – 8 April 2017

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    Haroon Mirza: /o/o/o/o/

    17 May – 29 June 2013

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    Haroon Mirza

    15 February – 19 March 2011

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