Schering Stiftung

Exhibition 

Photo: Julia Zimmermann © Schering Stiftung

Photo: Uwe Walter © Schering Stiftung

Photo: Julia Zimmermann © Schering Stiftung

Photo: Julia Zimmermann © Schering Stiftung

Photo: Uwe Walter © Schering Stiftung

Haroon Mirza

--{}{}{} {}--{}{}{}{}--{}

Haroon Mirza

--{}{}{} {}--{}{}{}{}--{}

Duration:

May 25 – July 21, 2012

Exhibition opening:

Thursday, 24. May 2012

Opening hours:

Thursday through Monday, 1–7 p.m.

Venue:

Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32-34
10117 Berlin

For further information please contact:

Friederike Petersen
Public Relations
Phone +49-30-20 62 29-67
Mobile +49-170-579 41 35
petersen@scheringstiftung.de


Haroon Mirza’s artworks revolve around the complex relationship between visuality and acoustics, unfolding in continuous loops as audio-visual, spatial compositions. In his acoustic assemblages, Mirza uses found, culturally coded objects which he separates from their original function, turning them into triggers for sounds that form precise, self-generating compositions. These soundscapes are experienced in a way that is directly connected to a visual encounter. For Mirza it is decisive ‘to understand visual and acoustic space as one sensorial mode of perception’ (Mirza, 2010).

In his exhibition ‘–{}{}{} {}–{}{}{}{}–{}’, curated by Franziska Solte, the project space on Unter den Linden is transformed into a found, occupied object in terms of architectural structure and institutional context.

On one level, Mirza alludes to the specific aspects of the project space, which was constructed to fit the requirements of contemporary art exhibitions. As such, it adheres to the paradigms of a typical exhibition space of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, in other words a so-called ‘white cube’. In the course of exhibition history, the white cube has generated its own architectural characteristics intended to be as inconspicuous as possible. Among these are shadow gaps – the gaps between the floor and the wall where cables can be laid without being seen. These gaps, which are usually visually unobtrusive, are occupied by Mirza in a subtle intervention: Our attention is drawn to this architectural detail through LED strip lights, which also trigger acoustic signals forming the basic structure of a sound composition.

On another level, a second soundtrack is generated by a monitor showing a woman in close-up, reading a text in the rhythmic light of a strobe. The text is the English Wikipedia entry from 26 April 2012 about the history of the Bayer company. Mirza thus refers to the most used public source of information whose own definitiveness is constantly questioned through potential editing by Internet users. Mirza uses the article as found material, dislocating its context and turning it into a subtext of the composition on the level of sound.

In its ambiguity, Acid Reign as the title of the installation triggers associations to musical styles within techno and house as well as to chemical substances and states of intoxication. Through this installation, the project space of the Schering Stiftung is not only translated into a sound composition, it is also occupied by it. By the same token, ‘–{}{}{} {}–{}{}{}{}–{}’ not only refers to sound and light; it is also a typographical representation of ‘occupied scheringstiftung’ (Haroon Mirza, Acid Reign, 2012, LED tape, LED driver, speakers, Aspirin, cables, digital video on CRT monitor, copper tape).

Curated by Franziska Solte

Haroon Mirza, born in 1977, lives and works in Sheffield and London. In 2010 he was awarded the Northern Art Prize. In 2011 he received the Silver Lion for a promising young artist at the Venice Biennale.

On the occasion of the exhibitions //// // (St. Gallen), |||| || (Michigan) and –{}{}{} {}–{}{}{}{}–{} (Berlin) and supported by Lisson Gallery, the publication „Haroon Mirza – –{}{}{}“, edited by Heike Catherina Mertens and Franziska Solte, will appear in the Schering Stiftung’s publication series with argobooks in August 2012, with contributions by Diedrich Diederichsen, Heike Catherina Mertens and Franziska Solte.

Read more

Gallery

Haroon Mirza

Exhibit Opening "Haroon Mirza: --{}{}{} {}--{}{}{}{}--{}" on May 24, 2012

Visit the media library

Newsletter 

Contact & social networks

Schering Stiftung

Unter den Linden 32-34
10117 Berlin

Telefon: +49 - 30 - 20 62 29 65
Email: info@scheringstiftung.de

Opening hours
Project space

Thursday to Monday: 1 pm - 7 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
free entrance

Follow us!

Follow us on our social media channels to find out the latest developments!

facebook Youtube Instagram