Haroon Mirza

Haroon Mirza, /\/\/\/\/\/\, 2017. Installation view at Farol Santander, o Paulo. Originally produced for LiFE-Ville de Saint-Nazaire, 2017. Photo: Carol Quintanilha

Haroon Mirza, Digital Switchover, 2012. Installation view at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen. PhotoGunnar Meier

Haroon Mirza, /\/\/\/\/\/\, 2017. Installation view at Nikolaj Kunsthal, 2018. Originally produced for LiFE-Ville de Saint-Nazaire, 2017. Courtesy of hrm199 and Nikolaj Kunsthal. Photo: Per Wessel

Haroon Mirza, ããã, 2016. Installation view at Pivô, São Paulo. Courtesy Pivô and hrm199. Photo: Everton Ballardin

Haroon Mirza, /\/\/\/\/\/\, 2017. Installation view at Farol Santander, o Paulo. Originally produced for LiFE-Ville de Saint-Nazaire, 2017. Photo: Carol Quintanilha

Haroon Mirza (b. 1977, London, UK) lives and works in London, UK. Mirza’s work tests the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current. He devises sculptures, performances and immersive installations that pry on one’s awareness of their own experience. An advocate of interference, he creates situations that purposefully cross wires. He describes his role as a composer, manipulating his primary medium, electricity, a live, invisible and volatile natural phenomenon. Mirza asks us to reconsider the perceptual distinctions between noise, sound and music, and draws into question the categorisation of cultural forms. Recent exhibitions include Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Australia (2019); John Hansard Gallery, UK (2019); Sifang Art Museum, China (2019); and Ikon, UK (2018).

Project Description

Haroon Mirza’s presentation for Liverpool Biennial 2021 comprises two elements: a three-part video work, Pathology in Three Parts (2021) and a new choral performance The Three /\/\/\/’s (2021).

The Three /\/\/\/’s (2021) explores social gatherings and ritual and is informed by the Fibonacci sequence and golden ratio – a mathematical phenomenon visible throughout nature and often applied in classical art. This ongoing performance featuring Liverpool based singers will not invite an audience while restrictions apply, and will instead be documented, with the resulting footage forming the central element of the new three-part video work. In collaboration with Mirza, Jennifer John has led the ensemble of composers and performers, made up of Anne Taft, Emma Bispham, Jennifer John, Steve Boyland and Tayo Aluko in order to evolve the vocal interpretations of the ritual.

Pathology in Three Parts (2021) follows Mirza’s “modular opera” structure, and features two scenes or “acts” from a previous iteration, Construction of an Act (2019), either side of this new performative element. As new acts join the repertoire, the narrative, based around a shaman who uses her voice to heal, unfolds exploring ideas of sound, medicine and mystical experience. Both works ask us to consider the sociological and physiological properties of the human voice, and explores Mirza's interest in systems of belief, waveforms and patterns of movement.

Pathology in Three Parts (2021), will feature on Mirza’s forthcoming album released in digital format on the TAKUROKU label as part of a collaboration with Café OTO on 21 May 2021.

Featuring material commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art for the Melbourne International Festival (2019).

Pathology in Three Parts (2021) vocal performance by Sarah-Jane Lewis. The Three /\/\/\/’s (2021) features performances by Anne Taft, Emma Bispham, Jennifer John, Steve Boyland and Tayo Aluko.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, with support from Open Culture.

Premiering as part of LightNight 2021: Play 

Discover here: www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk