Events Archive

  • Focal Point Gallery participating in SOUNDWORKS at ICA, London
  • 19 June 2012,

In conjunction with the exhibition of Bruce Nauman’s Days, the ICA presents a series of sound commissions by over a hundred international artists. Selected by the ICA and institutions worldwide, the artists have been invited to submit a sound work taking its stimulus from the themes evoked in Nauman’s Days. SOUNDWORKS aims to take a broader look at the range of work being produced in audio arts today.

From acoustic environments to audio fiction, commentary, found sounds, field recordings, minimal composition, and experiments in music, the medium of sound is attractive to artists coming from a wide array of practices. SOUNDWORKS aims to show this diversity and embrace the ephemeral and peripatetic nature of sound through the creation of an online platform that doubles as a virtual exhibition space.

The online presentation of the project makes the sound works internationally accessible, providing a place to explore sound as a medium which is simultaneously inclusive, interactive, and subversive. The

exhibition includes a wide range of audible approaches by artists who have been working with the medium for many years, as well as artists taking their first venture into sonic arts. Parallel to the online presentation, the project will also be accessible in the ICA galleries.

More than one hundred artists are participating in the SOUNDWORKS project and about half were nominated by partnering UK based and international institutions and the other half were chosen by the ICA curatorial team. The selection criteria took into consideration whether the artists have worked in sound previously and attempted to identify artists whose overall practice lends itself to experiments in sound.

Focal Point Gallery asked writer and musician Dan Fox to take part in this project.

To listen to Dan's contribution please visit: