Haroon Mirza: Are jee be?

Haroon Mirza: Are jee be?
Library Shelf Location 18.MIRZ
Publication Date 2014

IMMA continues its commitment in showcasing some of the most exciting international artists working today with the first museum exhibition in Ireland of renowned British artist Haroon Mirza.

The exhibition is accompanied by this publication supported by Lisson Gallery, London, which includes contributions by Christophe Cox (Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College, Massachusetts); Michael Eng (Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, John Carroll University, Ohio); Declan Long (Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, Dublin); Rachael Thomas (Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA); Séamus McCormack (Projects Co-ordinator: Exhibitions, IMMA); and an interview with Mirza and Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London). 

Are jee be? is a new body of work created in direct response to the environment and architecture of IMMA. Combining a variety of readymade and time based material to create audio compositions, which are often realised as site-specific installations, Mirza’s work complicates the distinctions between noise, sound and music.

Mirza’s exhibition features remnants of the recent Eileen Gray exhibition at IMMA. Occupying the same gallery spaces, the Gray exhibition acts as a ‘readymade’ from which Mirza remixs elements to create a new visual and sonic installation. The new site-specific work, System,has been carefully conceived in response to the very particular architecture of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The title of Mirza’s new work references the name of the Dublin based '90s nightclub venue System, which although only in existence for a few years framed a very specific moment in music, a genre of which heavily influences the artist’s work. 

The exhibition also features a sequence of Solar Powered LED Circuit Compositions directly from the artist’s studio and a new departure in Mirza’s practice. These panels are controlled and activated by the amount of light in the space, and will change according to the time of day. Mirza also presents, in a new way, the infamous Björk YouTube video in which she poetically explains how she believes a TV works whilst dismantling the device.


ISBN 9781909792050
Quantity 1
Pages 96
Authors Christophe Cox, Michael Eng, Declan Long, Rachael Thomas
Publisher Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Related Artist Haroon Mirza
Category Audio/Sound Art/Music
Keywords Site-specific works, Readymade, Appropriation
Language English

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