Listening, 2014-16
Hayward Touring Curatorial Open

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Laurie Anderson, The Handphone Table, 1978
Listening, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, 2015
Photo: Julian Lister
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Christian Marclay, Sound Holes, 2007
Listening, Firstsite, Colchester, 2015
Photo: Andy Keate
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Laure Prouvost, Magic Electronics, 2014
Listening, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2015
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Amalia Pica, Eavesdropping, 2014
Listening, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2015
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Hannah Rickards, Thunder, 2005
Listening, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2015
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Max Neuhaus, LISTEN, 1966
Listening, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2015
Photos: Julian Lister
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Mikhail Karikis, SeaWomen, 2012
Listening, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2014
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Imogen Stidworthy, Sacha, 2011–12
Listening, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2014
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Prem Sahib, Taking Turns, 2013
Listening, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2014
Photos: Colin Davison
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Ragner Kjartansson, Song, 2011, video still
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Ed Atkins, Elective Mute 7 and Elective Mute 8, 2014
Listening, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2014
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Haroon Mirza, A Million cm3 of Quiet Space ii, 2003/14
Listening, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2014
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Haroon Mirza, Siren, 2012
Listening, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2014
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Katie Paterson, Dying Star Doorbell, 2008, 2012
Listening, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2014
Photos: Colin Davison

Listening was the third Hayward Touring Curatorial Open, was a pioneering exhibition investigating the act of listening in contemporary visual art. The exhibition examined the crossover between the visual and the sonic, with many of the artists working in both the fields of contemporary music and art.

Highlights in the exhibition included Hannah Rickards’ Thunder, a clap of thunder that has been stretched in duration and aurally dissected, recreated by musicians and morphed back into a thunderclap; an anechoic chamber by Haroon Mirza that silences the outside world; a dynamic sound installation by Laure Prouvost choreographing a dialogue between lights and objects in a museum; and Prem Sahib’s throbbing inaccessible disco.  Ed Atkins made new drawings in response to Listening; Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller allowed us to eavesdrop on a drama in cabin in a forest; and Katie Paterson presented the almost inaudible sound of a dying star.

The act of listening touches and folds into the other senses and can therefore work in tandem with, as well as contradict them.  The exhibition included a variety of media from drawings and sculpture to prints and video.  Works ranged dramatically in duration from less than a second to six hours, and were orchestrated so that visitors were guided through the exhibition and works were allowed to ‘speak’ in turn.

Featured artists:

Ed Atkins, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Mikhail Karikis, Ragnar Kjartansson, Lina Lapelyte, Christian Marclay, Haroon Mirza, Max Neuhaus, Katie Paterson, Amalia Pica, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Rickards, Prem Sahib, Anri Sala, Imogen Stidworthy and Carey Young.

The exhibition toured to the following venues:

BALTIC’s Project Space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
26 September 2014 – 11 January 2015

The Bluecoat, Liverpool
24 January – 29 March 2015

Site Gallery and Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery
Sheffield 11 April – 31 May 2015

Art Exchange and Firstsite, Colchester
12 December 2015 – 14 February 2016

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