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DRAF Studio – A performance by Haroon Mirza (22 Jun 2017, 7.30pm)

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Free, all welcome

7.30pm Doors
8-9pm DJ set by Francesca Gavin
9-9.40pm Haroon Mirza, Emerging Paradigm
9.40-11pm DJ set by Dave Maclean (Django Django)

On this occasion, the exhibitions Curators’ Series #10. Greater than the Sum and (Enter – Greek chorus into the echo chamber) will be open until 8pm.

Artist Haroon Mirza presents a live performance for DRAF Studio. Mirza and his studio hrm199 have been based on site at DRAF over the last year, sharing space and conversation. The event is part of DRAF’s Spring 2017 season looking at the intersections between music, sound and art; which includes performances by artist duo Emptyset (Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg) and Swedish musician Jay-Jay Johanson.

Emerging Paradigm is a device designed and developed by hrm199. The device is a multi-media player that allows users to synchronise up to four videos and 24 channels of electrical signal.  The electrical signal can be used to generate light and sound simultaneously using binary processes and/or interface other electronic equipment.

This first piece made for the multi-media device, also titled Emerging Paradigm, 2015, presents a combination of iPhone and youtube footage collated over a three-year period.  The content is a combination of mundane everyday observations, scientific and pseudo-scientific educational videos and documentation of works by artists and musicians.  The material reflects Mirza’s ongoing interests in shamanism, psychedelics, quantum theories, astro-physics, fundamentalism and epistemology. It also features footage from artist Nik Void of Factory Floor.   The videos interact with eight channels of live electricity, which can be heard through an array of speakers and seen through strips of LEDs.  The work conjures a sense of intense media overload and multi-sensory and synesthetic stimuli.

The name Emerging Paradigm refers to a theoretical understanding of the current conditions that shadow artistic practice.  Based on Nathalie Heinich’s idea of the modern and contemporary paradigms, which was later elaborated by Mario Perniola to provide lenses through which to understand art, the emerging paradigm extends that vocabulary to denote a culture of commodifying that which is not yet fully formed.

DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle.

Haroon Mirza (b. 1977, UK) lives and works in London. He has won international acclaim for installations that test the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current. He combines a variety of readymade and time based material to create audio compositions, which are often realised as performances, site-specific installations and kinetic sculptures. An advocate of interference (in the sense of electro-acoustic or radio disruption), he creates situations that purposefully cross wires. He describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon and calling on instruments as varied as household electronics, vinyl and turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks to behave differently.

Mirza has a BA in Painting from Winchester School of Art, an MA in Design Critical Practice and Theory from Goldsmiths College (2006) and an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design (2007). Solo exhibitions include Entheogens, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2017), ããã, Pivô, São Paulo (2016), Circuits & Sequences, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Emerging Paradigm, Matadero Madrid, Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd., Museum Tinguely, Basel (2015), The Light Hours, Villa Savoye, Poissy, Are Jee Be? , Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014), The Hepworth, Wakefield (2013) and The New Museum, New York (2012). His work was included in the Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (2016), The 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, China (2012) and the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011), where he was awarded the Silver Lion. Among other awards he has won CERN’s Collide International Award in 2017, Calder Prize in 2015, Nam June Paik Art Center Prize and Zurich Art Prize in 2014, the DAIWA Foundation Art Prize in 2012 and Northern Art Prize in 2011. He is represented by Lisson Gallery, London.

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  • Haroon Mirza, ããã, 2016. Dimensions variable. Installation view at PIVÔ, São Paulo, Brazil, 2016. Courtesy hrm199 Ltd. Photograph: PIVÔ, São Paulo.
    1/5Haroon Mirza, ããã, 2016. Dimensions variable. Installation view at PIVÔ, São Paulo, Brazil, 2016. Courtesy hrm199 Ltd. Photograph: PIVÔ, São Paulo.
  • Haroon Mirza, Emerging Paradigm, 2015. Installation view at Matadero Madrid. Courtesy hrm199 Ltd. Photograph: Paco Gómez / Matadero Madrid.
    2/5Haroon Mirza, Emerging Paradigm, 2015. Installation view at Matadero Madrid. Courtesy hrm199 Ltd. Photograph: Paco Gómez / Matadero Madrid.
  • Haroon Mirza, Emerging Paradigm, 2015. Installation view at Matadero Madrid. Courtesy hrm199 Ltd. Photograph: Paco Gómez / Matadero Madrid.
    3/5Haroon Mirza, Emerging Paradigm, 2015. Installation view at Matadero Madrid. Courtesy hrm199 Ltd. Photograph: Paco Gómez / Matadero Madrid.
  • Haroon Mirza performing at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Josh Redman
    4/5Haroon Mirza performing at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Haroon Mirza. Photo: by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Pace London and The Calder Foundation
    5/5Haroon Mirza. Photo: by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Pace London and The Calder Foundation