Sam Belinfante at Fingal’s Cave, Scotland, 2013


Artist Sam Belinfante curates a pioneering exhibition that will investigate the act of listening in contemporary visual art. Listening is the latest Hayward Touring Curatorial Openexhibition, opening at BALTIC’s project space BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne.  This international group exhibition includes new and existing work by leading contemporary artists including Ed Atkins, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Christian Marclay, Haroon Mirza, Amalia Pica, Laure Prouvost and Anri Sala.

This exhibition examines the crossover between the visual and the sonic with many of the artists selected working in both the fields of contemporary music and art.  Highlights in this exhibition include 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 new work by Laure Prouvost that choreographs a dialogue between lights and objects in the museum as well as Prem Sahib’s throbbing inaccessible disco.  Ed Atkins will make new drawings in response to Listening, Cardiff and Miller will allow us to eavesdrop on a cabin in a forest and Katie Paterson presents the almost inaudible sound of a dying star.

Listening touches and folds into the other senses and can therefore work in tandem with, as well as contradict them.  The exhibition will therefore include a variety of media from drawings and sculpture to prints and video.  Works in the exhibition range dramatically in duration from less than a second to six hours. The exhibition is ambitious in its curatorial approach, orchestrating the works so that visitors are guided through the exhibition and works are allowed to ‘speak’ in turn.

Artists in the exhibition include:

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.

Listening is a collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Site Gallery and Sheffield Institute of Arts; and Norwich University of the Arts.

The exhibition will tour to:

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

the Bluecoat, Liverpool Spring  24 January – 29 March 2015

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

Norwich University of the Arts Gallery 19 July – 17 October 2015

The first Hayward Touring Curatorial Open exhibition, Quiet Revolution opened in 2009 and was curated by Chris Fite-Wassilak. The second series was Ground Level curated by Kit Hammonds in 2010.