Haroon Mirza has won international acclaim for installations that test the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current. He devises lively sculptures, performances and immersive installations. Haroon is an advocate of interference in the sense of electro-acoustic or radio disruption and creates situations that purposefully cross wires.
He describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon, to make it dance to a different tune and calling on instruments as varied as household electronics, vinyl and turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks to behave differently. Processes are left exposed and sounds occupy space in an unruly way, testing codes of conduct and charging the atmosphere.
Haroon asks us to reconsider the perceptual distinctions between noise, sound and music, and draws into question the categorisation of cultural forms. "All music is organised sound or organised noise", he says. "So as long as you’re organising acoustic material, it’s just the perception and the context that defines it as music or noise or sound or just a nuisance".