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Audio Arts at Tate: Retrospective solo exhibition

Furlong, William (2007) Audio Arts at Tate: Retrospective solo exhibition. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Furlong, William

As the most extensive display of Audio Arts to date covering the period from 1973 to 2006, the exhibition explores the relationships between an artist’s practice, the changing concept of an archive, and includes the documents, tapes, images equipment and other related material of this ongoing research project. The underlying intention of the project is to foreground the artist’s account of his or her thinking, ideas and intentions in relation to practice.

Furlong has always considered Audio Arts to be an integral and symbiotic part of his practice which he describes as ‘a recorded space for contemporary art’. The long term aim of the project is to explore if an archive of sound can act as a primary form of contemporary art history delivered directly from the artist without the ‘distancing filters’ of a ‘third hand’ printed version of events.

Held in Room 38 as part of the Tate’s ‘re-hang’ in March 2007, 5 flat top vitrines containing elements of the archive along with 3 plinths and wall displays were included, as well as 4 x 80 minute CD’s containing up to 320 minutes of Audio Arts recordings drawn from 4 decades of activity. Visitors were able to make selections for listening on headphones positioned on 4 benches in the Gallery. The complete collection of Audio Arts cassettes and CD boxes were displayed.

This process of foregrounding the artist's account of their thinking via an interview process is used by Furlong in the publication ‘Making Art Work’ by Patsy Craig, ISBN 1904563066 (Trolley Ltd, 2003) focusing on artists from the Mike Smith Studio, London.

Other Contributors:
CuratorGlew, Adrian
Official Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/audioarts
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Current Research includes preparation of a new book for Phaidon Press provisionally titled 'Talking Art'. This will feature Audio Arts interviews and recordings between 1993 and 2007. He continues work on the Audio Arts archive at the Tate and is centrally engaged on making the archive accessible and 'active.' To this end he has edited over eighty, four minute sound clips for the Tate website He is also working on a new commission through the Cass Foundation to make a monumental work for an Olympics Site. This will be a sound sculpture constructed in stainless steel. He is currently researching the sounds that will be heard at the sculpture, 'Meeting Place'.

Your affiliations with UAL: Other Affiliations > RAE 2008
Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 5 March 2007
Related Websites: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/audioarts/, http://www.wimbledon.arts.ac.uk/35276.htm
Related Websites:
Related Publications: ‘Making Art Work’ by Patsy Craig, ISBN 1904563066 (Trolley Ltd, 2003)
Event Location: Tate Britain
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Tate Britain, London5 March 200727 August 2007
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2009 00:18
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 10:33
Item ID: 1848
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1848

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