Haroon Mirza: Artist in Conversation

Image: Haroon Mirza. Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Pace London and The Calder Foundation.

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Sunlight Infinato (Solar Symphony 5), 2014, Photovoltaic Panel, LEDs, circuitry, speaker, plywood, TV mount. Courtesy hrm199 and Lisson Gallery. Photography Jack Hems

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Image: Haroon Mirza. Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Pace London and The Calder Foundation.

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Location: YSP Centre
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‘The sun is the provider of almost all the energy on the planet, and although we only harness a tiny fraction of that energy, it is and has been throughout the history of life the subject of awe, worship and inspiration' – Haroon Mirza

Haroon Mirza is an artist who has won international acclaim for installations that explore the boundaries between sound, light waves and electric current. His new intervention Aestival Infinato (Solar Symphony 11), conceived especially for James Turrell’s Deer Shelter Skyspace at YSP, creates an alternative symphony in the landscape between nature and technology, channelling the sun’s energy and finding new ways to give it both power and meaning.  

The work is part of Mirza’s Solar Symphonies, a body of work in which nature becomes the composer as the sun and the clouds determine the light and sound that are emitted from the sculpture. Situated within the Skyspace, the work references neolithic and megalithic monuments that venerate the sun and creates a direct relationship and interaction between the changing environment within the space.
To coincide with the summer solstice, Mirza has invited special guest speakers Dr Suchitra Sebastian, Lecturer in Physics at the Maxwell Centre and Director of the Cavendish Arts-Science Project, University of Cambridge; and Jack Jelfs, artist, collaborator and physics graduate who will both explore exciting themes around the sun, science and art. 

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  • Please meet at YSP Centre 10 minutes before the start time
  • Refreshments and light snacks are available to purchase from YSP
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Dr Suchitra Sebastian creates and studies interesting quantum materials – often under extreme conditions such as very high magnetic fields, enormous pressures, and very low temperatures – with a view to discovering unusual phases of matter. A strong advocate for women in sciences, Sebastian has won a string of prestigious awards, grants and fellowships, including the 2013 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland and the 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding research in her field.
Jack Jelfs is an artist working in London. His practice combines musical composition and sculpture and uses wood, steel, video, electromagnets, plastic and analogue electronics. Before becoming an artist, he trained in MSci Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London. Jelfs and Mirza have previously worked together in a performance at the David Roberts Art Foundation / Contemporary Art Society.