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 Open exhibition, 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 toured 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

Art Exchange and Firstsite, Colchester 12 December 2015 - 14 February 2016


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. 

About Sam Belinfante
Sam Belinfante is an artist living and working in London. Along with filmmaking and photographic work, his practice includes curating, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions include the solo show Many Chambers, Many Mouths at Southard Reid, London (2013) and The Reversing Machine, with Simon Lewandowski at The Tetley, Leeds (2014). He curated and participated in The Voice and The Lens, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, which will tour to Whitechapel Gallery as part of Spitalfields Festival in June 2014. Recent performances include Corpus Sonus at V22, London and Turner Contemporary, Margate; The Blue Bird at Barbican, London, all 2012 with Musarc Choir; and Stimmung as part of Restless Times, Tate Britain, in 2011.

BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England. BALTIC presents a constantly changing, distinctive and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, and is a world leader in the presentation, commissioning and communication of contemporary visual art. BALTIC has welcomed over 5 million visitors, since opening to the public in July 2002. BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, is home to BALTIC's project space.

About the Bluecoat
The Bluecoat, Liverpool’s contemporary arts centre, has a well-established exhibition programme, which is presented alongside performances, literature and participation activities. Housed in an historic city centre building, it underwent a major capital refurbishment designed by Rotterdam-based Biq Architecten, reopening in 2008. Recent exhibitors include John Akomfrah, William Kentridge and Mark Leckey, whilst current show 3 am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night, curated by Angela Kingston, tours nationally in 2014.

About Site and Sheffield Institute of Arts galleries
Site Gallery is Sheffield’s leading international contemporary art space, supporting artists specialising in moving image, new media and performance. It pioneers emerging art practices and ideas, focusing on artistic development and inspiring new thinking and debate through its public programmes and participatory activity.  With a recognised expertise in artists innovating with new technologies, Site works in partnership with local, regional and international collaborators to nurture artistic talent and support the development of contemporary art.

Opened in 2008, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery is Sheffield Hallam University’s purpose-built gallery space. The gallery offers a distinctive programme of professional public exhibitions, across the widest definition of creative practice. It supports learning and research in one of the UK’s largest and most diverse universities placing the university’s own academic enquiry alongside touring exhibitions from the likes of Hayward Touring and the Crafts Council and collaborations with city and sector partners.

About the Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts
The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is situated in the historic centre of the medieval City of Norwich in the East of England. The Gallery has long been a focus for contemporary creative practice and is the home of the seminal EAST International series of exhibitions, residencies and publications on contemporary art. 2015 will mark the University’s 170th year as a centre of excellence in education and the arts, and the Gallery will continue to present a vibrant programme of exhibitions by contemporary artists, designers and creative practitioners in media.

Image Credit:
Sam Belinfante at Fingal’s Cave, Scotland, 2013

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