Somerset House Studios

Beatrice Dillon | Haroon Mirza

Part of Assembly: Christian Marclay

Fri 08 Nov 2019
19.30 - 22.00
£12.00, all 3 nights £30.00
Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

infraordinary by artist and music producer Beatrice Dillon combines installation and performance, where specially composed sounds are triggered using a Kinect camera, with a live controlled sound mix of the street. The performance attempts to examine and reframe the rhythmic patterns of the street outside.

Haroon Mirza creates installations that test the interplay and friction between sound and electromagnetic waves. Using projected visuals and panning sound from numerous external microphones, he will re-spatialise the traffic soundscape using vehicle sounds that enter and leave the room by travelling sequentially from speaker to speaker.

For the second edition of ASSEMBLY, resident artist Christian Marclay curates a series of intimate musical performances in the Lancaster Rooms responding to the sounds and acoustics of the street outside the Neoclassical building.

Acknowledging and working with the unpredictable activity and noise to define a compositional framework, Marclay invites a series of guests to collaborate in bringing the outdoor inside for an evolving series of electro-acoustic performances. Presented over three nights, six new performances corresponding to Marclay’s sonic vision will be created live in the space, each responding to the concept in a different way.


Beatrice Dillon is an artist and music producer who has produced solo and collaborative releases across Boomkat Editions, Hessle Audio, The Trilogy Tapes, PAN, Timedance and Where To Now? Recent performances include Barbican Centre, Tokyo’s wwwX, MUTEK Montreal, Dekmantel, Documenta Athens, Cairo’s Masåfåt Festival, Norway’s Insomnia and Documenta Athens. With a background in fine art, Beatrice has produced sound and music commissions for Outlands Network, Lisson Gallery, Études Paris, AND Festival, Somerset House and has collaborated with visual artists and choreographers across ICA, TATE, Southbank Centre, York Mediale, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, MACVAL Paris, Nasher Center Dallas and Mona Tasmania amongst others. She was the recipient of Wysing Arts Centre’s artist residency, is a resident at Somerset House Studios and presents a show on NTS Radio.

Haroon Mirza creates installations that test the interplay and friction between sound and electromagnetic waves. He devises sculptures, performances and immersive installations. An advocate of interference such as electro-acoustic or radio disruption, he creates situations that purposefully cross wires. He describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon, bringing together instruments such as household electronics, turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks to behave differently. Dipping into various disciplines wide ranging as design, music, architecture, particle physics, neuroscience and theology, Mirza questions the boundaries of human experience.

ASSEMBLY is supported by the Adonyeva Foundation and PRS Foundation's The Open Fund and John S Cohen Trust