Seeing Sound

  • Yuko Mohri, You Locked Me Up in a Grave, You Owe Me at Least the Peace of a Grave, 2018. Installation view Childhood: Another Banana Day for the Dream-Fish, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2018. Courtesy Project fulfill Art Space, mother’s tankstation

  • Juan Cortés, Supralunar, 2018. Custom built mechanisms in perspex (dimensions variable); Arduino; LED lights, custom built speakers, 4 channel sound. Installation view. Courtesy of the Artist.

  • Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Requiem for 114 Radios, 2016. Courtesy of the Artist and Kate MacGarry Gallery.

  • Marina Rosenfeld, Music Stands, 2019, steel, UV prints on Dibond, foam, audio components, computer, sound. Installation view at the Artists Institute. Photo by Christopher Aque. Courtesy of the artist and the Artists Institute.

  • Samson Young, Muted Situation #2: Muted Lion Dance, 2014, instruction score, video. (Production Still) © Samson Young. Image courtesy the artist. Photo Credit: Dennis Man Wing Leung.

Curated by Barbara London

Sound is a sensorial and pliant material, an intangible part of daily life. For the artists in Seeing Sound, it is the chosen medium for experimentation when art is in a perpetual state of flux. Featuring the work of Seth Cluett, Juan Cortés, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Bani Haykal, Yuko Mohri, Marina Rosenfeld, Aura Satz, and Samson Young, the exhibition foregrounds artistic practices that deconstruct, rebuild, manipulate, and visualize audio experience through digital and analog means.

Working across music and composition, video and performance, sculpture and installation, the artists—from New York, London, Bogotá, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong—establish and highlight new meaning for the unheard by transcending conventional relationships to sound. Their work brings disparate contexts together: the drone of a telephone dial tone in relation to electronic music; pastoral silence that coexists with intermittent urban noise; or the imagined seraphic sounds of the universe.

Curated by Barbara London, a pioneering champion of time-based media, the exhibition places visitors in immersive encounters with sound as art. It challenges the private quality of our contemporary sonic experience. Instead of relying on headphones and earbuds, which isolate the listener, the artworks in the exhibition create expansive sonic landscapes.

The exhibition was developed with support from Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), giving access to the latest in sonic technology and providing venues with experimental advances for the presentation of sound works. Along the tour, art spaces will be able to integrate these technologies into their programming, to collaborate with an artist across the world, or create telematic, long-distance performances. This is one of the ways that the exhibition uses technology not to isolate, but to unite as it travels.

Artists: Seth Cluett, Juan Cortés, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Bani Haykal, Yuko Mohri, Marina Rosenfeld, Aura Satz, and Samson Young

Seeing Sound is a traveling exhibition curated by Barbara London, with the support of Research Assistant Kristen Clevenson and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI). This exhibition and tour are supported, in part, by Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) program and with the generous support of ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum.

Nokia Bell Labs is the world-renowned industrial research arm of Nokia. Over its more than 90-year history, Bell Labs has invented many of the foundational technologies that underpin information and communications networks and all digital devices and systems. This research has resulted in 9 Nobel Prizes, three Turing Awards, three Japan Prizes, a plethora of National Medals of Science and Engineering, as well as an Oscar, two Grammy awards and an Emmy award for technical innovation. For more information, visit



Barbara London

Barbara London is a curator and writer who founded the video and media exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. The exhibitions London organized include one-person shows with media pioneers Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Steina Vasulka, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Peter Campus, Gary Hill, and Laurie Anderson. She was the first U.S. curator to showcase the work of Asian artists Zhang Peili, Song Dong, Teiji Furuhashi, Feng Mengbo, and Yang Fudong. Her thematic projects have included Video from Tokyo to Fukui and Kyoto; New Video from China; Anime!; Looking at Music, parts 1-3; Music Video: the Industry and Its Fringes; and Soundings: A Contemporary Score at MoMA. She also organized the Media City Seoul exhibition in 2000. London was the first to integrate the Internet as part of curatorial practice. This includes Stir-fry (1994); Internyet (1998); and ( (1999.) London’s book Video/Art, the First Fifty Years will be published by Phaidon in January 2020. Her writings have appeared in numerous catalogs and publications, including ArtForum, Yishu, Leonardo, Art Asia Pacific, Art in America, Modern Painter, and Image Forum. London has been an adjunct professor in the Graduate Art Department at Yale for ten years. Her honors include: Getty Research Institute scholar, 2016; a Courage Award by Eyebeam, 2016; Gertrude Contemporary Residency, Melbourne, 2012; Dora Maar House Residency, Menerbes, 2010; a CEC Artslink award in Poland, 2003; a Japanese government Bunkacho Fellowship, 1992-93; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1988-89. 


touring schedule

Booking Info

Tour Dates: 2020 - 2024
Number of Artists/Collectives: 8
Number of Artworks: 8
Space Requirements: Appx. 3,000 – 5,000 sq feet

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