In his work Haroon Mirza attempts to isolate the perceptual distinctions between noise, sound and music and explores the possibility of the visual and acoustic as one singular aesthetic form. These ideas are examined through the production of assemblages and sculptural installations made from furniture, household electronics, found or constructed video footage and existing artworks combined to generate audio compositions. The subject matter of his work pivots around socio-cultural systems such as religious faith or club culture and their relationship to music.
An additional subtext to his practice is an interest in the spillage of sound from artworks within group exhibitions. This interest is explored both through a curatorial concern and within his own works. Mirza includes existing works by other artists in his installations in the same way he works with other (ready-made) material; by appropriating something existing, and positioning it within a specific context, Mirza alters its function. This is typically to play a part in forming a larger (musical) composition.
Haroon Mirza lives and works in Sheffield and London.