HARUN MORRISON — BLARES
JULY 20, 2020
Blares is a 10 minute soundwork composed of 24 snippets of music playing from strangers’ cars. The snippets were recorded from inside the artist’s studio in East London during the Covid-19 Lockdown, as vehicles stopped at the adjacent traffic lights. The range of genres and languages speaks to the diversity of the locale. The work also points to the potentiality of sound to traverse and collapse binaries of indoors / outdoors and private / public space.
HARUN MORRISON is an artist and writer currently living on a narrow boat on Regent’s Canal. Alongside Helen Walker, he co-founded the collective art practice ‘They Are Here’ in 2006. Through this collaboration they explore group dynamics, questions of authorship and politics of visibility. Recent commissions include I’ll Bring You Flowers (2019) at Survival Kit 10, Riga, Laughing Matter (2018) at Studio Voltaire, the performance 40 Temps, 8 Days (2017) at Tate Modern and Beacon Garden (2018-2020), a commission to co-design and community build a public garden in Dagenham, East London at the invitation of Create London. He has an MA in Critical Writing from Chelsea College of Art and Design. He is former artist-in-residence with Arts Catalyst and previously in residence at IASPIS and Botyrka Konsthall, Stockholm (2018). Forthcoming work will be shown at Dakar Biennial, Senegal (2020) and Eastside Projects in Birmingham (2021), where he is the current Wheatley Fine Art Fellow in association Birmingham School of Art. Harun has been a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins, Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art and is associate faculty for the new studio program Conditions, in Croydon. Since 2019 Harun has been a trustee of the Black Cultural Archive (est.1981). @harunishere