Exhibition: Soundworks, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, until September 16 2012
© Photo: Steve White
If omnipresence can be considered fleeting, American provocateur Bruce Nauman might have achieved reverence with a light touch.
His cages, videos of clowns, vast audio-visual installations and emotive neons have bemused Tate Liverpool audiences and filled the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in recent years, making him seem something of a fixture.
His latest work, Days, is a sound installation in which seven voices recite the days of the week in random order, premiered on 14 flat panel speakers here.
And Nauman’s position as a pioneer of the form and a familiar presence is contextualised by accompanying pieces from more than 100 practitioners of his beloved sonic oeuvre here – partly, it seems, in a nod to the history of the audio genre, traced back through Dadaist and Futurist works, visiting artists including Kurt Schwitters, Luigi Russolo, Steve Reich and John Cage, and a look at how the revolutionised availability of sound recording equipment has made their art as prevalent as traditional fields.
One of the exceptional new talents working within it, Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler, also contributes in his role as Artist in Residence at the ICA.
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