press release

Language is but one component of a rich and intermeshing system of communication used in everyday conversation. For this, his first solo exhibition in a public gallery, audio artist William Furlong explores the residues of meaning found through inference and innuendo, the said and the unsaid, in the spoken word.

Since 1973 Furlong has been producing Audio Arts Magazine on cassette, which he describes as "a primary medium and ‘space’ for the articulation and dissemination of debate, theory and practice in relation to contemporary art." Over some 30 years Audio Arts has become an unprecedented archive of recordings made with over 300 of the best known contemporary artists, musicians, curators and critics.

For his new work, 'To Hear Yourself As Others Hear You', Furlong has used primary and incidental sounds from the Audio Arts archive to create a chorus of audible incidents, pauses and traces in a choreographed sequence spanning the gallery. The ebb and flow of voices around the gallery creates a constantly shifting acoustic environment which requires the visitor to move under a taut network of wires and speakers held just above head height.

Alongside this major installation Furlong will be presenting a new commission for the South London Gallery collection funded by the Contemporary Arts Society. Taking the local area and its inhabitants as a theme, Furlong will be interviewing residents of Camberwell and Peckham, juxtaposing views and attitudes towards South London in an installation made especially for the gallery.

To mark the 30th anniversary of Audio Arts Magazine a full survey of the publication will be presented alongside the exhibition.

William Furlong
To Hear Yourself As Others Hear You