Camille Norment. Triplight. 2008. Microphone cage, stand, light, electronics, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist View artist ›

Camille Norment. Toll. 2011. Recorded audio composition, 16 min. © 2013. Camille Norment Studio and Prisma Records. Camille Norment, glass armonica; Håvard Skaset, electric guitar; Vegar Vårdal, Hardingfele. Arranged by Camille Norment with Håvard Skaset and Vegar Vårdal, containing elements inspired by Arvo Pärt's Fratres, © with kind permission by Arvo Pärt and Universal Edition A.G., Wien


Tristan Perich. Microtonal Wall. 2011. 1,500 1-bit speakers, microprocessors, aluminum. Installation at InterAccess Gallery, Toronto, 2012. Courtesy the artist View artist ›

Susan Philipsz. Study of Strings. 2012. Eight-channel sound installation, dimensions variable. Installation at Kassel Hauptbahnhof, Documenta 13, 2012. Courtesy the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, and Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie. Photo: Eoghan McTigue View artist ›


Florian Hecker. Hinge. 2012. Three-channel electroacoustic sound, loudspeaker system, 26:32 min. Processed installation photography. Installation view of Florian Hecker, Sadie Coles HQ, London, November 23, 2012–January 19, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ View artist ›

Florian Hecker. Chimerization. 2012. Two-channel electroacoustic sound, 33:23 min. Courtesy the artist, Sadie Coles HQ, London; Galerie Neu, Berlin. Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) with the support of Sadie Coles HQ, London; Galerie Neu, Berlin; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


Richard Garet. Guitar Heroes. 2010. Sound installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Julian Navarro Projects, NY. Photo: Peter Mauney View artist ›


Haroon Mirza. Frame for a Painting. 2012. LEDs, bicycle light, LED drivers, active speakers, table, 10:54 min. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photo Ginny Jory. Installation at Daiwa Foundation, London 2012 View artist ›


Christine Sun Kim. Pianoiss … issmo (Worse Finish). 2012. Transcript, pastel and pencil on paper. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Erica Leone View artist ›

Christine Sun Kim with Thomas Benno Mader. When Not Concentrated. 2013. Artists voice recording, 2 min. Courtesy the artist


Marco Fusinato. Spectral Arrows (Sydney). 2013. Excerpt from LP (Planam Records, Italy), 4 min. Courtesy the artist View artist ›


Luke Fowler and Toshiya Tsunoda. Ridges on the Horizontal Plane. 2011. 15:26 min. Installation view at Galerie Gisela Capitain. Courtesy the artists and Gisela Capitain Gallery. Cologne. Photo: Lothar Schnepf View artist ›


Toshiya Tsunoda. The Temple Recording 01. 2010. Field recording at Minamishitaura, Miura city Kanagawa Pref., Japan, 16:52 min. Courtesy the artist


Jana Winderen. Disco Bay. 2007. Field photograph, Greenland. Courtesy the artist View artist ›

Jana Winderen. Ultrafield. 2013. Sixteen-channel ambisonic sound installation, dimensions variable. Surround-sound audio software and installation consultancy by Tony Myatt, Professor of Sound, University of Surrey. Collection the artist


Hong-Kai Wang. Still from Music While We Work. 2011. Multi-channel sound and two-channel video installation. Courtesy the artist View artist ›

Hong-Kai Wang. The Broken Orchestra Live in Stockholm (Iaspis, Stockholm, Sweden). 2013. Recorded audio composition, 8:05 min. Courtesy the artist. Maria Arnqvist, alto saxophone; Anders Bryngelsson, electronics; George Kentros, violin; Robin McGinley, cello; Cecilia Österholm, Swedish keyed fiddle; Robert Spångberg (piano). Recorded by Erik Rosshagen


Sergei Tcherepnin. Motor Matter Bench. 2013. Wooden subway bench, transducers, amplifier, HD media player. Unique. Image courtesy Murray Guy, New York View artist ›

Stephen Vitiello. Bell Study. 2010. Five-channel sound installation with aluminum sound map, 7:03 min. Courtesy the artist. Commissioned by Creative Time, Friends of the High Line, and the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation View artist ›


Jacob Kirkegaard. AION. 2006. Photograph, Lambda print on dibond. Courtesy the artist View artist>

Jacob Kirkegaard. Concert Room. 2011. Audio work, 7:57 min. Courtesy the artist


Carsten Nicolai. wellenwanne lfo. 2012. Metal, glass, acrylic glass, mirror, audio equipment, water, light, sound. Room installation, dimensions variable. Exhibition view, Echigo Tsumari Triennale 2012. Photo by Osamu Nakamura. Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART. Leipzig/Berlin and The Pace Gallery. View artist ›

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Soundings: A Contemporary Score
August 10–November 3, 2013

MoMA's first major exhibition of sound art presents work by 16 of the most innovative contemporary artists working with sound. While these artists approach sound from a variety of disciplinary angles—the visual arts, architecture, performance, computer programming, and music—they share an interest in working with, rather than against or independent of, material realities and environments. These artistic responses range from architectural interventions, to visualizations of otherwise inaudible sound, to an exploration of how sound ricochets within a gallery, to a range of field recordings—including echolocating bats, abandoned buildings in Chernobyl, 59 bells in New York City, and a sugar factory in Taiwan.

The diversity of these works reflects a complex and nuanced field. Yet the exhibition posits something specific: that how we listen determines what we hear. Indeed, the works provoke and evoke—both in the maker and the museumgoer—modes of active listening, and a heightened relationship between interior and exterior space. At a time when personal listening devices and tailored playlists have become ubiquitous, shared aural spaces are increasingly rare. Many of the artists in the exhibition aim for such realities, and the sound they create is decidedly social, immersing visitors and connecting them in space. In many of the works, links are drawn between disparate topographies and subjects, giving rise to new understanding and experiences.

The artists in the exhibition are Luke Fowler (Scottish, b. 1978), Toshiya Tsunoda (Japanese, b. 1964), Marco Fusinato (Australian, b. 1964), Richard Garet (Uruguayan, b. 1972), Florian Hecker (German, b. 1975), Christine Sun Kim (American, b. 1980), Jacob Kirkegaard (Danish, b. 1975), Haroon Mirza (British, b. 1977), Carsten Nicolai (German, b. 1965), Camille Norment (American, b. 1970), Tristan Perich (American, b. 1982), Susan Philipsz (Scottish, b. 1965), Sergei Tcherepnin (American, b. 1981), Hong-Kai Wang (Taiwanese, b. 1971), Jana Winderen (Norwegian, b. 1965), and Stephen Vitiello (American, b. 1964).