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Haroon Mirza

The Construction of an Act

Presented with Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Free Event

A riveting sonic adventure.


Free Event

The annual ACCA International brings to Melbourne an artist at a pivotal point in their career, and in 2019 internationally acclaimed London-based Haroon Mirza will be presented in Australia for the first time. You’ll want to look and listen.

Mirza’s early career was as a DJ and his vast artistic practice has echoed out in ripples from those origins in music. From sculptural assemblages to immersive installations and live performances, Mirza’s raw tools are electricity, sound and light. He describes his role as that of a composer, creating compositions from materials including furniture, video footage, household electronics and electricity. His recent works have probed fields as far flung as design, theology, particle physics and neuroscience.

In less than a decade Mirza has accumulated some of the most prestigious prizes in the art world: a Silver Lion for Most Promising Artists at the 2011 Venice Biennale, the Zurich Art Prize and Nam June Paik Art Centre Award in 2014, and the Calder Prize in 2015.

New and existing works will come together to form a conceptual and sonic whole, with local and international collaborators invited to present their own original contributions. Mirza will redefine how this iconic Melbourne space looks, sounds, and ultimately means to those who wander it.

Opening Event

Fri 13 September 6—8pm

Join us for the opening of this special exhibition. Free and no RSVP required.

Live Performance

Tue 8 October 6.30—7.30pm

A one night only performance of live music and dance. Bookings required. 

Minimalist art, 70s club culture, experimental music composition and all manner of electrical and auditory geekery.




  • Australian Council for the Arts
  •  Creative Victoria
  •  CoM
  • Exhibition Partners

  • John Wardle
  • Cova
  • Dulux
  • Henry Moore

Haroon Mirza. Pavilion for Optimisation, 2013.
Installation view at Museum Tinguely, Basel, 2015.
Photo: Bettina Matthiessen

The live performance for The Construction of an Act is presented with ACCA and Liquid Architecture, with support from JMC Academy.