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Open Sound & Sound Thinking

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Find out about the artworks and exhibits in our annual Open Sound Program and the corresponding Sound Thinking symposiums.

Open Sound

Open Sound is an exhibition program developed in 2008 by Surrey Art Gallery to support the production and presentation of audio art forms as part of contemporary art practice. Open Sound seeks to feature the leading edge of audio art, and has included site specific installation, radio experiments, ecological practices, and other investigations into the limits of sound today.

Sound Thinking

Founded in 2008, Surrey Art Gallery's Sound Thinking symposium is an annual event that brings together practitioners and professionals in sound art. The symposium features leading sound artists, scholars, and researchers in the field of sound studies, along with visual artists who use sound as key components of their practice and musicians who experiment with the limits of music and sound.

Sound Thinking is part of Surrey Art Gallery's Open Sound program and relates to the sound artworks on display during the year.


Open Sound 2018

January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018

Experience multimedia art that connects with the land and art generated by machines.

Open Sound 2017

January 1, 2017 to January 31, 2017

Listen and look at multisensory art representing the land beyond landscape.

Open Sound 2016

January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016

Listen to the sounds of deconstructed electronic objects inspired by still life paintings.

Open Sound 2015: Polyphonic Cartograph

January 17, 2015 to December 31, 2015

Consider the relationship between landscape, language, and voice in three sound art installations.

Open Sound 2014: Sonorous Kingdom

January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Examine the relationship between vegetation and sound in three sound art installations.

Open Sound 2013: Sound/Tract

January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013

Discover the unexpected and immersive world of ambient sound in and around the Surrey Arts Centre.

Open Sound 2012: On Air, Underground: Making the Inaudible Audible

January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012

The hidden, invisible, and voiceless are given expression in these artworks.

Open Sound 2011: Nests Built By Birds

January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011

Three works of audio art address voice and translation.

Open Sound 2010:

January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010

Examine the parallels between work, play, and sound in contemporary culture.

Open Sound 2009

January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009

Four artworks explore the concept of "open source" as it relates to sounds in our environments.

Open Sound 2008

January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008

A series of audio art projects around the Surrey Arts Centre kicked off the first exhibition.