Haroon Mirza is a British artist, working in London. His site-specific installations use audio compositions and found domestic materials. In 2012 he won the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize and exhibited at SCAI The Bathhouse in Tokyo.
It wasn’t surprising to hear that the most commonly used word for noise in Japan was noise. The word is relatively new anyway, it came about during the industrial revolution to describe the sound of machinery and is etymologically linked with the word nuisance. In Japan though, the imported word has no established relationship with pollution, anxiety and the idea of it being a nuisance, which might account for the aural culture in Japan being so fertile and fruitful. Listening is regarded just as highly as seeing
For more about Haroon’s work, see the website http://www.clickfolio.com/haroon/
You can also see his work at the Lisson Gallery http://www.lissongallery.com/#/artists/haroon-mirza/