Conversations in the Archive: Sonic Boom: The Art of Sound (2000)


Writer, musician and curator David Toop and artist Christian Marclay discuss the groundbreaking exhibition Sonic Boom: The Art of Sound (2000). Taking place at Hayward Gallery at the turn of the millennium, Sonic Boom featured more than 30 international artists working in the field of sound art, among them Brian Eno, Pan Sonic and Lee Ranaldo of the band Sonic Youth.

Conversations in the Archive: Sonic Boom (2000)


One of the things I’ve always said about sound art, or so-called sound art, is that it’s homeless in a way. It’s a very uneasy fit with the art world.
David Toop, curator, Sonic Boom

This film is part of Conversations in the Archive, a series of five short films exploring seminal exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history. In each film, artists and curators involved in the exhibition are captured in conversation, with archival material acting as a prompt for reflection and recollection.


Commissioned by Hayward Gallery for its 50th anniversary with Art Fund support.


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