Embodying Sound: An interview with Bill Furlong on Audio Arts

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Embodying Sound. An interview with Bill Furlong on Audio Arts: William Furlong (1944) belongs to the generation of British artists who developed a new concept of sculpture in the 1970s and 80s (Gilbert & George, Bruce McLean, Paul Richards etc.). Furlong's special contribution has been in the area of 'Sound Scuplture' and, with the founding of Audio Arts (together with Michael Archer) in 1973, he began a project of mapping the territory of contemporary art in a series of cassette editions. Since its inception in 1972, Audio Arts has grown to become the world's most comprehensive and coherently focused sound archive of artists' voices as well as sound art but also contains documents of important exhibitions, symposia and festivals. The cassette-magazine has been in continuous and regular publication for thirty-five years, with over twenty-five volumes of four issues each.

A small part of the vast Audio Arts archive is currently showing at Tate Britain and for the first time in U.K until the 27th of August. Four hours of recorded clips of interviews with main artist from 1973 to 2006 can be accessed here online by clicking on...