Bill Fontana

Bill Fontana (born 1947, USA) trained as a composer and is celebrated for his pioneering works in sound, which explore the nature of our acoustic environment. He has exhibited his sound sculptures at leading museums around the world, as well as at iconic locations from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Arc de Triomphe.

London has a particular call on Fontana, and his works here have included installations carrying the hidden sounds of the Millennium Bridge within Tate Modern and a live sound map of Big Ben at Tate Britain. His first explorations of the coastline and the unique acoustics of Chesil Beach were linked to an installation at the National Maritime Museum, and, most recently, the sounds of the Thames were brought within the subterranean spaces of Somerset House.

Fontana has received numerous fellowships for his work, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1986. He lives and works in San Francisco and is represented in the UK by Haunch of Venison.

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