Bill Fontana

Bill Fontana

Collide International Award 2013

Bill Fontana is an American composer and artist who has developed an international reputation for his pioneering experiments in sound.

Since the early 1970s, Fontana has used sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. He has realized sound sculptures and radio projects for museums and broadcast organizations around the world. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, both at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London and he took part in the 48th Venice Biennale. Bill Fontana is known for his interest in revealing hidden sounds in unlikely places, from the Millenium Bridge in London to a lonely whistle buoy in the ocean to an abandoned construction crane.

In 2013, Bill Fontana won the second Collide International Award, in collaboration with Ars Electronica. His residency took place that summer, when he worked with his scientific partner, theoretical physicist Subodh Patil.