Carlos Amorales <br/>
<em>We’ll see how all reverberates</em> 2012<br/>
steel, copper, epoxy paint<br/>
3 mobiles, dimensions variable<br/>
Supported by the Loti and Victor Smorgon Fund<br/>
© Courtesy the artist and Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
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Carlos Amorales 
We’ll see how all reverberates 2012
Media Release • 8 Jul 15

Carlos Amorales: We’ll see how all reverberates

The chimes of copper cymbals will resonate throughout the foyer of NGV International when renowned Mexican artist Carlos Amorales presents his interactive sculptural work We’ll see how all reverberates, a dynamic suspended installation which takes the form of three mobiles balanced by thirty-five copper Zildjian cymbals. Through the use of musical gongs visitors are invited to strike the cymbals, producing a chorus of sound and movement within the space.

Reflecting the artist’s interest in the chance poetics of Dada and the inter-disciplinary happenings of the Fluxus movement, We’ll see how all reverberates, 2012, invokes a democratic, playful and anarchic impulse, encouraging audience members to become actors and performers.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘We’ll see how all reverberates, the next instalment in the NGV’s ongoing series of Federation Court installations, reflects the characteristic playfulness of the artist, Carlos Amorales, who is recognised for his large-scale, multi-sensory works. We expect the piece to elicit a wide range of musical temperaments, from harmonious and meditative to loud and chaotic, and inspire the imaginations of visitors young and old.’

The work, which recalls the mid-century modernist forms of Alexander Calder, has been recently acquired by the NGV and travels to Australia following presentations in major exhibitions in Shanghai, New York, Sharjah and Mexico City.

As well as being available to visitors, there will be a special series of free performances by jazz students from the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, who will work with the installation to create improvised compositions of harmony, chaos, and radical transformation. For program dates and times see

Carlos Amorales: We’ll see how all reverberates will be presented at NGV International from 8 August – 8 November 2015. Free entry.

The installation is presented as part of the NGV’s ongoing series of Federation Court commissions and made possible with generous support from the Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund.

About Carlos Amorales
Carlos Amorales was born in Mexico City in 1970, where he continues to live and work. He was based in Amsterdam from 1992-97, where he undertook post-graduate residencies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy from 1992-1995 and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. He was the recipient of a Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship, Washington, in 2010 and a studio residency at the Atelier Calder Studio, Sache, France, in 2012.

Recent individual museum exhibitions include Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, 2013; Mac/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, France, 2011; Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2010; Kunsthalle Fredericianum, Kassel, Germany, 2009; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2008; and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2008. His performances have been staged at the Tate Modern, London; and the Pompidou Centre, Paris, among others, and his work has been represented in a wide range of significant group exhibitions including: 10th Shanghai Biennial, 2014-15; 8th Berlin Biennial, 2014; Under The Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2014; Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates, 2013; 10th Havana Biennial, 2009; 5th Seoul International Biennial, 2008; and the 2nd Moscow Biennial, 2007.