Bill Fontana, sound artist of the first generation, has been using sound as a sculptural medium since the 1960s. This catalogue is published on the occasion of the solo exhibition “Primal Energies” at the Kunsthaus Graz and offers for the first time a comprehensive documentation of his sound sculptures and radio projects worldwide. With a complete index of his works as well as texts by Rudolf Friedling, Pedro Gadanho, Heidi Grundmann, Katrin Bucher Trantow, and others, and a conversation between Bill Fontana and Hans Ulrich Obrist. In addition to installation views of the exhibition, the catalogue is extensively illustrated with archive material.
His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Post Museum in Frankfurt; the Art History and Natural History Museums in Vienna; the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London; the 48th Venice Biennale; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; MAXXI, Rome; and MAAT, Lisbon. He has done major radio sound art projects for the BBC, the European Broadcast Union, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, West German Radio (WDR), Swedish Radio, Radio France and the Austrian State Radio.