Design Museum Holon presents Sound and Matter in Design, an exhibition examining the relationship between sound and design and the ways in which shapes, environments and everyday experiences are influenced by sound, sponsored by leading manufacturer of speaker components and audio systems Morel. Upon arrival, visitors are confronted with the exhibition’s largest object, the Design Museum Holon iconic building designed by Ron Arad, which, already a “musical building” in its visual appearance, is itself transformed into a musical instrument.
Titled The Sound of Architecture, the site-specific installation curated by Anat Safran and Lila Chitayat exploits the building’s architecture and the capacity of its hollow Corten ribbons to function as echo chambers to create an all-immersive “musical arena”, where visitors become the composers. The sound is emanated from 100 speakers located in different areas, as well as from the building itself, compelling the viewers into the multi-sensory nature of the exhibition and inviting them to delve into their individual perception of sound.
“Sound is one of the most significant “raw materials” in the designer’s toolbox” says Maya Dvash, Design Museum Holon’s Chief Curator. Sound and Matter in Design spans across all the Museum premises, addressing the core theme through three different prisms – object, space and environment.
Inside the Museum, the Upper Gallery features Seeing Sound, an exhibition curated by Anat Safran, Lila Chitayat and Elisabetta Pisu, containing over 50 objects designed from the 1960s to the present. Divided into three categories – stationary, mobile, and interactive objects – the exhibition features historical pieces that recount the evolution of stereo systems and speakers, as well as contemporary pieces that constitute furnishing accessories for the living room. The pieces exemplify the conceptual shift from object design to the design of a user experience, whilst showcasing the way sound and design fit harmoniously into domestic environments.
Located in the Dr. Shulamit Katzman Gallery (the Lower Gallery) is Sensing Sound – an interactive installation created and curated by Anat Safran and Lila Chitayat in collaboration with eight sound artists. Designed as an open platform and transforming the gallery into a resonating chamber, the installation includes original sound works composed especially for this space, which are translated into visual representations influenced by the movement of the visitors. Vibrations are a key, instantly perceptible component of the installation, transporting visitors into a world where the movements of sound become visible and the visual and tangible character of sound becomes clear.
The ‘Peripheral Corridor’ of the Museum features a solo exhibition titled Through the Mesh curated by Yael Taragan of jewellery artist Dana Hakim Bercovich, who makes use of metal mesh (speaker grille) used in loudspeakers and audio equipment for the design and creation of unique jewellery pieces that can be worn on the body. These creations directly respond to the anxieties experienced by individuals in a global and digital world in which private spaces and even the body become arenas of surveillance. The pieces may also be perceived as performing the ancient symbolic function of protecting the wearer, or as implants in people’s bodies: concealed transmitters revealing one’s identity and physical location in a unique “big brother” scenario. This exhibition and the one on display in the Design Laboratory showcase items from the expanding museum collection.
“With our previous Overview exhibition we laid the path for a core focus on senses and their interplay with the world of design. With this exhibition, we wanted to take this emphasis one step further to provide visitors with something truly experiential where the building itself is given a voice and visitors find themselves listening to it. For the first time, the exhibition premises will be used in their entirety with an attentive eye on how each sound, each piece, each element can and should be juxtaposed to the space at hand. Historical musical objects, which are included in this exhibition, will be accompanied by installations featuring no object at all, further demonstrating how design transcends the strictly physical to encompass the seemingly abstract.” Maya Dvash, Chief Curator of Design Museum Holon. The exhibition will remain open until October 28.