Sound and design – From Brionvega icons to interactive sound installations and contemporary design pieces. The exhibition Sound and Matter in Design at Design Museum Holon displays historic and contemporary objects shaping the living environment. Divided in 5 chapters, the show is part of a larger program of exhibitions exploring how the five senses interact with design.
“Sound is one of the most significant ‘raw materials’ in the designer’s toolbox.” Says to Archipanic Maya Dvash, Design Museum Holon’s Chief Curator. “When combined, sound and design can shape environments and everyday experiences”.
1. THE SOUND OF ARCHITECTURE – Visitors are welcomed by an immersive installation which transforms the Design Museum Holon iconic building designed by Ron Arad into a musical instrument. 100 speakers located in different areas, exploit the building’s architecture and the capacity of its hollow Corten ribbons to function as echo chambers. The result is an all-immersive “musical arena” where visitors become composers.
2. SEEING SOUND – In the Upper Gallery features 50 iconic objects designed from the 1960s to the present recount the evolution of stereo systems and speakers. On display the Phonosuper SK6 by Dieter Rams and Hans Gugelot for Braun (1960), Matali Crasset/Philip Starck’s Soundstation for Thomson Multimedia and Lexon (1996-98) and several Brionvega icons like Cubo Radio by Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso (1977) and the Radio Phonoigraph RR126 by Achille e Piergiacomo Castiglioni (1966).
“The range exemplifies 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.” Explain curators Anat Safran, Lila Chitayat and Elisabetta Pisu.
3. SENSING SOUND – In the Dr. Shulamit Katzman lower gallery 8 sound artists transform the space into a resonating chamber. Original site-specific sound works are translated into visual representations influenced by the movement of the visitors. The movements of sound become visible and the visual and tangible character of sound becomes clear.
4. LOOPS – The Design Lab focuses on the word and concept of loop. The exhibition explores the repetition processes and features in both sound and design to bridge the gap between these two seemingly divergent categories and reveal how conceptually close they are and can be.
5. THROUGH THE MESH – The Peripheral Corridor features Dana Hakim Bercovich’s jewellery designs made from metal mesh used in loudspeakers and audio equipment. “These creations respond to the anxieties of a digital era in which spaces and even the body become arenas of surveillance”.
All photos by Shay Ben Efraim – Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.