HOLON, Israel – ‘Sound is one of the most significant "raw materials" in the designer’s toolbox,’ says Design Museum Holon’s chief curator, Maya Dvash. Last month, the Museum opened its new exhibition Sound and Matter in Design, which investigates the multidimensional relationship between sound and design by turning the entire building into an experiential sound space.
The Sound of Architecture. Curators: Lila Chitayat and Anat Safran.
The Museum building designed by Ron Arad was transformed into a musical instrument through a site-specific installation named ‘The Sound of Architecture’.
The show mobilizes the building’s ‘already musical’ architecture, as its hollow weathering-steel ribbons can function as echo chambers and create an immersive musical arena where visitors become composers. Most importantly, such an architectural approach to sound demonstrates how the medium in fact encompasses not only the auditory, but also the visual and spatial realms.
Seeing Sound (Upper Gallery exhibition). Curators: Anat Safran, Lila Chitayat and Elisabetta Pisu.
Sound and Matter in Design tackles the question of how shapes, surroundings and everyday experiences are influenced by sound from three different perspectives: object, space, and environment.
The show’s ‘Seeing Sound’ exhibition showcases sound objects designed from the 1960s to the present day, and recounts the evolution of stereo systems and speakers to illustrate the conceptual shift from designing objects to designing user experiences – a change that continues to establish its relevance to this day, with the rise of experience as the most sought-after commodity by consumers.