Sound and Matter in Design

Exhibition, Design Museum, Holon, Israel.


From June 29, 2017 until October 28, 2017
Sound and Matter in Design explored here are the ways in which spaces, environments, and everyday experiences are shaped by sound. As this exhibition demonstrates, sound is a central element that is shaped by culture and shapes it in turn. Although the world of design is identified with physical and visual elements, sound – which is usually perceived as an abstract element – is one of the most significant raw materials in the designer’s toolbox, regardless of whether s/ he is concerned with the design of an object, an item of clothing, a room, or a building. Sound assists us in defining spaces and orienting ourselves within them. Since it is based on vibrations, it also triggers physiological and emotional reactions in the listener.
No silence is louder than a library's hushed "shshsh," no noise is as inaudible as the siren sounded on Memorial Day, and no sound awakens greater hope than the quiet before the storm. When combined with social and cultural insights, the complex relationship between sound and matter, body and space, allows for a new understanding of the environment and of human behavior within it. This understanding is based on attention and listening, and not just on observation and touch.
The Upper Gallery features an exhibition curated by Anat Safran, Lila Chitayat and Elisabetta Pisu, containing over 50 objects designed from the 1960s to the present. The exhibits on display in this gallery are divided into three categories: stationary, mobile, and interactive objects, which exemplify the conceptual shift from object design to the design of a user experience. The Dr. Shulamit Katzman Gallery (the Lower Gallery) features Sensing Sound- an original interactive installation designed as an open platform. The installation includes original sound works composed especially for this space, which are translated into visual representations influenced by the movement of the visitors. The gallery is thus transformed into an echoing chamber, offering visitors a multi-sensory experience that underscores the connection between design, space, and sound.