Sonic Arcade

The Museum of Arts and Design, New York

14 September 2017 – 25 February 2018


Within the area of art, sound has the most room for development in music. Now, from 14 September 2017, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York is exploring many other facets of sound in the exhibition “Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound”.

How can the fleeting and abstract nature of sound be experienced by using matter in a spatial context? The exhibition displays the diverse options available to do this with interactive installations, immersive environments, and objects all of which visitors may access.

The works explore sound as a unique type of substance that reacts to physical stimuli and is transmitted via electronic circuits and signals, radio waves and resonant bodies over distances and can be conveyed to the listener. As a result, sound is not only heard but perceived by one’s whole body.

The works by contemporary artists, performers and designers tackle the potential of sound as a malleable material. As an element that can fill space and time and combine with these, sound is an effective tool for creating environments that are perceived holistically and can place listeners in a unique atmosphere.

Using these multi-sensory experiences, the exhibition achieves a new way of perceiving the environment in which visual stimuli no longer have such a superior role.

Works on display include those by Emily Counts, Louise Foo and Martha Skou, Anna Friz and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.


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