Shaping Space with Sound

22 Aug 2017 — 11 Feb 2018 at the MAD Museum in New York, United States

12 JULY 2017
Shaping Space with Sound. Courtesy of MAD
Shaping Space with Sound. Courtesy of MAD

Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound is a multi-component exhibition featuring interactive installations, immersive environments, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. At a time when so much visual information is being dispatched, consumed, and digested, the auditory provides a compelling sensory experience that is capable of reorienting the body to consider spatial and interpersonal relationships anew.

Comprised of linked solo and curated projects, Sonic Arcade explores sound as substance, framing it as interdependent material that is physically crafted and transmitted through electronic circuits and signals, radio waves, and resonant bodies that create encounters that are not only heard, but felt. The exhibition features contemporary artists, designers, and performers who respond to sound’s potential as a material that influences how people experience space, their environment, and time, drawing out the ability of the auditory to provide a fresh perspective on how surroundings, and the body, are perceived and engaged.

Sonic Arcade features Audiowear, a collaborative solo project by Arjen Noordeman and Christie Wright.

Audiowear is curated for the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery by Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford.

Leading support for Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound is generously provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Michele and Marty Cohen. The Museum of Arts and Design also gratefully acknowledges the support of exhibition co-chairs Andi Potamkin Blackmore and Laura and Lewis Kruger, as well as the Consulate General of Israel. In-kind support for this exhibition is provided by KEF.