Exploring sound through forms

  • Sound Lathe, Owl Project, 2005. At Terra exhibition, Jerwood Space, London, 2011. Photo: Tomas Rydin.
  • Left: Scanner live at Winter Garden, New York, 2009 Photo: LHG. Right: Ismini Samanidou weaving Timeline at Oriole Mill, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 2013. Photo: Bethanne Knudson.
  • Cathy Lane recording in Iceland, 2004.
    Photo: Cathy Greenhalgh.
  • Left: Dominic Wilcox in his studio, 2012. Photo: Joe Mcgorty.
    Right: Yuri Suzuki performing with Prepared Turntable, 2008.
    Photo: Toru Nagahama.
  • Lucie Rie vs Grindcore Performance, Keith Harrison, 2012.
    Photo: Anthony Quinn.
  • Max Eastley performing at Raven Row, London, 2011.
    Photo: Eva Hertzog.
  • Studio Weave and Ecology of Colour, Dartford, Kent, 2012.
    Photo: Studio Weave.

Sound Matters considers the connections between craft practice and sound art. Seven contemporary works have been selected to illustrate ways in which these two distinct practices collide. Exploring the physicality of sound, the works are characterised by both their sonic properties and materiality

The makers and artists represented in this exhibition demonstrate how an engagement with sound also implicates an engagement with matter. Drawn from across creative disciplines, each work is indicative of a different approach: looking to traditional craft heritage and processes such as weaving and woodturning to create new sound forms, playing with shared technologies and language and revealing the sounds of materials.

With its equal emphasis on sound and form, Sound Matters offers a new and multi-sensory engagement with craft, with each work demanding to be heard as well as seen. With works of varying scale and volume, it is as important to listen as to look to fully experience the show.

The audio content presented on this website was produced by Resonance 104.4FM, a radio station dedicated to experimental sound and radio art. The recordings feature each of the makers and artists in conversation with the exhibition’s curatorial advisor, David Toop, Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at University of the Arts London.

  • Curatorial Advisor: David Toop
  • Exhibition Design: Faudet-Harrison
  • Exhibition Production: Nick Winfield,
    Jim Haste
  • Graphic Design: A Practice for Everyday Life
  • Graphic Production: Screencraft,
    Healeys Print Group
  • Website Development: Oliver Smith
  • Audio Interpretation: Richard Thomas,
    Resonance FM
  • Audio Visual Display: ADi Solutions
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