On Saturday I embarked upon the De La Warr pavilion with the intention of leading people around the excellent new Sean Dower exhibition – the voyeur – in a whole new way. I brought with me blindfolds, ear protectors and some brown noise on an ipod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownian_noise). Visitors were then invited to walk and be led around the exhibition, one blindfolded, one with no hearing in a bid to invigorate the imagination and experience the exhibition in a whole new way. The response was amazing! It seems that taking away a sense re-awakens another, and this is something personally I’m very excited by (check out http://www.earfilms.com – a project which I have long been working on).
The responses were too involved to publish all of them, but here are a selection:
From the people who experienced the exhibition first without any sound:
‘I imagined the wall making a sound like rubber bungs being pulled in front of a tight wire’
‘I think that these pictures would sound like wind from the hills flowing over roofs.’
‘I imagine this wall to sound like a random graphic equaliser’
‘I think the room would sound like an empty auditorium, just waiting to be filled’
And from the people who experienced the exhibition first without any sight:
‘It sounded like I was inside the bowl of a drum, or a terrible storm at sea howling around me’
‘This sounds like a mad scientists lab where someones just turned up the dial’
‘This is like the distant roar of a jet engine, or a huge cathedral choir’
‘It sounds like I’m right on top of the sound, like I’m in a big ship, hissing and rustling’
If you would like to come and have this experience then why not come along on the 18th of August when i will be back doing it again.