KIMA: Noise at Tate Exchange
KIMA: Noise runs daily from 20 – 24 November from 12.00 – 18.00 at Tate Exchange, Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern
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How do urban noises affect our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing? From 20 – 24 November, art collective Analema Group will explore the effects of urban noise through interactive art at Tate Exchange.
KIMA: Noise will combine geometric sound sculpture, large-scale, real-time projection and live streaming of urban noise from around Tate Modern. KIMA: Noise, will run alongside a rich programme of activities to explore urban noises through participatory art, talks, a performance and a workshop at Tate Exchange. Following a year-long development with Stephen Stansfeld, Queen Mary University of London, KIMA: Noise presents the outcome of this collaboration between research and cutting-edge, participatory art at Tate Exchange to the public. The project brings together scientists and artists with local communities and the general public to open a discourse on the impact of noise on wellbeing. Through innovative art practices, the collective Analema Group will highlight the effect of urban noise on health.
Tate Exchange is a space for everyone to make, play, talk, and reflect, and to discover new perspectives through art. Based at Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool, Tate Exchange works with over sixty associates to collaboratively produce a programme that explores the impact of art on individuals, communities, and societies. London is a major city with noise problems just like any other large metropolitan area. Noise pollution, ranging from effects generated by the nuisance of traffic to airplane hums, disrupts everyday life and affects us whether we are aware of it or not. Although a multitude of sources contribute to this urban noise pollution, an ordinary citizen might only be aware of a general hum; ‘the white noise’.
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KIMA: Noise invites audiences to experience the ‘ocean of urban sounds’ surrounding them daily in a completely new way. Microphone stations will capture sounds from Tate Modern’s direct urban environment and recreate them as an immersive surround sound installation within Tate Exchange. Real-time city noises will be analysed and represented spatially through an ambisonic experience and as a projection piece. Consciously becoming aware of the sources and the qualities of these sounds, the audience will connect with noise by experiencing sound arranged as immersive spatial audio-visual composition; a 3-dimensional, invisible sound sculpture for the audience to discover. During the event visitors can draw their own perceptions of sound, in the form of ‘graphic scores’, to then experience these representations as geometric soundscapes.
A visual expression of sounds, also drawn from Tate Modern’s urban environment will be projected in the space on the gallery’s windows. The projection will allow the audience to re-contextualise sound – echoes from the background “white noise”. Handing over a degree of control to the audience, Analema Group will connect to the annual theme of Tate Exchange programme, ‘Power’ to the subject of noise and its effect on health. The audience will be invited to envision creative ways of dealing with noise in their own lives through active listening and participation. Throughout the installation at Tate Exchange, the audience will learn about the history of noise in art, the effects of noise on our physical body and mental states.
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In addition to the participatory art pieces, the audience will be invited to discuss their own experiences with noise in a workshop and in two talks, bringing together local residents and communities with experts on the effect of noise on health. An art film will complete the project with the interviews with experts, local residents and artists – sharing their experience of urban noise and creative strategies of dealing with its effects.
The project is part of ongoing development, including Prof. Stephen Stansfeld, and leading institutions such as Queen Mary University as well as the EMERGE centre and the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. The project is supported by PRG UK – provider of events technology, products and services as well as PSL Mediagroup and Accucities.
KIMA: Noise is supported by the Arts Council Funding
About Tate Exchange
Tate Exchange, founded in 2016, is a platform at Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool that explores how art makes a difference in society. It does this through collaboration with a cohort of Associate organisations, from across the arts, education, health and wellbeing and community development, and the public, in response to an annual theme, and through a participative, process-led and socially engaged art practice. Admission is free and it can be found at Level 5 of the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern, and in the first-floor gallery at Tate Liverpool. Please visit tate.org.uk/tateexchange for further details
About Tate Exchange Associates
Analema Group is a Tate Exchange Associate. Organisations from a wide range of fields beyond the gallery’s normative reach have become Associates of Tate Exchange. This group programmes the dedicated spaces at Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool. Working in a spirit of risk, generosity, openness and trust, the Associates programme and collaborate with one another around an annual theme inspired by conversations with the public and Tate’s collection. Now in its fourth year, Tate Exchange has over 80 Associates and consistently engage audiences new to the museum. For the full list of Associates and more information please visit tate.org.uk/tate-exchange.
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