V&A announces sound design programme

The Victoria and Albert museum has announced a hefty sound design programme, with ‘show and tells’ from sound designers as part of its Digital Design Drop In, and a sound design workshop with its sound artist in residence Jason Singh.

V&A sound artist in residence Jason Singh
V&A sound artist in residence Jason Singh

Hosted in the Digital Studio of the V&A’s Sackler centre, Singh will take visitors through recorded and synthesised sound design, processing and performance.

The visitors will be given the chance to create audio responses to the V&A’s architectural spaces and collections collaboratively.

Meanwhile the Digital Design Drop-in will be presented in collaboration with arts organisation Sound and Music in three parts. Sound designers will bring in works which are either finished or in progress to discuss with an audience.

Sound artist Jennifer Walshe has been described variously as ‘The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the last 20 years,’ by The Irish Times and the ‘wild girl of Darmstadt’ by Frankfurter Rundschau. 

You can make your own mind up at the end of April when she’ll be running an audience through projects including XXX Live Nude Girls – an opera for Barbie dolls and an ongoing project, Grúpat.

Grúpat is an art collective comprising twelve members – all alter egos of Walshe – who has created compositions, installations, graphic scores, films, photography, sculpture and fashion for the concept.

Ben Gwilliam will drop in to talk about his work in sound and music within film, installation and performance.

He describes his practice as ‘drawing attention to sound and the context of listening and looking, revealing visual and musical processes.’

The final Digital Drop-In leg will be taken by Aleks Kolkowski, sound artist at the Science Museum – where he creates performances and installations based on research of the collections, and recordings made within the museum.

Kolkowski has explored historical sound recording and reproduction to make contemporary acoustic music. Working with singers, instrumentalists and singing canaries his work often features live sound inscriptions onto wax cylinders and lacquer discs using Edison phonographs or old disc recording lathes.

Digital Design Drop-in in collaboration with Sound & Music takes place in the V&A Sackler Centre, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 on 28 April, 19 May, and 30 June. Sound Design takes place on 1 June.

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  • sound designer November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Sound is just such an important aspect what we should never forget even this is great even without! sound designer

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