Sound in Art

Sound in Art

Can you hear paintings? Can sound be art? Read on for more about artists who are asking these questions this week...

Sounding Board 

Just in time for the half-term break, 180 Studios on London's The Strand, opened a new exhibition last week dedicated to the intersection between art and sound. 'The Vinyl Factory-Reverb' is the largest exhibition of its kind ever staged bringing together over 100 artists and musicians. Site-specific audio installations will be on display by artists such as Jeremy Deller, Hito Steyerl and William Kentridge. A new work by Theaster Gates Amplified will act as a sonic installation in the day, and will transform into a stage for live performances in the evening.

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Surprising Sounds

What can hear when you look at this painting? It may seem like an odd question, but when you look closely this 19th Century painting by Henri Rousseau 'Surprised!', it almost seems to come alive! The tiger bears it teeth, as if it is growling, and a bolt of lightning in the background suggests a thunderclap will soon follow. Discover which other senses Rousseau appeals to in this painting by watching our film taught by young presenter Sienna, in our 7-11 category. 

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Sound Machines

'Sound Machines' is an online exhibition by MoMA that you can enjoy from the comfort of home. The exhibition explores sound and technology, and features online works by artists such as Holly Herndon, Mat Dryhurst, Yoko Ono and Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley. Yoko Ono's SOUND PIECE V (1996/2024) is a digital interactive work revealing how extraordinary sounds can come from everyday activities, for example “Tape the sound of friends laughing together. / Save it for a rainy day.”. Participants can add their own recordings and create a sound archive.