- Silent Room
A 40’/12 meter long matt black building that is fully soundproof and anechoic, in which visitors spend a moment alone, excluded from any sound or colour. Like a black hole in its outside environment, Silent Room’s interior blocks out all sound coming from the outside, and absorbs any sound that is made inside, while the monochromic lighting filters all colours out of the space.
An immersive experience of silence and peace, devoid of any visual or audible manifestation but the self – a rare, unmediated state.
Silent Room’s sound profing technology through acoustic decoupling of spaces has been developed by Simon Heijdens in collaboration with the Acoustics department of the University of Texas over the course of 2015. The work was commissioned by Sxsw Austin Texas, where it had its first exhibition in March 2016, after which it was exhibited in Washington DC in January 2017, IFFR in Jan 2018 and ART Rotterdam in Feb 2018.
Rotterdam - ART Rotterdam - Feb 2018
Rotterdam - Kruisplein, IFFR - Jan 2018
Washington DC - Linnean Ave. - Jan-Feb 2017
Austin Texas — SXSW - March 2016