- Silent Room
A 40’ long matt black building that is fully soundproof and anechoic, in which visitors spend a moment alone, excluded from any sound or colour as its walls absorb every soundwave and the monochromic lighting reduces all colours to black and white. Devoid of any visual or audible manifestation but the self – a rare, unmediated state.
An immersive experience of silence and peace, forming a black hole in the sensory overload of its outside environment. Experiencing an anechoic chamber has been described as ‘unbalancing’, ‘disconcerting’ and ‘hallucinative’. It’s said no person has been able to be more than 45 minutes inside one.
Silent Room’s sound proofing technology through acoustic decoupling of spaces has been developed by Heijdens in collaboration with the Acoustics department of the University of Texas. The project was originally commissioned by SXSW where it had its first exhibition in Austin Texas in March 2016, following which it will be set in a variety of locations and contexts throughout the US.
Washington DC - Linnean Ave. - Jan-Feb 2017
Austin Texas — SXSW - March 2016
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