The iconic contemporary design building - Design Museum Holon designed by famous British Israeli designer Ron Arad was transformed into the giant musical instrument for four months (June, 29th – October, 29th, 2017) exhibition Sound and Matter in Design. Visitors can listen its music, look at curious historic and contemporary sound objects and experience an interactive sound spaces. The exhibition explores innovative aspects of the multidimensional relationship between sound and product & interior design.
The exhibition's largest object is the Design Museum Holon iconic building itself designed by Ron Arad, which, already a "musical building" in its visual appearance, is itself transformed into a musical instrument. Titled The Sound of Architecture, the site-specific installation curated by Anat Safran and Lila Chitayat exploits the building's architecture and the capacity of its hollow Corten ribbons to function as echo chambers to create an all-immersive “musical arena", where visitors become the composers. The sound is emanated from 100 speakers located in different areas, as well as from the building itself, compelling the viewers into the multi-sensory nature of the exhibition and inviting them to delve into their individual perception of sound.
Inside the Museum, the Upper Gallery features Seeing Sound, an exhibition curated by Anat Safran, Lila Chitayat and Elisabetta Pisu, containing over 50 objects designed from the 1960s to the present. Divided into three categories - stationary, mobile, and interactive objects – the exhibition features historical pieces that recount the evolution of stereo systems and speakers, as well as contemporary pieces that constitute furnishing accessories for the living room.
Located in the Dr. Shulamit Katzman Gallery (the Lower Gallery) is Sensing Sound – an interactive installation created and curated by Anat Safran and Lila Chitayat in collaboration with eight sound artists. Designed as an open platform and transforming the gallery into a resonating chamber, the installation includes original sound works composed especially for this space, which are translated into visual representations influenced by the movement of the visitors. Vibrations are a key, instantly perceptible component of the installation, transporting visitors into a world where the movements of sound become visible and the visual and tangible character of sound becomes clear.
The Peripheral Corridor of the Museum features a solo exhibition titled Through the Mesh curated by Yael Taragan of jewellery artist Dana Hakim Bercovich, who makes use of metal mesh (speaker grille) used in loudspeakers and audio equipment for the design and creation of unique jewellery pieces that can be worn on the body.
Featured in the Design Lab is Loops, an exhibition including selected items from the Museum collection that embody a set of principles that tie in and apply to both sound and design alike.