Soundscape White Lady

Soundscape White Lady

Exploring the integration of the sound factor in the design process

May 2000

The manifestation Soundscape White Lady aimed at providing the impetus for the integration of the sound factor in the design process, exploring not only the functional but also the more poetic aspects of sound in relation to products and spaces. Participating in a varied programme, designers and architects, philosophers, psychologists, sound artists and acousticians engaged in an interdisciplinary exploration into the properties of sound.

 

Soundscape White Lady was made up of an exhibition, a symposium, a workshop, a performance on the Lichtplein and a film programme. In Machines Sonores, a show on display in MU, the French sound artist Frédéric le Junter presented a number of his installations built of the objects he found along the Atlantic shores. Played in a technically inventive yet organicic way, these installations generated intriguing sound patterns. Key theme of the symposium in the Auditorium of De Witte Dame was the factor sound in relation to products and spaces considered from various angles. Among the introductory speakers were Joost Meuwissen (architect), Michael van Hoogenhuizen (art historian), Bernard Delage (acoustician and architect), Patrick Jordan (psychologist), Stephen Brewster (sound designer) and Ruud Kaulingfreks (philosopher). The particpants in the workshop were offered the opportunity to actualise and deepen their knowledge of the acoustic qualities of products and spaces. These properties were explored and investigated by a number of interdisciplinary teams led by Horst Rickels (sound artist and composer), Othmar Schimmel (sound designer Philips Design), Dik Hermes (researcher Instituut Perceptie Onderzoek) and Bernard Delage (acoustician and architect). De Weergave, a performance carried out on the Lichtplein, was conceptualised by Dick Raaijmakers, composer and artist, and devised to bring home the images and the sounds of the film 'Philips-radio', shot in 1930 by filmmaker Joris Ivens and composer Lou Lichtveld, to their place of origin, De Witte Dame. In a film programme focussed on the relation between sound and image and organised by Plaza Futura, a number of movies including Lola Rennt, The Hole, Alexandr Nevski and De Man Met De Camera (The Man with the Camera).