Holon's number one design museum seems to have a common theme this year: the senses. First came sight, with their weird and wonderful eyeglass exhibition 'Overview,' and now, they're moving on to tackle the auditory senses. 'Sound and Matter in Design' aims to connect our auditory experience as an amorphous theme with the design world by examining five unique aspects in an entirely interactive way.
The first work visitors encounter upon entering the exhibit is 'The Architecture of Sound / The Sound of Architecture,' which "integrates sound elements into the museum architecture [to] transform the museum into a structure performing a unique musical creation, in which the visitors are the chief performers."
The exhibition invites its 'performers' for an all-round tactile encounter where they can hear, see, and feel the sounds around them; an invitation to not just experience, but rather be this central component designed by society and culture.
The Upper Gallery's 'Seeing Sound' showcases over 50 objects created by local designers as well as iconic objects by international designers, all of which express the technological processes of sound and how these developments (from 1960 to the present day) have impacted the design world.
While the design world is characterized by physical and visual elements such as matter, color, and texture, when in its raw form, sound becomes an equally important abstract element available to the designer. This notion is articulated through vertical record players, linear gramophones, and even tactile sound projects for Alzheimer's patients, designed by this year's graduates from the Department of Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Sound is even translated to jewelry in Dana Hakim Bercovich's solo exhibition 'Through the Mesh,' which reimagines the metal mesh used in audio speakers to produce beautiful necklaces and decorative pieces.
From radios to installations to LEGO blocks, fabrics, and even vegetables, visitors will see, touch, hear, and experience sound in ways they never thought possible.
Until October 28. Design Museum Holon, 8 Pinhas Eilon St, Holon (073-2151500, dmh.org.il).