While the excitement builds for the Olympic Games this summer, London is also preparing for their Design Festival of mid-September. In a joint effort between Arup and Sound and Music, the installation at Trafalgar Square will focus on the idea of design you cannot see by creating a black rubberized portal that will transport visitors to inaccessible places and remote environments through a series of three-dimensional soundscapes created by leading musicians and sound designers. By isolating the sense of sound, visitors will be submerged in a completely new environment as they stand in one of the busiest squares in the world. More about BE OPEN after the break.
BE OPEN, a creative think tank, is a cultural and humanitarian initiative that aims to harness the brainpower of creative leaders through a system of conferences, competitions, exhibitions, master classes, cultural and art events. Led by Russian businesswoman, entrepreneur, celebrated maecenas and philanthropist, Elena Baturina, the initiative ties leading contemporary thinkers with those in the media and business to discuss ideas and visions, and ultimately make change happen. As part of a new global initiative to foster creativity, BE OPEN and the Design Festival will commission five different works that will present a range of vibrant sonic and musical responses to London’s most iconic public space. Confirmed artists include Jana Winderen and Russian artist Ivan Pavlov. We will be following the development of the installation during the months ahead, in addition to other London Design Festival activities.