Reverb: Sound Into Art

Why does sound have such a powerful emotional impact on humans? Reverb: The Hayward Gallery's Reverb: Sound Into Art will explore the phenomenon with a breathtaking series of installations. Peter Gray reports.

In a refreshing break from the norm, the Hayward Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, Reverb: Sound into Art, will require that visitors listen, rather than just look, at the show’s exhibits.

Showcasing a series of artists who work predominantly with sound, the exhibition will explore how what we hear impacts us and the space around us.

Sound can have a profound effect on human beings. Music is perhaps the most salient evidence of this fact. Depending on the melody, mood, arrangement and instrumentation, music has the ability to make the listener happy, sad, angry or calm.

Music and sound can accordingly define how we think about and respond to particular spaces. This is why institutions place so much importance on the music they play when welcoming guests or customers.

With a series of installations focusing on sound, noise and quiet, Reverb: Sound Into Art will offer visitors a series of “transformative journeys through music, noise and silence”.

Responding to the space, the exhibition will focus in particular on installations that resonate with the Hayward Gallery’s acclaimed brutalist architecture, highlighting and complementing the space.

Reverb Sound Into Art will showcase 14 artists who work in the field of sound. They include Olivia Beer, Camille Norment, Hannah Perry, Reena Saini Kallat, Anri Sala, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, James Webb and Zimoun, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Tarek Atoui, Cevdet Erek, Kahlil Joseph, Christine Sun Kim, and Yuko Mohri.

This group are at the forefront of artistic endeavour into the nature of sound, looking at the physical and emotional impact of the medium and how it defines the places in which we live, work and frequent.

Reverb: Sound into Art at the Hayward Gallery has been postponed due to the Coronavirus Crisis. More information about the exhibition cam be found here.

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What: new exhibition
When: postponed
Where: Hayward Gallery