- Silent Room
Silent Room is an anechoic space from which any sound or colour is filtered - a black hole in the sensory overload of its outside environment.
A 40' long matt black building that is both soundproof and anechoic through an acoustic decoupling of spaces. Visitors pass through the space lit by a sole monochromic light, excluded from any other visual or audible manifestation but themselves - a rare, completely unmediated state.
Eventually, as ears and senses adapt, in the monochrome silence the visitor becomes the sound.
The effect of an anechoic chamber has been described as unbalancing, disconcerting and hallucinative: it is said no person has ever been able to be more than 45 minutes inside one.
Commissioned by SXSW, Silent Room has been developed by Heijdens over the course of 2015 in collaboration with the Acoustics department of the University of Texas at Austin and Auralex Acoustics, and is kindly supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York and Stimuleringsfonds, build by Fine Line Austin.
Linnean Ave. Washington DC Jan-Feb 2017
SXSW Austin, Texas - March 2016
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